Rutherford currently serves as Vice-Chair of the National Libertarian Party and served as Chairman of Indiana's Libertarian Party for seven years. He is also head of the Indiana Public Defender Commission and the Atlas Liberty PAC.
"I believe in the Libertarian Party," he stated at his announcement, "and I believe we can compete with the Republicans and Democrats." He further added that he wants to see the people that score as "libertarian" on David Nolan's "World's Smallest Political Quiz" to be running for, and elected to office.
The Libertarian Party Chair will be chosen by delegates at the party's convention May 4th-6th at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Mark Hinkle currently serves in that position.
A video of the announcement is embedded below. Rutherford's website is here.