By Greg Stempfle, Chair
Libertarians from across Michigan will assemble for their 2020 Candidate Nominating Convention on Saturday, July 18 starting at 9:00 A.M. We will be gathering at the Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, Michigan 49735. Everyone is welcome to attend! You may register for it here.
The main purpose of this convention will be the nomination of Libertarian candidates for the 2020 general election ballot. Offices on the ballot include; US Senate, Congress, State House, Justice of the Supreme Court, State Board of Education, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Wayne State University Board of Governors, and delegates to the Electoral College. County, township, and village candidates may also be nominated. Candidate paperwork and a public notary will be available there.
Delegates will also get the opportunity to make changes to the LPM platform, hear reports from current state party officers, and hold caucuses to select Congressional district representatives to fill any vacancies on the state executive committee.
You must be selected as a state convention delegate or alternate by a local affiliate or unaffiliated regional caucus and be a Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) member in order to vote at the convention. Note that if you have never been a member of the LPM, you must join at least 30 days prior to the convention (by June 18) to serve as a state convention delegate or alternate. Past LPM members whose memberships have lapsed or current national members, may pay $25 to renew their LPM membership as late as the same day. You may join or renew membership at michiganlp.org/donate.
Affiliates set their own caucus dates, which must take place before July 11, so check with your local affiliate for date, time and place of the caucus. Members living in counties without an affiliate may take part in regional video-conference caucuses which will be June 25. Here is a current list of LPM affiliate caucus dates and locations.
Delegates must also register for the 2020 convention, in addition to being selected by an affiliate, even if only attending the free business session.
The LPM’s annual LibertyFest Awards, which were originally scheduled to be given at the postponed March 14 state convention, will instead be given during the luncheon at this state convention. We will present Defender of Liberty awards to our 2019 Spokesperson for Liberty, Promoter of Liberty and Producer of Liberty.
Following the end of convention business, the the LPM will be holding an evening banquet with a DJ and karaoke open mic.
Note: These events may need to be held outside in a tent due to social distancing requirements. This is only a precaution in case restrictions are in place. Indoor rooms are large enough for attendees to maintain six feet distance between one another.
To register for the convention, visit the convention registration page. Pricing is as follows:
Even if you are attending only the free business sessions, please sign up so we can have your credentials printed and ready.
Also, PLEASE make sure your membership is up to date before arriving at the convention! You may experience delays if you register at the convention. You can renew you membership at michiganlp.org/donate/
Our deadline for meal reservations is 7/11/20, so click here to sign up online today, or mail your registration check to Libertarian Party of Michigan, PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909.
A block of hotel rooms at Treetops has been reserved for those attending the state convention. The cost per night will be $119 plus tax. To get rooms at this reduced rate you must call them and mention the “Libertarian Party.” You may reserve your room here: