Michigan Libertarian Volume 46:10-11

Michigan Libertarian Volume 46:10-11

Newsletter

(October-November) 2017


 

In This Issue:

Thank you for all of the articles. Keep them coming with carefull attention to our guidelines. Due to this tremendous sucess we are moving to a monthly publication schedule. Articles for the next issue of the Michigan Libertarian must be submitted to chair@nullmichiganlp.org, scottyboman@nullhotmail.com and vcpoliticaldirector@nullmichiganlp.org no later than November 30th. Subsequent deadlines will be the 25th of each month.

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LeCureaux Re-elected, Liberating Initiatives And More!

by Greg Stempfle

Three members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan competed in yesterday’s general election.

In Hazel Park, incumbent councilman Andy LeCureaux was re-elected to serve another term. Andy finished in third place, out of six candidates, which earned him a two year term. The two candidates ahead of him were each elected to four year terms as Hazel Park begins the process of staggering their council seats.

Andy LeCureaux: Michigan’s most elected Libertarian.

Andy LeCureaux: Michigan’s most elected Libertarian.

In the special election for Michigan State House District 1, which covers Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores and the easternmost portion of Detroit, Libertarian Gregory Creswell came in third place with 3.3%. Creswell made history this year by becoming the first Libertarian to appear in a partisan primary election.

Scotty Boman came in second place for the nonpartisan Detroit Police Commissioner, District 4. He was defeated by Willie Bell by a vote of 60%-40%.

Libertarians had their eyes on a few other contests yesterday.

Voters in Lathrup Village and Keego Harbor approved local ordinances that prevent police from using asset forfeiture to seize people’s property without a conviction.

Former LPM Treasurer Erin Stahl came up short in her bid for St. Clair Shores City Council. Erin came in fourth place among six candidates with 17% of the vote.

More dispensaries will be able to operate, but they will need to tone down the signage.

More dispensaries will be able to operate, but they will need to tone down the signage.

 

Detroiters Vote To Give Dispensaries A Break

Two initiatives passed in Detroit that will make life easier for Medical Marijuana caregivers and patients. Most of Detroit’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries were forced to close after The City Council passed strict restrictions, in December of 2015, that prohibited them from being within 1000 feet of a long list of places including schools, churches, liquor stores and other dispensaries. One ordinance removes most of the distance restrictions except those pertaining to K-12 schools. The other creates licensing procedures connected to medical marijuana distribution including transportation in motor vehicles.

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Join or Renew Your National LP Membership by December 31!

By Bill Hall and the LPM Membership Committee

The deadline is December 31. That’s when the national Libertarian Party counts its Michigan members, to determine how many delegates Michigan may send to the LP National Convention in New Orleans, July 1-3, 2018. Our membership count also determines whether we are one of the 10 largest state memberships, and can appoint a delegate to the national Platform Committee.

If you aren’t a national member, please join now. If your national membership has lapsed, please renew. The cost is only $25. Go to https://www.lp.org/membership. If an additional $25 is a financial hardship for you, and you want to become a national member for the first time, then we do have contributors willing to help by paying $10 of your cost to join. Contact Treasurer Jason Brandenburg for details, at treasurer@nullmichiganlp.org.

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Maryanne Godboldo (July 25, 1954 – October 11, 2017)

By Scotty Boman

Detroit, MI – Libby winner Maryanne Godboldo died at the age of 63 after being “unresponsive” due to an aneurysm that afflicted her last year. In February the Detroit mother received the Spokesperson for Liberty Award for withstanding a ten hour standoff with police, an armed assault by a SWAT team and a tank, after she refused to give her daughter Risperdal (a potentially harmful antipsychotic drug).

 

Maryanne Godboldo.

Maryanne Godboldo.

Because of her illness her sister, Penny Godboldo Brooks received the Spokesperson for Liberty Award on Maryanne’s behalf. At the time she commented that Maryanne could hear, and that she appeared to cheer up when told about the award.

Maryanne is also survived by her daughter Ariana (whom she was defending at the time of the standoff), and her niece Ambyr.

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The Kokesh Freedom Tour Visits Michigan

By Brian Ellison

Editor’s note: This article pertains to a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of Michigan campaign stops by any such contender, without endorsing one candidate over another.

Royal Oak MI – Adam Kokesh seems to sparks controversy wherever he goes. As a Marine Corps and Iraq War veteran, he agrees with Ron Paul that “You don’t have to go to Iraq to read the Constitution!” He’s been a freedom activist for over 10 years, beginning with his involvement in Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2007. He’s been arrested or detained over 30 times for dozens of acts of civil disobedience, and he’s a staunch advocate for using the Libertarian message as a tool to expose the violence and corruption of the government. Although viewed by many as controversial, Kokesh is exactly what the Libertarian Party needs to get to the next level.

Adam Kokesh (Right) In Adams traveling home.

Mike Saliba (Left) and Adam Kokesh (Right) In Adams traveling home.

Kokesh is a former television and radio host and, until recently, a major YouTube contributor. In 2013 he wrote a book titled FREEDOM!, which advocates for changing to a voluntaryist society through an evolutionary (better than revolutionary) process that focuses on liquidation or localization of government authority. As he sees it, localization is the best way to allow Americans in different regions and walks of life to be free without treading on each other the way they do under a centralized federal government with one-size-fits-all policies.

On August 1st of this year, Kokesh embarked on the #TaxationIsTheft national tour to promote his book and to spread the message of voluntaryism. Kokesh’s 68-city tour is in its second half, currently heading down the east coast, then across the southern states, before finishing in Phoenix on November 18th. The tour came to the Detroit area on September 14th and 15th.

On the evening of Friday September 15th, the tour hosted an open bar event at the Royal Oak Eagles Club. 35 people attended, with a heathy mixture of LP members and non-party libertarians, from late teens to seniors. After a brief introduction by Not-Campaign Manager Ben Farmer, Kokesh took center stage to present his ideas.

One of Kokesh’s main focuses was broadening the public reach and appeal of the Libertarian Party. He emphasized the need for greater involvement and encouraged all in attendance to join a local affiliate. “I have yet to hear a complaint about the Libertarian Party that couldn’t be solved by the person complaining joining and getting involved.”, commented Kokesh, “If you don’t like the way the local affiliate does things, start another LP group or caucus.”

Another main point of emphasis was a need for party unity. Everyone in attendance agreed that the party will only prosper if differences can be put aside to work towards our common goals. In response to the nastiness between the anarchists and minarchists within the Party, Kokesh proposed resurrecting the Dallas Accords. This refers to an informal agreement between anarchists and minarchists within the party to stop arguing over whether the party should be anarchist or minarchist; that neither faction is anywhere near their desired end goals and they must work together to reduce the size and scope of the present government system. Several apolitical anarchists were swayed to get involved with the Party.

Kokesh explained his plans to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for president in 2020. His campaign will be based “on the platform of the peaceful, orderly, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government.”

His plan revolves around the concept of declaring the federal government to have no authority by executive order, invoking the higher authority of the Declaration of Independence, and resigning on Day One, assuming the role of “custodian” of the US government throughout the process of dissolution. As an example of how the proposed plan works, Kokesh suggested spinning off the Department of Veterans Affairs as a private entity with every US military veteran having one voting share. In essence, Adam Kokesh intends to offer the American people an opportunity to peacefully return governmental authority to the states through a process of “Localize, liquidate, or liberate.”

For more information on how to get involved with #KokeshForNotPresident, please contact Brian Ellison at bellison78@nullgmail.com. Additional details on his platform can be found at www.thefreedomline.com.

(Note: Other activists were given an opportunity to share their brief messages as well. Tim Locke of Abrogate Michigan gave a short presentation on a proposed ballot measure to amend the Michigan Constitution to legalize cannabis. For more information on this, you can contact Tim Locke: dm2016bmlcmc@nullgmail.com.)

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Tater Team Halfway To Primary Access

By the Tater Team

Editor’s note: This article has been submitted by a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides equal access to any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another.

John Tatar

John Tatar

The John J Tatar for governor of Michigan campaign is going very well. We have collected almost half of the signatures required for primary ballot access. We may not be fast in gathering but we are persistent. Up to now we have had volunteers that are on the Tatar Team collecting signatures; therefore we have spent very little money so-far. But we are now offering $1.00 per signature for those that are interested in making a little money for their efforts. All those who join the Tatar Team will also receive heartfelt thanks.

I hope that all the readers will go to my website johnjtatar.com for further information on the “Tatar stances and opinions” regarding the political landscape of this cesspool in Lansing, and how and what we can do to flush this problem out of office. We need to make a serious sea change to return the State of Michigan back to the Republic that is guaranteed by Article IV Section 4 of the United States Constitution.

We hope to hear from you. johnjtatar@nullyahoo.com.

 

 

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Brian Ellison, Libertarian for US Senate

Senate hopeful is blazing a new trail for the Libertarian Party, with big goals for all of Michigan.

By Brian Ellison

Editor’s note: This article has been submitted by a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides equal access to any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another.

Brian Ellison from Madison Heights has officially announced his run for US Senate as a Libertarian…

Brian was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. Shortly after graduating from high school he joined the US Army. During his 8+ years of military service, he attended various colleges/universities, started a family, and spent three years combined overseas, included a one year tour in Iraq from 2004-2005. After returning from Iraq, he and his family came home to Michigan in 2005, where they currently live in Madison Heights.

Brian is a graduate from several military courses and earned an associate’s degree from Central Texas College. He also earned top academic honors and a leadership award from the Wayne County Regional Police Academy, before entering the private sector where he currently works as a construction estimator and pre-construction manager. Brian has worked in the construction management field for 12 years.

As a Libertarian, Brian believe in self-ownership, the free-market, and opposes the initiation of force against others. These deeply held beliefs guide both his personal choices and his policy positions. They are also his aspirations for both himself and our country.

Brian believes that to move forward with these beliefs, we must be practical and reasonable in their implementation. He knows that as a nation we have a long way to go before realizing the benefits of Libertarian ideals, but that the work must begin now. He understands that while we have a long road ahead of us, we must grow the Liberty movement, because only together can the citizens of this country take back the liberties that have been stolen from each of us.

As your candidate, Brian will focus on spreading the message of Libertarianism and the common threads that bind both the Libertarian party and all Americans. Brian will fight not just to reduce the size and scope of government but, the creation of a non-interventionist foreign policy, and repealing and opposing oppressive legislation.

U.S. Senate candidate Brian Ellison

U.S. Senate candidate Brian Ellison

“One of the primary focuses of my campaign is the need for demilitarization. Our current model of interventionism is unsustainable and contrary to the concept of freedom that our country was founded on,” Brian stated. “We need to bring our troops home from overseas bases and end our foreign entanglements.”

Brian continued, “Our country’s war on drugs leads to even more militarism. In my time in law enforcement training I witnessed firsthand the focus that law enforcement puts on enforcing oppressive drug laws. The resultant police state is far more dangerous than any drug could ever be. We need to stop locking people in cages for substance use.”

When asked why Brian chose to run, he told us, “This election is a great opportunity to show the people of Michigan that the Libertarian Party is a force for political change in our state. We need to seize the opportunity that major party status has presented. As a party, we need to run a strong candidate to deliver the message of liberty. I believe I am that candidate. I’ve always seen myself as a servant to others and I am proud to have the opportunity to serve the needs of the party and the people.”

The campaign has been working diligently on collecting signatures, since Brian announced his candidacy in mid-October. In 3 weeks, the campaign has rallied to collect about 1,200 signatures. “We have a few dedicated volunteers that are making huge strides to get us to our goal of 15,000 valid signatures. This is a big challenge and we will need more help to get there.” We need you to help us get signatures. This is essential in getting our Libertarian candidate the opportunity he and our party deserve. “If we can’t get on the ballot, we can’t get our voice heard,” Brian emphasizes.

Also, consider helping financially. Like any good campaign Brian needs donations to fund what will be a massive endeavor! Please consider a financial gift to support him. Any amount will help whether it’s $20, $50, $100, $1000 or more (Note that federal election laws limit individual donations to $5,400).

If you’d like to speak with Brian, send him an email to Brian@nullEllison4Senate.com. He is still looking to fill some key positions within his campaign staff and would love to talk to you about these opportunities.

Join us online and get started helping right now!

Be sure to check us out on Facebook.

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Gelineau Campaign Issues Strong Challenge

Contributed by Bill Gelineau’s campaign

Editor’s note: This article has been submitted by a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides equal access to any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another.

Supporters sign petition in Allegan.

Supporters sign petition in Allegan.

While the petition process continues for Bill Gelineau and his team to obtain the necessary signatures to qualify for the August primary, word from his camp is that they are within 1500 signatures of their goal — and encourage anyone currently holding petitions to “send them in”. Verification processing will be continuing through December.

Bill Gelineau shares his plan with the audience.

Bill Gelineau shares his plan with the audience.

Meanwhile, Bill began the first in a series of policy speeches at an outreach event in Allegan on November 14. The crowd, which included many West-side members as well as voters from around the area, listened with interest to the Gelineau Plan, a broad outline for reshaping the Michigan state budget and spending priorities. The centerpiece of this plan is a structure reduction in the constitutional spending cap (known as the Headlee Limit), which caps spending in Michigan at 9.49% of personal income.

“I challenge everyone that believes in limited government to endorse my plan”, Bill said. Continuing, “you can’t claim the mantle of the Party of limited government and continue supporting a big government spending limit”. He encouraged everyone interested to check out his website at ComeTogetherMichigan.org. The campaign press release is available for viewing there or on Facebook.

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Campaign Finance Reporting is Fun and Easy

By Greg Stempfle, LPM Political Director

The prospect of having to deal with campaign finance reporting may seem daunting to prospective candidates for public office. If you are considering running, I want to assure you that both Michigan and Federal campaign finance laws are surprisingly easy and straight forward. This is especially true for third party candidates who generally have less complex finances than major party candidates such as hiring a staff or receiving a lot of special interest money. The biggest challenge is to keep careful records of all the money spent and received by the campaign. A detail oriented person will have no trouble filling out the financial reports.

If you file to run for state or local office and plan to spend less than $1,000, you are exempt for any further fillings. For Federal office, the reporting threshold is $5,000. Yes, that’s right. If you spend less than $1,000 (State) or $5,000 (Federal) you do not need to file any campaign finance paperwork. You should still keep track of finances even if you do not plan to spend $1,000. Often times, candidates have so much fun when running for office that they get motived to fundraise, spend more and go over the threshold.

You don’t have to run a big budget campaign to get the word out about your candidacy and to educate voters about the Libertarian Party. You can do a lot of things for your campaign on a budget of less than $1,000.

  • Respond to candidate questionnaires and interviews from media, civic organizations, and advocacy groups. These surveys are often published in voter guides and are an invaluable resource to prospective voters.
  • Many of these same organizations, especially community groups, will invite you to speak and attend candidate forums.
  • Create a campaign website and build a presence on social media platforms. Online advertising can be inexpensive and highly targeted.
  • Print or purchase a moderate amount of campaign literature to pass out. The National Libertarian Party has literature available to buy and the state party will be creating our own Michigan specific literature for candidates to use.

Michigan Campaign Finance Laws

The $1,000 reporting waiver will be a checkbox that appears on a form called the Statement of Organization, which all State and Local candidates have to fill out to run for office. If you are planning to run and don’t check the $1,000 reporting waiver, here are some aspects of Michigan Election Law to keep in mind.

$5,000 requires electronic filing

If your campaign spends more more than $5,000, you must file electronically. The Michigan Bureau of Elections provides software for candidates to file electronically called MERTS (Michigan Electronic Reporting and Tracking System).

Bank account

If you receive any campaign contributions, you must open a separate bank account for your campaign. This will require you to obtain a Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.

Contributions

  • For all contributions, you must record the; amount, date, donor name and address.
  • If the cumulative amount from a single donor exceeds $100, then you must record their occupation and employer.
  • In-kind contributions are goods or services donated to the campaign. For these contributions, you must report their fair market value. Purchases made directly by the candidate are considered in-kind contributions rather than direct contributions.
  • The maximum allowable amount that an individual can donate to each office is $6,800 for Statewide candidates, $2,000 for State Senate candidates and $1,000 for State House candidates. A candidate has no spending limit on their own campaign.
  • The maximum cash contribution is $20
  • No anonymous contributions are allowed.
  • No contributions are allowed directly from corporations or labor unions.

Expenditures

  • For all expenditures, you must record; amount, date, purpose, name and address of business or individual.
  • The maximum cash expenditure is $50. Anything greater requires check or credit card.

Due Dates

Filings are due several times a year. Campaign statements are due before and after the election and there is an annual campaign statement. Since libertarians are running in the August 2018 primary, our candidates must file campaign statements for both the primary and general election. For those already familiar with reporting campaign finances, this is the only change to be aware of due to our new so called major party ballot status.

Important Links

While the above is just a guideline, all candidates and treasurers should familiarize themselves with the basics of campaign finance. Here are some useful links from the Michigan Bureau of Elections that discuss campaign finance in more detail.

Federal Campaign Finance Laws

Candidates for US Congress and US Senate report their campaign finances to the Federal Elections Commission. The reporting requirements are similar to those for state and local candidates but often with different monetary amounts.

  • The reporting waiver is $5,000 and the electronic filing requirement threshold is $50,000.
  • The maximum allowable amount anyone can donate to each office is $2,700.
  • If the cumulative amount from one donor is more than $200, then you must record donor occupation and employer.
  • The maximum cash contribution is $100.
  • The maximum anonymous contribution is $50.
  • Federal candidates should register with the FEC because that is where the media and other organizations get their list of candidates to cover.

Again, candidates and treasurers should familiarize themselves with the basics of Federal Election Law. The FEC website is a helpful resource to learn these requirements.

Federal Election Commission – Help for Candidates and Committees

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Boman Raises the Bar In Police Commissioner Race

By Scotty Boman

In this election I earned my highest percentage thus far! Many people were impressed with my 40% showing. I wasn’t. Sure this was the highest percentage I have ever received. Add to this it was in a monolithically Democratic urban center. Most challengers did no better than I in this general election. Still I was disappointed, even shocked. Why? I honestly expected to win.

Victory is the standard we should set. Once again LeCureaux demonstrated this as a realistic expectation in Hazel Park. Too many Libertarians have grown comfortable with losing. I haven’t been the exception: I have had record setting vote totals (for Libertarians) running for state-wide office. I have had the privilege of appearing on national and international TV shows, and I had the opportunity to move the LPM up to third place on the ballot when I ran for Secretary of State in 2010. Other Libertarians have won similar “moral victories” or “milestones.”

I don’t wish to disparage these little victories we can pick from the jaws of defeat; this is what drives us to run in those elections. I have written extensively about how third parties can act as a wedge to push the policy positions within the biopoly, but nothing shakes things up like an outright victory.

Billy Jones (Left) asks Scotty Boman (Right) about Police Commissioners on WHPR.

Billy Jones (Left) asks Scotty Boman (Right) about Police Commissioners on WHPR. Link to Video

It was the belief that I could win that drove me to do the things that would be necessary to win. Things that seem to be outside the comfort zone of most Libertarians, including myself. I was determined to knock on every single door in the district, and talk to as many voters as possible. I knocked on a lot of doors. Maybe half of them. I spoke to a lot of people. There are two ways to win a contested election: A lot of work, or a lot of money. I did both, mostly work.

Somewhere between walking down streets with one or two occupied homes per block, and stumbling upon an oasis of perfectly maintained homes with manicured lawns, something magical happened: I realized I was having fun. At times I felt like I stepped onto the set of a David Lynch movie or stumbled into a scene from the Naked City. I had driven by streets several times without noticing a fraction of what there was to see on foot. I met people I would never meet if I hadn’t just stepped right into their world.

There was a serious side to this. While talking to these many wonderful and fascinating people I learned how deeply rooted Detroit’s troubles were, and how strong people could be in the face of adversity. I didn’t get into many conversations about the non-aggression principal or Austrian economics, but I heard plenty of stories about how bad things can get when government gets it wrong, and how much people appreciate it when a politician actually listens to them and walks through their community instead of driving around it.

So the hard work was well worth it. The motive was getting elected, but even if I won, the best part would have been the journey. Local elections provide Libertarians with a way to get past partisan voting habits. But even more importantly, they allow for us to have personal contact with a large portion of the electorate. Research has shown that personal contact is a more effective way to get votes than any level of mass media or advertising.

Many people told me that I had their vote because I was there. I won’t be going away either. I see more clearly than ever the importance of the issues I ran on. The need for civilian oversight is acute, and conflicts of interest infest local government. Lives can be saved if the use of force can be scaled back. These issues along with bringing an end to Civil Forfeiture abuse are matters closely related to the responsibilities of the Board of Police Commissioners. Stay tuned for my next move.

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LPM Creates Historical Commission, Seeks Archives from Longtime Members

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Most issues of the Michigan Libertarian are archived.

Most issues of the Michigan Libertarian are archived.

The Libertarian Executive Committee has created a new LPM Historical Commission. This project was inspired by the the National Libertarian Party which recently created their own Historical Committee, chaired by Caryn Ann Harlos of Colorado. Creating historical archives of the LPM has been a long term project of mine and I was happy to propose and be named chair of the commission. I was newsletter editor when the LPM headquarters in Hazel Park closed in the mid-2000s and I took in a lot of LPM documents and archives. A large bulk of this material, including many VHS tapes, was collected by the late activist Bill Shotey. I digitized all of this material and gave a large collection of documents to the Bentley Historical Library and all of the old issues of the Michigan Libertarian newsletter I was able to obtain, going back to the early 1970s, are available online. I have named LPM Secretary Emily Salvette and LEC member Ben Carr, who has a degree in history, to serve on the commission.

Matchbooks targetting oppressed smokers used mi.lp.org which was recently deactivated.

Matchbooks targetting oppressed smokers used mi.lp.org which was recently deactivated.

The primary goal at this point is to encourage party members, especially those who have been with the party for a long time, to dig up old party or campaign materials, including audio and video recordings, and loan them to our commission for preservation. After being copied, any material that is given to the commission will either be returned to the owner or arrangements may be made to donate certain material to a historical collection at a public library. The bulk of the party archives will also be shared with the national party historical committee and shared online.

Brass Roots founder and US Senate candidate Jon Coon with Pro-Gun guitarist, Ted Nugent.

Brass Roots founder and US Senate candidate Jon Coon with Pro-Gun guitarist, Ted Nugent.

For reference, here are some of the LPM Historical Archives I have worked on. Please visit the Shotey Library Youtube Channel. There is a lot of old footage of Michigan Libertarians including Mary Ruwart and US Senate candidate Jon Coon as well as local television appearances by Presidential candidates Harry Browne, Andre Marrou and VP candidate Nancy Lord. One of the most interesting videos is of Jon Coon, Ted Nugent, and a gentleman from the Michigan Militia all appearing on the Bill Bonds show in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Please contact me at gregstempfle@nullgmail.com if you have anything you would like to add to our party archive!

Libertarian Party of Michigan Historical Archives

http://old.michiganlp.org

Shotey Library

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40FR1vwyi1PVq4YjXtK5Tg

Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

Here are some other historical archives donated by other Michigan Libertarians

Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

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Running as a Libertarian in 2018 – Where and How to Sign Up

By Greg Stempfle

Reprinted from GregStempfle.com

 

Dear Libertarian Candidates and Activists,

The 2018 election season is underway and the Libertarian Party of Michigan is ready to take advantage of our major party status and run a slate of candidates in next year’s primary election.

As political director for the LPM, I have been tasked with recruiting and training Libertarian candidates for public office. In October, I sent a letter to past and prospective candidates for public office explaining how to qualify for the August primary election and about the LPM’s plans to support its candidates during the upcoming election cycle. Thank you to everyone who responded to the candidate survey at the end of the letter. If you did not receive my letter, you may download it here.

To help prepare our candidates for the next campaign season, over the winter months I will be visiting each LPM affiliate to talk about running for office as a Libertarian in 2018. Some of the topics I will go over include; how to file for office, campaign finance rules, region specific information about which offices are on the ballot in your area, and plans at the state party level for candidate training and support. Your feedback and thoughts will be essential to helping us recruit and train prospective candidates. I will bring paperwork to each meeting so candidates can file and as a notary, I can sign your affidavit of identity. These talks will culminate in a larger candidate training workshop set to coincide with our Spring State Convention sometime in March.

For upcoming meetings that Greg Stempfle will be attending, and more details on filing, please refer to his blog ( https://gregstempfle.com/2017/11/15/running-as-a-libertarian-in-2018-where-and-how-to-sign-up ).

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Bill Hall.chair@nullmichiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Tim Yow. vcaffiliates@nullmichiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. vcpoliticaldirector@nullmichiganlp.org
Secretary: Emily Salvette. secretary@nullmichiganlp.org
Treasurer: Jason Brandenburg. treasurer@nullmichiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dist1rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Mary Buzuma. dist2rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jamie Lewis. dist3rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Tim Coon. dist4rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Mark Sanborn. dist5rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Wendi Parker. dist6rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Norman Peterson. dist7rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: John Kanan. dist10rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Paul Connolly. dist11rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Larry Johnson. dist12rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Vacant. dist13rep@nullmichiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Ben Carr. dist14rep@nullmichiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. judicialcommittee@nullmichiganlp.org
Ken Proctor. judicialcommittee@nullmichiganlp.org
James Hudler. judicialcommittee@nullmichiganlp.org

Volunteers

Webmaster: In Transition. Webmaster@nullMichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. scottyboman@nullhotmail.com

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Upcoming Events

 

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com site. It is recommended that you contact an officer for an affiliate or check the Facebook page associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice. Contact information connected to most events can be found by expanding the item on the “Agenda view” of the Events page of our website.

 

November 21, 2017 – Northwest Michigan Group monthly meeting, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Schelde’s Grille and Spirits, 714 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686

November 26, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Genesee County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Political Director Greg Stempfle attending.
Joe and Lewie’s Penalty Box, 2400 Owen Rd, Fenton

November 26, 2017 – Mid-Michigan Group, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Oscar’s Bar and Grill, 140 E Main St. Midland

December 5, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Political Director Greg Stempfle attending.
Brewster’s, 5135 Portage Rd. Portage

December 6, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor

December 7, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM meeting
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.)18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

December 7, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell

December 13, 2017 – Libertarian Party of West Michigan monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM meeting
Political Director Greg Stempfle attending.
Krause Memorial Library, 140 E Bridge St NE. Rockford, MI 49341

December 13, 2017 – Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights

December 14, 2017 – Capital Area Affiliate meeting, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
This affiliate is currently experimenting with different locations. Please contact the affiliate chair for details about the next meeting – Martin Mashon at 517-894-7157 or martinmashon@nullyahoo.com
AW Body Shop, 3303 N East St. Lansing

October 19, 2017 – Northwest Michigan Libertarians, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Schelde’s Grille and Spirits, 714 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686
For more information, please contact District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@nullgmail.com

December 20, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM meeting,
Rusty Bucket 30450 Telegraph Rd, Bingham Farms

December 20, 2017 – Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM
Political Director Greg Stempfle attending.
Steve’s Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson

December 24, 2017 – Mid-Michigan Group, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Oscar’s Bar and Grill, 140 E Main St. Midland

December 24, 2017 – Libertarian Party of Genesee County monthly meeting, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Joe and Lewie’s Penalty Box, 2400 Owen Rd, Fenton

January 2, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Brewster’s, 5135 Portage Rd. Portage

January 3, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor

January 4, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Political Director Greg Stempfle attending.
Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell

January 4, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM meeting
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.)18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

January 10, 2018 – Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights

January 11, 2018 – Capital Area Affiliate meeting, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Political Director Greg Stempfle attending.
AW Body Shop, 3303 N East St. Lansing

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