Editors note: The new Northwest Michigan affiliate covers the counties of Charlevoix, Antrim, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee.
The Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party (NWMLP) has been approved as an official affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan! The new local party selected officers at its November 13th meeting. In addition, members created bylaws, and set meeting dates.
Below are the officers, who will be meeting monthly to move the party towards our goals of electing candidates and conducting educational and outreach activities.
Donna Gundle-Krieg is a real estate broker in Mancelona and owns her own company, DEK Realty. She is especially passionate about property rights, and in a past life was passionate about growing the home schooling movement. Donna was involved in the Libertarian party for years in “downstate” Michigan, and is the Congressional District 1 Representative for the Libertarian Party of Michigan. She lives in Mancelona with her husband and has two adult children. Email Donna at email@example.com.
Ben is an Entrepreneur who recently returned to his roots in Charlevoix after several years living in California and Nevada. Ben has been involved in the Libertarian Party for a decade, and his enthusiasm is contagious. His favorite quote is from Ayn Rand: “He will be an integrated man, that is: a thinker who is a man of action.” Email Ben at Vicefirstname.lastname@example.org.
Reverend Ben is a Spiritual Caregiver at Heartland Hospice, and Owner-Operator at Northern Knots Wedding and Event Service. He was the first regular member of the local party. He has a special interest in the tricky balance required for Christians to be involved in politics, and feels that a third party alternative is necessary for our country to move forward. He lives in Buckley with his wife, and they are expecting their third child. Email Ben at Membership@nwmichiganlibertarians.org
David, who lives in Manistee, is a Veteran, author, actor and much more. Most recently, he ran a very impressive race for County Commissioner and hopes to share the skills he learned on the campaign trail, so that the party can elect candidates at a local level. David only recently realized that he was a Libertarian, and has embraced the party with energy and enthusiasm.Email David at Politicaldirector@nwmichiganlibertarians.org.
Pete is an Architectural Designer and Draftsman in Traverse City. Although originally intrigued by Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns, it wasn’t until Gary Johnson’s 2016 nomination that he became interested in the Libertarian Party. He enjoys learning from libertarian podcasts such as Part of the Problem, The Jason Stapleton Program, Ron Paul Liberty Report and Lions of Liberty. He is a firm believer in Matt Kibbe’s slogan “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff.” Email Peter at Secretary@nwmichiganlibertarians.org.
Joe is the president of Hartman Tax Services LLC. One of his favorite quotes is by Thomas Jefferson: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” He and his wife recently moved to Bear Lake from Florida. Since he moved to Michigan, Joseph has jumped into involvement at the local and state party. Email Joseph at Treasurer@nwmichiganlibertarians.org,
By Scotty Boman, Wayne County Affiliate Chair
Dearborn , MI – After several years of meetings at Tijuana’s Mexican restaurant, the Libertarian Party of Wayne County decided to have a change of scenery. The affiliate is grateful for the years of excellent service provided by Tijuana’s. The new location is Westpoint Bar-B-Que at 25301 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48124. This meeting is on January third at 6:30 PM. The meetings will remain on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM for the time being, but there may be additional changes in the future, so please call ahead. I can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone (voice only) at (313) 247-2052. Facebook users can stay in touch with us here: https://www.facebook.com/LPMIWayne and on meetup.com here: https://www.meetup.com/Libertarian-Party-of-Michigan/ The affiliate will be circulating a survey whereby approval voting will be used to choose the best time and place for Libertarian Party members who live in Wayne County.
By Greg Stempfle
The Oakland County affiliate will be meeting at the Rusty Bucket on January 16th and February 20th . The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is located at 30450 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. Dinner time will be at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM.
By Jason Brandenburg, Southwest Michigan affiliate Chair
The venue the Southwest Michigan affiliate was meeting at has abruptly closed. The next meeting of the LP of Southwest Michigan will be on Tuesday February 5, 6-8pm at The Crew Restaurant in Kalamazoo
3810 East Cork Street
Take the Sprinkle Rd/Cork exit off I-94.
For now meeting days will stay at the first Tuesday of the month. Jason Brandenburg is still the primary contact for the Southwest Michigan affiliate.
By Mary Buzuma,
The next meeting of The Libertarian Party of West Michigan will be on January 9th at Burger Crest, 376 N. 3rd Ave., Fruitport, MI 49415. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. Meeting details and agenda will be posted on the Libertarian Party of West Michigan Facebook Page: https:/www.facebook.com/WestMichiganLibertarian