LP Monday Message: New National Committee members elected

LP blog:

May 31, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Today is Memorial Day, and I enjoyed reading these comments from David Boaz at the Cato Institute.

At the Libertarian National Convention in St. Louis over this Memorial Day weekend, the following individuals were elected to serve as officers and other members of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) for the next two years:

Chairman
Mark Hinkle

Vice Chairman
Mark Rutherford

Secretary
Alicia Mattson

Treasurer
James Oaksun

At-Large Members
Kevin Knedler
David Nolan
William Redpath
Wayne Allyn Root
Mary Ruwart

We’re still gathering the final results of the elections for Regional Representatives.

I’d like to congratulate all the newly elected members, and also to thank the outgoing members for their hard work and dedication.

Next week, on June 8, there will be an election in California on “Proposition 14,” a measure to adopt a top-two primary system. If this measure passes, it may be very damaging to alternative parties like the Libertarian Party. If you would like to help fight this measure by making phone calls to voters, please contact Beau Cain with the Libertarian Party of California by calling toll-free 877-884-1776. (You do not need to live in California to help with this.)

Sincerely,

Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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http://www.lp.org/leadership:

Please note, this page is undergoing extensive changes from June 2 to June 4. Information will be transitional and not final during that time.

Meet our leadership team. The Libertarian National Committee consists of four officers, five at-large members, and nine regional representatives and alternates.

Chair

Mark Hinkle
Morgan Hill, CA
408-779-7922 (work) chair@lp.org

Mark Hinkle

Vice Chair

Mark Rutherford
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 686-4773
vicechair@lp.org

Mark Rutherford

Secretary

Alicia Mattson
Cookeville, TN
secretary@lp.org

Alicia Mattson

Treasurer

James Oaksun
Portland, ME
(603) 397-3387
treasurer@lp.org

James Oaksun

 


At-Large Representatives

Kevin Knedler
Delaware, OH
Kevin.Knedler@lp.org

 

 

 

Kevin Knedler

David Nolan
Tucson, AZ
David.Nolan@lp.org

 

 

 

 David Nolan

William Redpath
Leesburg, VA
William.Redpath@lp.org

 

 

 

William Redpath

Wayne Allyn Root
Henderson, NV
Wayne.Root@lp.org

 

 

 

Wayne Allyn Root 

Mary Ruwart
Burnet, TX
Mary.Ruwart@lp.org

 


Region 1

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas

Representative

Doug Craig
Griffin, GA
Doug.Craig@lp.org
Doug Craig

Representative

Stewart Flood
Charleston, SC
Stewart.Flood@lp.org
Stewart Flood

Representative

Daniel Wiener
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 526-0958
Daniel.Wiener@lp.org
Daniel Wiener

Alternate

Scott Lieberman
Los Gatos, CA
Scott.Lieberman@lp.org

Alternate

Guy McLendon
Houston, TX
832-372-8131
Guy.McLendon@lp.org

Guy McLendon

Alternate

Brad Ploeger
Atlanta, GA
Brad.Ploeger@lp.org

Brad Ploeger

Region 2

Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington

Representative

Rachel Hawkridge
Seattle, WA
Rachel.Hawkridge@lp.org

Rachel Hawkridge
 

Alternate

Vicki Kirkland
Orlando, FL
Vicki.Kirkland@lp.org

Vicki Kirkland

Region 3

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

Representative

Rebecca Sink-Burris
Bloomington, IN
(812) 339-6988
Rebecca.Sink-Burris@lp.org

Rebecca Sink-Burris

Alternate

Andy Wolf
La Porte, IN
Andrew.Wolf@lp.org
Andy Wolf

Region 4

Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Representative

Norman Olsen
Littleton, CO
(303) 277-9967
Norman.Olsen@lp.org
Norman Olsen

Alternate

Don Wills
Jackson, WY
Don.Wills@lp.org

Don Wills

Region 5 – South

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Representative

Dr. James W. Lark, III
Earlysville, VA
James.Lark@lp.org
James Lark

Alternate

Marakay Rogers
York, PA
Marakay.Rogers@lp.org
Marakay Rogers

Region 5 – North

Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island

Representative

Daniel Karlan
Waldwick, NJ
Daniel.Karlan@lp.org

Daniel Karlan

Alternate

Carl Vassar
Trumbull, CT
Carl.Vassar@lp.org

Carl Vassar

Region 6

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Representative

Dianna Visek
Urbana, IL
(217) 367-5027
Dianna.Visek@lp.org
Dianna Visek

Alternate

Randy Eshelman
Omaha, NE
Randy.Eshelman@lp.org
Randy Eshelman

 

31 thoughts on “LP Monday Message: New National Committee members elected

  1. paulie Post author

    @ http://libertypoint.org/?p=1838 :


    Libertarian Party elects new national committee
    June 2, 2010

    The Libertarian Party elected an almost entirely new national committee at its biannual national convention in St. Louis over the weekend. The were nearly 500 delegates credentialed for the convention.

    Unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, Libertarians hold a national convention every two years. And also unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, Libertarians receive no taxpayer money to conduct any of their conventions. Delegates attend entirely at their own expense.

    Mark Hinkle of California is the new chair of the Libertarian national committee. Mark Rutherford of Indiana is vice chair.

    They are joined by Alicia Mattson of Tennessee as secretary and James Oaksun of Maine as treasurer. Mary Ruwart of Texas, Wayne Allyn Root of Nevada, Bill Redpath of Virginia, David Nolan of Arizona, and Kevin Knedler of Ohio were elected members at-large. Ruwart is the only person reelected to the committee.

    Nolan was a co-founder of the Libertarian Party. The party’s first meeting was held in his living room in 1972. Root was the party’s 2008 vice presidential candidate. Redpath is the former chair.

    “I’m glad to see Mark Hinkle elected LNC chair,” said Michael Shanklin, a North Carolina delegate. “He will bring a fresh perspective towards marketing the party while sticking with Libertarian principles”

    While Shanklin said he was disappointed that fellow North Carolinian Thomas Hill did not win an at-large seat, he was happy to see Ruwart and Nolan win.

    “Overall, I’m happy with the diversity and tolerance of those in attendance at the convention and I believe the delegates voted in a manner that will unify the party,” he said.

    Those sentiments were echoed by Barbara Howe, state party and delegation chair. “There is a good mix of new faces along with experienced members. I look forward to positive actions.”

  2. Robert Milnes

    The LP is pathetic. Predominated by rightists. It is not going to work. The rightists will transfer wherewithall to the GOP directly or indirectly. If the Pauls run again in 2012 they will suck the air out of any chance for the real libertarians-a do-over of 2008.
    Radicals in LP-quit the party asap-the sooner the better. & Join BTP. All radicals & anarchists in USA-Join BTP . BTP needs volunteers, contributions & candidates. With enough ballot access, a fusion executive ticket & a full downticket slate of 50/50 Greens & Libertarians, we can sweep the dems & reps out in 2012. The LP rightists will not nominate a fusion ticket, few radical/anarchist candidates & cannot win. Voters will flock to the reps & dems. If Teddy Roosevelt had selected a progressive democrat in 1912 he may very well have won. That is the model. Elections in 2010 can set the stage for 2012. Leave the LP-Join BTP. The sooner the better.

  3. paulie Post author

    With the help of Robert Milnes and Jim Davidson, the BTP is well on its way to to total world domination.

  4. paulie Post author

    Right, paulie.
    & are you going to support Rand like you did Ron?

    Not so much, based on a lot of his campaign rhetoric. But we’ll see how he actually votes if he gets elected. He could earn my support. He’s certainly very good on at least some issues, compared with other US Senators, so the most likely scenario is that he will be a mixed bag and a good addition to the mix to widen the scope of some of the debates. That’s a good thing. Having some of his other apparently non-libertarian views define libertarianism in the public mind – far less so.

  5. George Phillies

    “Ruwart is the only person reelected to the committee.”

    Quote from @1, not @1 himself, missed Hinkle, Mattson, Hawkridge, Sink-Burris, Lark, and Karlan, all of whom were on the last Committee. (I did not check the alternates, and do not claim my list is complete.)

  6. Jeremy Young

    Phillies @9, recall that Mattson was never elected to the Committee until just last week. She was installed by the Starr Chamber, which is thankfully now inoperative.

  7. Daniel Ong

    @7: Norm Olsen, new rep. for region 4 “Rocky Mountains,” is a former chair of the LP of Colorado, current LPCO Campaigns Director, and a repeat candidate for Congress in District 2 (heavily Democratic, rep. freshman and gazillionaire Jared Polis, anchored by Boulder–my home). He is well respected. He is greatly concerned about our country’s skyrocketing national debt.

    I could not attend NatCon; am still awaiting response from Brian Holtz regarding my bounty claim for a “better LP issue than abortion.” Attended Leadership Institute training yesterday; planning to “crash” Elena Kagan confirmation hearings.

  8. George Phillies

    @11 Excellent point…Mattson was elected by the LNC, not the delegates, so she is returning to the committee.

    Mind you, the dominant coalition significantly increased its grip on the LNC.

  9. Stewart Flood

    I believe that you could argue that the LNC filling an empty at-large seat is an appointment, not an election. This would be the first time that Ms Mattson has been elected.

    But George…you forgot me. I was re-elected.

    About half the committee is from last term.

    This message was sponsored by all your friends who are making calls while the rest of you are not: PLEASE GET ON THE PHONES AND MAKE CALLS TO GET OUT THE VOTE AGAINST PROP 14!!!

  10. Robert Milnes

    George, why don’t you quit LP & go to BTP? Help it get good ballot access & nominate a fusion ticket in 2012. Just in case the LP wastes everything on a rightist ticket-again.

  11. LP Dogmatist

    Milnes has a good idea for once.

    Phillies should definitely join Milnes, Jim Davidson, Darryl Perry and the other luminaries in the Boston Tea Party.

    They may have to rename it the Worcester Tea Party in honor of Phillies. Or maybe the FEC Tea Party.

  12. George Phillies

    @15 You’re right. I did drop you. My apologies. Also, Rutherford has been on the LNC before, just not the most recent term. Of the Alternates, Scott Lieberman and Vicki Kirkland have been on the LNC before.

  13. Robert Milnes

    George, I know you are dedicated to the LP. But it is a lost cause-unless the radicals can control the rightists. They don’t seem able.
    Passive aggression-remove yourself. & be glad you have a good place to go.

  14. Robert Milnes

    George, you have invested a LOT in the LP. Time, energy, thought, MONEY. What has become of it? Rightists have diverted it directly or indirectly to the GOP. e.g. Barr in LNC calling for endorsement of republican Ron Paul. Met with OUTRAGE? NO! Enthusiasm! Who are these people? At least you KNOW everybody in BTP & who joins BTP is RADICAL! If not it will become obvious quickly.

  15. Robert Milnes

    George, Senator Kennedy’s seat is up for re-election inn 2012. You could win as BTP candidate with PLAS. Think about it. Do you think the LP will endorse PLAS? Do you think you & I can convince BTP to endorse PLAS?

  16. Michael Seebeck

    Would someone please get a better photo of Mattson? That one of her glaring holes through our LCDs has got to go!

    (Nothing personal towards her, it’s just a very bad photograph!)

  17. Stewart Flood

    Same with Hinkle’s photo. You’d think that candidates running for a position on the LNC would be savvy enough to have a good photo ready in case they win! 🙂

  18. paulie

    if I ever win Im using the photo u snapped of me Mike , sitting on Paulies lap with a beer on some dudes ass who I cant remember

    Wanna run in 12?

    Same with Hinkle’s photo. You’d think that candidates running for a position on the LNC would be savvy enough to have a good photo ready in case they win!

    It’s better than the one he has at http://www.stoptoptwo.org/ (right column…scroll down)

  19. Robert Milnes

    George, the radicals themselves are a problem. Maybe they will listen to you. A fusion ticket fell into the LP’s lap in 2008-Gravel/Ruwart. Looing back, even if you had withdrawn & endorsed Gravel & Mary too, & he won the nomination, the rightists would have ruined it by nominating Barr vp. But even if they had nominated Ruwart, she would have refused, ruining it. That scenario-Barr vp-could not happen in BTP. But so far Ruwart has resisted obstinately all efforts to get through to her. Maybe you can convince her to leve LP & join BTP. Milnes/Ruwart on a @45 state ballot access with a downticket slate full of BTP/LP & Green candidates could very well win in 2012. Phillies as U.S. Senator. etc.
    What do you think?

  20. LP dogmatist

    Yes – great idea. Professor Sour Grapes Phillies and Dr. Strangelove Mary “loves kids” Ruwart, please go take yourselves and your supporters to the BTP to join Jim Davidson, Darryl Perry, Tom Knapp etc AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    Then LP can take off without anchor.

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