Libertarian Party of Kansas: Fourth District Convention to chose a candidate for the Special Election

The Libertarian Party of Kansas will hold its special convention on Saturday February 11 at the Wichita Public Library

3447 S Meridian Ave, Wichita Kansas 67217

TIME: 3 PM

REASON: to elect a Libertarian candidate for the April 11 Special Election in the Fourth Congressional District to replace Representative Mike Pompeo

PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL LIBERTARIANS you know that live in the 4th Congressional District

ONLY FOURTH DISTRICT voters registered as LIBERTARIANS can take part in OUR special election.

Kansas’ 4th Congressional District is located in southern Kansas and includes Barber, Butler, Chautauqua, Comanche, Cowley, Edwards, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Sedgwick, Stafford, and Sumner counties as well as a portion of Pawnee County.

TENTATIVE AGENDA :

We will hold our special convention Saturday February 11 at 3 PM.

Doors will open at 2:30 to credential voters.

The plan is to have each candidate give an opening statement, then take questions from the attendee’s for the rest of the hour maximum.

At 4 PM we will start the voting.

The voting will be done on paper and will also include the normal libertarian candidate line of : None of the Above : as a choice.

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If you know of ANY other Libertarian That would like to be our candidate – please email our Chair – Rob Hodgkinson at Chair@LPKS.org or text him at 913.980.9269

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Announced candidates at this time:

Gorden J. Bakken
Wichita

John Kostner
Murdoch

Chris Rockhold
Wichita

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16 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Kansas: Fourth District Convention to chose a candidate for the Special Election

  1. Richard Winger

    This candidacy is only possible because the Kansas legislature passed a bill earlier this month, saying qualified convention parties CAN participate in special US House elections. Until that bill passed, the law said only parties that qualify for a primary (i.e., Dems and Reps) can nominate anyone in a special US House election. The bill might not have passed if the Kansas LP hadn’t done a good job of showing the Sec of State that the status quo would not stand up to a lawsuit.

  2. D. Frank Robinson

    I have often wondered why incumbents holding office under election laws that were later deemed unconstitutional for any reason should not be disqualified from continuing in office; and special elections called to elected a replacement office holder under the new laws. There must be some legal jargon for such a concept, but I don’t know it. Perhaps “Fruit of a tainted tree”?

  3. Just Some Random Guy

    Is this a district that is conceivably winnable or is the Libertarian candidate there to try to get a little extra exposure for the party?

  4. Just Some Random Guy

    I wasn’t trying to be critical of people who run for offices they have almost no hope of winning. I was trying to figure out the likelihood of victory in this race, which is a factor in whether I might be interested in donating some money to the candidate’s campaign. There’s a lot of third party candidates out there and I would prefer to give the limited amount I have for donations to the ones that would have a shot at getting elected (or re-elected).

  5. TomP

    I’ve started following this race. The Democrat candidate, James Thompson, is trying to tie Estes, the Republican to Trump and to Gov. Brownback. Brownback, as I understand, is especially unpopular. I’m not sure that Thompson’s attacks on Trump will work (it looks like this district, and the state as a whole went overwhelmingly to Trump), but his campaign seems to be displaying a lot of energy. I’d like to see Rockkhold, the Libertarian, do the same. He should be trying to tie Thompson to Pelosi, Shumer, and Warren.

  6. Sandra E. Stevens

    As a relative of Chris Rockhold, I must come forward and tell people this man does NOT belong in public office. You don’t know what someone’s really like until you live with them and I lived with Chris and his verbally/emotionally abusive wife for 3 months before they kicked me to the curb knowing I had absolutely nowhere to go. Chris and I talked about reporting his wife’s daughter to Child Protective Services and that’s when Shelly – Chris’s wife – said I (I’m Chris’s aunt) had to go. In 24 hours. Not a dime to my name. I was lucky to find a spot on a cold cement floor in a homeless shelter in the middle of winter. Chris and I had been the best of friends before I moved in and intellectually we had always been on the same page. Shelly resented this from the start and treated me like Cinderella while her husband passively stood by. The “two women under the same roof” syndrome has caused many a family rift but to toss your middle-aged aunt on the street on a cold, rainy day in February with no resources and not even bother to follow up to make sure she’s okay – is beyond heartless. There was a time when Chris was a good man. Now, he only cares about himself and his political ambition.

  7. paulie

    Sandra,

    Sorry to hear and I hope you are doing better. However:

    1) We are not in a position to judge how much of what you are telling us is true;

    2) We haven’t heard the other side(s) of the story;

    3) It’s not necessarily a given that personal issues of this sort should disqualify someone from representing libertarian views as a candidate for office, even if you are telling 100% true facts and even if he was entirely in the wrong in your dispute.

    Good luck with your personal situation if it is ongoing in any way.

  8. Sandra E. Stevens

    Paulie,
    Thanks for your response. I am doing better and finally have a home of my own – never again will I live under someone’s thumb. You say even if my story is 100% true, it doesn’t disqualify Chris from public office. I beg to differ with you on that. Chris and his wife invited me to their home knowing I had PTSD and a history of sexual trauma. I went to their home in good faith and was made sicker than I already was. If the homeless shelter had turned me away – and they very well could have – I would have been alone in a strange city where I could have been assaulted or worse. Everyone knows what happens to homeless women – and yet Portland has only ONE female emergency shelter. I was interviewed by a paper called Street Roots wherein I talked about how I landed in a shelter with nothing and nowhere to go. You can contact Chris’s mother or his other aunt if you don’t believe me. What would I have to gain by coming forward with this information? Only this: Chris thinks he can blithely go about his life after so carelessly risking mine and I have a big problem with that. If something had happened to me on the streets my blood and/or further trauma would have been at his bidding. Anyone capable of cruelty toward a relative with a disability SHOULD be disqualified from public office.

  9. paulie

    Thanks for your response. I am doing better and finally have a home of my own – never again will I live under someone’s thumb.

    Glad to hear it.

    You say even if my story is 100% true, it doesn’t disqualify Chris from public office. I beg to differ with you on that.

    There are two presumptions here that I don’t necessarily agree with

    1) That the purpose of running for office is always to win and hold office and 2) that people who run, and therefore presumably should be able to hold office, need to be people of good character. That doesn’t necessarily apply to Libertarian and other third party candidates, however. For one thing, if they are not delusional and not in a very unusual race (certainly at the congressional level) they know that they are chances of winning are very remote at best, so the goals are more along the lines of building their party and promoting their views and political philosophy. For another, even if libertarians win office, their goal generally speaking is to dismantle government as much as possible. Our goal isn’t to elect extraordinary people who are better than the rest of us to help run everyone else’s lives – it’s to make people realize that regardless of who we elect, we are better off letting people run their own lives as much as possible, and having the politicians run as little of our lives as possible. And, if that’s the case, it becomes far less important that those politicians be good people.

    You can contact Chris’s mother or his other aunt if you don’t believe me

    I don’t disbelieve you. I’m just not in a good position to judge. I am also not motivated enough to contact people to find out. But, if anyone reading is, perhaps you should make it easier for them by providing contact information for the people you want them to contact regarding this situation.

    What would I have to gain by coming forward with this information?

    Well, hypothetically, attention, sympathy, and hurting someone who you have clearly had a dispute or falling out with. I’m not saying that’s the case here, just that it could be in cases where personal disputes like this get brought to this board as they sometimes are.

  10. Andy

    Paul said: ” For another, even if libertarians win office, their goal generally speaking is to dismantle government as much as possible. Our goal isn’t to elect extraordinary people who are better than the rest of us to help run everyone else’s lives – it’s to make people realize that regardless of who we elect, we are better off letting people run their own lives as much as possible, and having the politicians run as little of our lives as possible. And, if that’s the case, it becomes far less important that those politicians be good people.”

    I disagree. A Libertarian Party candidate should most definitely be of good character, because we need them to have the character to do what we actually nominated them to do, and that is to reduce the size of government if they are elected (the elimination of government programs would be great as well, but we’d need to elect enough Libertarians to do this, so if it is just a few Libertarians here and there, that’s not going to happen).

    Part of the reason I would never vote for somebody like say, Bill Weld, is because he’s a piece of crap of a human being.

  11. Sandra E. Stevens

    Putting someone’s life in danger does NOT qualify as a dispute. It’s not like Chris robbed my parking space. I could have easily been assaulted or worse had a therapist not begged a spot for me on the floor of Portland’s ONE female emergency shelter. The housing crisis has put a strain on families in all our major cities – this is not a problem unique to my family. I met a woman whose brother put her out in the middle of a snowstorm in Minnesota and she had to knock on neighbors’ doors in the middle of the night. I think people who do such things to family members should tried for attempted murder.. not run for public office.

  12. astonished

    Paul Frankel: “…far less important that those politicians be good people.” Sounds like something a sociopathic felon who brags about having been a career criminal, has a known felony conviction for petition fraud and an active 50 state extradition warrant for voter registration fraud with a number of arrests as a fugitive from justice might say. Other types of people might reasonably hope that those holding or seeking to be elected to office should be good people, not sociopaths, even if their goal is to dismantle government.

  13. paulie

    Sounds like something a sociopathic felon who brags about having been a career criminal, has a known felony conviction for petition fraud and an active 50 state extradition warrant for voter registration fraud with a number of arrests as a fugitive from justice might say.

    But seriously, give it a rest. My opinion has nothing to do with whether I myself am a good person. I try to be, with varying success at different times in my life. Also, while I am not in any way above criticism here, if you obsess (whether on me or on someone else) get your ass ready for the boot because the door is already waiting on you.

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