Roderick T. Long, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University — and a figure usually associated with the libertarian movement’s “left,” anarchist and non-party wings — has announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party of Alabama’s chairmanship.
Long is running as part of a slate with announced goals:
1) Lean internal expenses. Dispense with maintaining an office in Birmingham and decentralize the administration of the party.
2) Focus on building and activating the membership base with less of an emphasis on fundraising.
3) Achievable 2010 electoral strategy. While not cast in stone, given the present barriers to statewide ballot access, the strategy would be to target a few local races where we have the best chance of having an impact.
The slate’s proposals have engendered considerable discussion, with opposition and counter-proposals offered by long-time LPA activists including Mark Bodenhausen and Paulie Cannoli (see comments appended to Long’s announcement).
Current LPA chair Stephen Gordon will not seek re-election at the party’s June 27th convention in Birmingham. Vice Chair Mike Rster has indicated an interest in the chairmanship, but has also raised the possibility of disbanding the party altogether.