The nomination process for chair candidates is their last chance to speak to delegates and to have proxies speak about them to delegates. The speeches occurred in random order.
Wayne Root was nominated first, by Indianapolis City Councilman Ed Coleman of Indiana, the Libertarian Party’s highest elected official currently. He said that Root was “the spark” the Libertarian Party needed. Mark Rutherford of Indiana, candidate for Vice Chair, seconded the nomination. Root’s daughter, Dakota Root of Nevada, also seconded his nomination.
John Myers was nominated by Don Wills, Libertarian Party of Wyoming chairman. He was seconded by a delegate from Texas, if anyone knows that man’s name, please share.
George Phillies was nominated by David Blau, chairman of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party, who claimed Phillies turned the party around in Massachusetts. Carol McMahon of Massachusetts seconds the nomination and commends Phillies on being a hard worker. Rob Power of Massachusetts, the national chair of the Outright Libertarians, also seconded Phillies’ nomination.
Mark Hinkle’s nomination speech was given by the founder of the Libertarian Party, David Nolan, who claimed that Hinkle had a proven record of growing the party. Hinkle’s nomination was seconded by Julie Fox of Illinois. Dr. Jim Lark of Virginia, a current LNC representative for Region-5 and a former chair of the LNC, also seconded Hinkle’s nomination. Other seconders include Hinkle’s son, a delegate from California, and Geoff Neale of Texas, another former LNC chair.
Ernie Hancock is nominated by Tony Wall of Tennessee, who says Hancock can do the job of chair by educating voters. He says Libertarian Party doesn’t need to move to the center, it needs to move the center to libertarianism. Jim Duensing of Nevada, party nominee for US Senate in Nevada, seconded the nomination and suggested that Hancock could appeal to both disaffected anti-war Democrats and Ron Paul-supporting Republicans. Jordan Page of Maryland, a musician who is popular in Ron Paul activist circles, also seconded Hancock’s nomination, as did Barry Hess of Arizona.
Lastly, as previously reported, Darryl W. Perry nominated himself as a chair candidate and then quickly suggested he was not a “legitimate candidate”. He then used the open mic to urge delegates to vote for Hancock and to join the Boston Tea Party.