(Posted by Paulie)
Per telephone conversation with region rep Doug Craig, the LNC is considering filling two At Large vacancies in the near future, rather than waiting for the next meeting in April. The vacancies on the committee were created when party (co-)founder David Nolan passed away in November, and when Bill Redpath was appointed Treasurer after James Oaksun resigned.
Among the people likely to be considered for the At Large vacancies: John Jay Myers and Pat Dixon (both of Texas) and Rebecca Sink-Burris of Indiana, as well as Judge Jim Gray of California. All four came relatively close to being elected as At-Large representatives at the most recent national convention,
Ms. Sink-Burris was elected Region Rep, but effectively resigned her position when she missed two LNC meetings in a row – one before the November 2010 election, one after it. Pat Dixon has said that he is willing to serve, but if the committee has to choose one or the other, he would prefer they select John Jay Myers. Myers and Sink-Burris are both interested; I haven’t heard whether Judge Gray still is or not, as far as I can remember.
One of the issues that LNC members are looking at is what state possible new members come from. Currently, the LNC has 3 members from California (Chair Mark Hinkle, Regional Rep Daniel Wiener and Regional Alternate Scott Lieberman), 3 members from Indiana (Vice Chair Mark Rutherford, Regional Rep Andy Wolf and Regional alternate Sam Goldstein), and 2 members from Texas (At Large Rep Mary Ruwart and Regional Alternate Guy McLendon).
Of the people discussed above, selecting Myers and Dixon would make it 4 members from Texas, 3 from Indiana, 3 from California. Selecting Judge Gray or anyone else from California plus either Dixon or Myers would make it 4 from California, 3 from Texas, and 3 from Indiana. Selecting Sink-Burris and either Dixon or Myers would make it 4 from Indiana, 3 from California and 3 from Texas. Selecting Sink-Burris and Gray would make it 4 from California, 4 from Indiana, and 2 from Texas.
Theoretically, if two people from California were selected, it could be 5 from California, or if two people from Indiana were selected, there could be 5 from Indiana. In addition to Judge Gray, one Californian whom the committee might consider could be Aaron Starr, who was a very active (and controversial) committee member in previous terms including the last one, and continues to participate actively in LNC meetings as a non-member. I don’t know whether he is interested in an At-Large appointment.
In my conversation with Doug Craig, he mentioned one other possibility, Randy Eshelman of Nebraska, who is currently a Regional Alternate for Region 6 (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin). Only by selecting at least one person who is not from California, Indiana or Texas could the committee keep any state from having more than 3 members. If they select Mr. Eshelman and someone from either California or Indiana, there would still be a state with 4 LNC members.
It is entirely likely that other people may be in the running that I am not aware of at this time.
See numerous previous comments on the following topics for prior discussions of the LNC At Large vacancy question: