(Posted by Paulie)
In comments on my last update about the process to fill two At Large Rep vacancies on the Libertarian National Committee caused by the death of David Nolan (RIP) and the resignation of former Treasurer James Oaksun, whom former At Large Rep Bil Redpath was appointed to replace, LNC regional rep Daniel Wiener wrote:
There is no official list of applicants for the two LNC vacancies, nor is there any official procedure. There are only people who have expressed an interest. The LNC could still decide to fill the vacancies by email ballot, but my best guess is that nothing will happen until the April 16th LNC meeting in Washington, D.C. If anyone else is interested in being selected for a vacancy, I would recommend that he or she contact one or more LNC members to communicate that interest. Contact information may be found at http://www.lp.org/leadership.
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So far, we have learned of the following people who have been recommended to the LNC, of which LNC members are aware:
John Jay Myers
Judge Jim Gray
All three of the above were among the four top vote getters for At Large who missed the cutoff at the last national convention. The other was Pat Dixon, who is currently State Chair of Texas. Reportedly, Mr. Dixon is no longer interested in being considered because his state committee would prefer that he concentrate on state, not national, matters.
The convention vote was:
Rebecca Sink-Burris was then elected as a Region Rep, but then resigned because she missed two meetings in a row.
Additionally, Regional Alternate Randy Eshelman has also applied directly to the LNC.
Out of these four people who are known to have applied to the LNC, Mr. Myers and Judge Gray received numerous positive comments from IPR readers, while Mr. Eshelman had several current and former LNC members (Starr, Wiener, and Knedler) come to his defense when I reported that another LNC member who prefers not to be named made a negative comment about him.
The following additional people expressed an interest in being considered for the At Large vacancies in the comments on this previous IPR post and this one. I don’t know whether LNC members are aware of their interest, or interested in considering them:
Ed Vallejo (ran for At Large at the last convention; not among the top vote getters).
Of these, Ed Vallejo got a couple of positive comments from IPR readers.
The following were put forth as choices by other people, but I don’t know if they themselves are interested:
Carl Vassar and Sam Goldstein (currently regional alternates)
Kevin Takenaga (Currently California chair)
Of these, Starchild received numerous positive comments from IPR readers.
The following statements from my last update (based on a conversation with an LNC member who does not wish to be named, an additional conversation with another LNC member (Doug Craig), and various IPR comments on previous posts) have remained so far unchallenged. This does not mean that they are necessarily correct, and if anyone believes any of this is not correct, please let us know what parts and why:
1. Redpath’s motion did not have support. According to George Phillies, that motion was: “We move to appoint Rebecca Sink-Burris and John Jay Myers as At-Large Representatives to the Libertarian National Committee for the remainder of the 2010-2012 term.” This does not mean that they won’t necessarily be the people chosen, just that the committee is not ready to decide now without considering other people first.
2. It will probably be a secret ballot with 8-10 or possibly more names (each LNC member will vote for two names, as I understand it) and the top two most frequently chosen will win.
3. Presuming that the vote will be at the DC meeting in April, as seems likely but is not completely guaranteed, those who wish to apply for the vacancies will increase their chances of being selected if they attend the meeting in person.
4. No one is guaranteed to get either At Large spot, but John Jay Myers may very well get one of them.
Previous posts in reverse chronological order:
Numerous additional comments about this issue made on: