Ohio: LP Member Appointed to Perrysburg City Council

From an email to IPR by LPOH chairman Kevin Knedler:

May 17, 2011 — The Libertarian Party of Ohio is pleased to announce that LP member Todd Grayson has been appointed to the city council of Perrysburg, OH (in NW Ohio, near Toledo).  He will be sworn in on Tuesday, May 31.

Todd Grayson

Todd Grayson OF The Libertarian Party of Ohio.

“The LPO is very proud of him”, said Kevin J. Knedler, LPO Executive Committee Chair.  “Grayson is one of the many new members of the Libertarian Party of Ohio; and he currently serves the LPO as its Communication Director.”  Individuals may contact him via email: <Todd.Grayson@lpo.org>.

I am filling a seat vacated by Joe Rutherford, who took a job with ODOT near Columbus recently.  This seat is up for election this fall, so hopefully I will hold onto it through the election.

Playing nice-nice with the R’s and D’s is a good idea.  I made friends in high places, and then when I needed endorsements, support, introductions, donors, and a critical appointment, it was all there for me.  I’m getting to be a known commodity in a town of 20,000 people.  It doesn’t make me special or important, and it’s not that hard to do.  This is the path.  This is the way.  This is how we are going to get people elected.  NETWORKING in real life groups and situations.

Join the Chamber of Commerce, go to City Council meetings, volunteer for city positions, and be visible in general.

This is political strategy 101.

Information about Grayson’s local political activities is available here:


2 thoughts on “Ohio: LP Member Appointed to Perrysburg City Council

  1. NewFederalist

    He is absolutely correct. Networking with “real world” people (who are your friends and neighbors as well) is exactly how this kind of appointment happens. For most libertarians this is enough. Serving one’s community or county is an end in itself for those who do not really wish to inconvenience themselves by having to travel to the state capital and being away from family and so forth. If one has higher aspirations, this is a great place to begin. Congrats to Todd Grayson!

  2. MarcMontoni Post author

    The value of becoming active locally is something that all Libertarians shoul;d understand. *Most* successful politicians from the old parties start with their local council, before moving up to a state office, then a national office.

    An example would be former Richmond, VA – area congressman Tom Bliley. He started out on the Richmond City Council and moved up steadily. Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine likewise rose up through the ranks; and is now a favorite to become a US Senator.

    Yes, of course, there are exceptions, like Rand Paul and ‘Ahnold’, but they are just that — exceptions.

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