Chairman Mark Hinkle has scheduled an Executive Committee meeting for Sunday, July 17 to discuss two topics:
- Ballot Access Request for South Dakota; and
- LPO – Discussion with representatives from each of two groups claiming to be officers of the Oregon affiliate.
In addition, there is an agenda item to discuss a matter in executive session with legal counsel that appears to be related to LPO, because it is under the same category on the agenda. There are no further details offered.
Wes Wagner and Tim Reeves, both of whom claim to be chair of the LPO, have been invited to attend (or send a representative on their behalf).
This would not be the first time that the LNC has been involved with settling a dispute within the LPO. In late 1995, the LPO was also involved in a dispute where more than one faction claimed to be the affiliate’s legitimate officers, leaving the LNC to decide whom to recognize. Soon thereafter, the Oregon Secretary of State recognized as the leaders of the LPO those officers officially recognized by the LNC, so perhaps a similar situation is occurring here today.