Memo from Wes Benedict to LNC and LP Headquarters staff:
This letter is my notice of resignation from the position of Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee, Inc. My last day will be December 31, 2011. That is when my current contract ends. I started on July 17, 2009.
Our contract requires a 30 day notice of resignation. Back when I was Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas, I gave a full year’s notice. In this case I feel it is feasible to give the party 90 days to ease the transition. If the party finds a replacement and prefers for me to leave before 90 days, that’s fine but I ask for 30 days notice per our contract.
Once again, it has been an honor to serve the Libertarian Party and the cause of freedom. Since I was hired, the
Libertarian Party has accomplished the following:
1. The Libertarian Party has presented a libertarian message, differentiating us from conservatives and liberals.
2. Monthly pledge recurring revenue increased from $20,854 to $33,092.
3. The cash reserve or “money in the bank” has been at record levels.
4. Over 800 LP candidates ran in the November 2010 elections, up from around 600 in 2006 and 2008.
5. Total votes cast for Libertarians increased from 12,573,194 in 2008 to 14,754,525 in 2010.
6. We posted, what some say, was the first accurate nationwide list of elected Libertarians on LP.org.
7. Facebook fans grew from 11,770 to 184,705.
8. A negative is that the number of “active donors” dropped from 14,977 to 13,981.
I do hope to increase the membership or “active donors” between now and the end of the year.
I thank all who have served on my staff, in particular Operations Director Robert Kraus, who has been very helpful to me, and Arthur DiBianca, who has done more of my work than anyone realizes, and had served with me for a few years while I was Executive Director in Texas.
I especially want to thank former Chair William Redpath for hiring me, and current Chair Mark Hinkle for his continued support. Both Libertarian stalwarts have contributed enormously for decades as volunteers, candidates, and donors. I do not have another job lined up yet. My plan is to move back to the Louisiana-Texas area to be closer to my fiancée and to put my engineering and M.B.A. degrees back to work, perhaps in the petrochemical industry.
With best regards,
Wes Benedict, Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee, Inc.
P.S. It’s possible a Libertarian effort could turn this country around if the right people, the right plan, and the right financing intersect. The LP has an enormous impact relative to its tiny $1.4 million budgets (less than one McDonald’s)!
P.P.S. After resigning, I will proudly remain an LP member and monthly donor to the national LP and at least one state. Please visit http://www.lp.org/contribute and make a generous contribution to the LP today to support a smooth transition to new staff. Thank you.