Chuck Moulton: Application to fill LNC Secretary vacancy

Letter from Chuck Moulton to LNC below the divider. We’ve also received applications from David Blau and Gary Johnson of TX. Mr. Blau said he will send a statement in support of his application later; we will post it when we receive it. Mr. Johnson sent the same statement he sent in support of his run for the At Large vacancy earlier this term. Alicia Mattson is rumored to be also running, but has not sent us any statement about being willing to run yet. Here’s what we received from Chuck Moulton:

I nominate myself for the open position of LNC secretary.

Please vote for me.

Bullet point qualifications:

  • wants the LNC secretary job
  • willing and financially able to attend all LNC meetings
  • checks email regularly
  • detail oriented
  • have substantial time to dedicate to the position
  • served on the Libertarian National Committee
    • 1 term as vice-chair (2006-2008)
    • 1 term as regional alternate (2004-2006)
  • served as secretary of LP organizations
    • Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (2005-2006)
    • Libertarian National Congressional Committee (2005-2006)
    • Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia (2011-present)
  • served as chair of LP organizations
    • Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (2006-2007)
    • Libertarian Party of Virginia (2012-present)
  • Professional Registered Parliamentarian
  • attorney
    • admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & California
  • proficient at MS Word and MS Excel

I’ve spoken with most of you extensively at LNC meetings and national conventions. However, I’ll provide a bit of background on my credentials and approach to the position for those less familiar with me.

I’m a donor, an activist, and a past candidate. I’ve been a Life Member of the Libertarian Party since 2006 and I pledge $100/month to both the national and Virginia LP. While vice-chair of the LNC I chaired the 2/17/2008 LNC meeting, half the 7/3/2006 LNC meeting, and portions of the 2008 national convention. I had perfect attendance both terms I served on the LNC. The past 4 national conventions I have distributed charts detailing attendance and roll call votes of LNC members as well as documents assisting with region formation. I created the Libertarian Party Facebook page (which now has over 255,000 fans) and collaborated with Arvin Vohra on the Social Media Ambassadors concept. In my many roles as a local and state LP activist I’ve never shied away from tedious work such as stuffing 500+ piece mailings. I ran for U.S. Congress in 2004, participating in 5 televised debates.

I’m currently a Ph.D. student in economics at George Mason University (the most libertarian economics program in the world). I’ve finished all coursework, and am currently working on my dissertation on free banking (money without government). I’ve taught Money & Banking, International Economics, and Mathematical Economics to undergraduate economics majors at GMU. I’ve also earned a M.A. in economics, a J.D. in law, and a B.S. in mathematics.

This year I have abstained from teaching or taking classes to focus on writing my dissertation, which affords me substantial flexibility in my time. I devoted a considerable portion of the fall academic semester to libertarian activities, including several weeks defending a petition challenge in Pennsylvania. Although I felt it was important to focus on my job as chair of the Libertarian Party of Virginia during the presidential election (and would not have sought a LNC position then), I now have ample free time to dedicate to the Libertarian National Committee.

I’m not seeking this position just to get a vote on the LNC. If that were my goal, I could have run for at-large at the convention or sought the at-large opening when Wayne Root resigned. My skills are well-suited for the specific position of secretary.

I’m detail oriented. I frequently submitted corrections of minutes and agendas to LPVA secretary Marc Montoni and to past LNC secretary Bob Sullentrup. I alerted Alicia Mattson to an error in the delegation chairs manual this April (the membership total for region formation was incorrect). I served on an ad-hoc committee overhauling the LNC policy manual in 2009. Additionally I served on the bylaws committee in 2010 and 2012. I know Robert’s Rules of Order backwards and forwards as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. When I have been secretary of organizations in the past, I routinely distributed draft minutes within 24 hours — sometimes within an hour — of the meetings.

I’ve been a transparency advocate. I distributed LNC attendance and roll call votes to the delegates the past 4 conventions. I championed getting the minutes archive back on the website when it was removed by staff during a website overhaul. I’ve done live reporting of LNC meetings to Independent Political Report — with more accurate vote tabulation than draft minutes.

I’m a technology buff. Roll call votes don’t have to slow the meeting down. Use of a projector (which I own) would let people verify their votes in real time and see the text of motions. Motions could be emailed or transferred to the secretary via a USB flash drive, as many LNC members use laptops at meetings. At national conventions election votes can be tabulated much quicker if state results are entered on multiple laptops in parallel and merged with USB flash drives onto a central laptop.

I’m accessible. I check my email religiously: every 5-10 minutes when at my computer, every 15-60 minutes from my iPhone when out and about, a maximum of every 3 hours when sleeping or at the gym. Mail ballots would not fall through the cracks with me as secretary. I carry my cellphone with me everywhere, welcome phone calls at any hour, and hardly ever am unable to be disturbed to answer or return a call for more than an hour at a time.

In a larger sense as a LNC member my priorities would be moving the party forward through buying a building, leveraging technology and social media (CRM/CMS, website, email lists, Facebook), and running as many candidates as possible (using the national office to facilitate candidate recruitment, candidate training, and candidate advertising).

We need more young people on the LNC (I’m 33 and young at heart). We need more technology enthusiasts on the LNC (I practically double majored in computer science). We need less controversy on the LNC (I am well-liked across all factions).

In my opinion the timing (after the presidential election) and the character (secretary) of this LNC opening are both great matches for what I can offer the Libertarian Party. I hope even those of you who are already committed to another first ballot choice will be open to me as a compromise candidate in latter rounds.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone (215-768-6812) if you have any questions. Thanks!

12 thoughts on “Chuck Moulton: Application to fill LNC Secretary vacancy

  1. Mike Kane

    Chuck has done a great service to the LP for his detailed printouts of every vote on key issues by the LNC for the past 4 conventions.

    His dedication to transparency is exactly what the LP needs.

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  3. Stewart Flood

    I’ll post this comment on both threads:

    I know both candidates and served with both on the LNC. Either would be an excellent choice and I do not envy the current LNC members having to decide between them.

    I also know Mr Johnson. He is certainly dedicated to the cause, but after six years on the LNC I can attest to the fact that technical skills are critical to this position.

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  5. Lavvra

    Chuck has been a dedicated, productive member of the Libertarian Party of Virginia for many years. He would make a great secretary.

  6. Jill Pyeatt

    I found this recommendation on the LNCDiscussPublic list.l

    > From: Nicholas Sarwark>
    > Date: January 15, 2013 6:42:35 PM PST
    > To:…..
    > Subject: Letter in support of Chuck Moulton to fill the LNC Secretary vacancy
    > All,
    > I am writing in my capacity as a Libertarian Party member to ask that
    > you vote to fill the current vacancy for Secretary with Chuck Moulton.
    > Mr. Moulton is highly detail-oriented, has a track record of success
    > both on and off the LNC, and would be an excellent Secretary. He has
    > consistently risen above the internal struggles within the LP and is
    > seen as a fair and honest broker by most, if not all, Libertarians.
    > I’m sure Mssrs. Johnson and Blau are also fine candidates, but Mr.
    > Moulton stands above the rest in his qualifications for this position
    > and deserves your support.
    > Yours truly,
    > Nicholas Sarwark

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