David Blau: Application to fill LNC Secretary vacancy

Letter from David Blau to LNC below the divider. We’ve also received applications from Chuck Moulton and Gary Johnson of TX (although Mr. Johnson’s statement was for the At Large vacancy at the last LNC meeting, he has submitted the exact same statement again for Secretary this time). Alicia Mattson is rumored to be also running, but has not sent us any statement about being willing to run yet. Additional candidates may apply through January 24; the directions for doing so are included here. Here’s what we received from David Blau:

I nominate myself for the position of Secretary of the Libertarian National Committee.

As you all know, I have long felt that the national Party would benefit from giving me a full voice at the table. That is the reason I ran for At Large, and while I did not win that race my feelings on the matter have not weakened. In fact, the more LNC meetings I have participated in, the stronger my convictions have become. The time is right, the position is right, and I am right for the job.

Here is a summary of my political chronology and experience in the Party:

From May 2011 to the present, I have been a Regional Alternate on the LNC. I am the Chair of the Headquarters Building Committee, since March 2012 when I proposed its formation. I was a member of the Employment Policy and Compensation Committee from August 2011 until May 2012.

From May 2012 to November 2012, I was Massachusetts Director for the Gary Johnson (NM) Presidential campaign. I ran a successful drive to put Gov. Johnson and Judge Gray on the Massachusetts ballot. I personally contributed $5000 to this ballot access drive.

From October 2007 to the present, I have been a member of the State Committee of the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts (LAMA), the MA affiliate of the LP.

From October 2008 to the present, I have been LAMA Chair.

From October 2007 to October 2008, I was the LAMA Newsletter Editor.

I was the state delegation chair to the Libertarian National Conventions in 2010 and 2012.

From January 2005 to May 2007, I was a member of the Libertarian Party of Chicago.

As to my qualifications, I am a current member of the Libertarian National Committee. I have the most recent experience of any candidate that has declared so far. I know the people involved, their positions on various issues, and the interpersonal dynamic. I am non-factional, so I am a good consensus choice.

I know what is expected of LNC members, and I will fully commit to all of the financial, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the position. I have never missed an LNC meeting since I was elected to serve. I have re-read the LNC bylaws and the Policy Manual, and reviewed RONR in the course of making my decision to run for this office. I understand and commit to performing the duties of the Secretary in a timely and effective manner. I will make the office run so smoothly that we can forget about it and focus on the business of the party.

I am the best candidate in part because I have a strong technical background. I have a dual BS in mathematics and computer science from Caltech, and I was a professional software developer / architect for six years starting in 1998. I intend to leverage those skills. For example, I will sequentially number each mail ballot, so that LNC members can unambiguously reference which ballot they are voting on. I will bring other efficiencies to the office of Secretary so that draft minutes can be posted quickly for approval, mail ballots are announced as soon as they have enough co-sponsors, and vote tallies are promptly posted.

I will make a great Secretary because I am an attorney admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I have studied election law, and taken continuing legal education on the topics of election administration, campaign finance laws, and lobbying. I believe my input on these issues as a full voting member will be valuable to the LNC and the efficient running of the Party. I think both strategically and tactically, but I am also not afraid to get my hands dirty with grassroots activism.

Finally, I am efficient and organized. I know how to handle my time. As an attorney, I routinely handle a load of over 100 simultaneous matters (not all of them requiring my immediate attention, thank goodness!). As another example of my organizational skills, at the 2012 National Convention in Las Vegas I prepared the main seating chart for the floor every day, based on the changing delegate allocations. I will keep the office of the Secretary similarly well-organized. I also excel at delegating responsibility. As leader of the Massachusetts affiliate, I have brought on over a dozen activists to take leadership positions in part to grow the party, but also in part to relieve myself of some day-to-day work and free up my time and skills for other pursuits.

I am the best candidate for the job. I hope you will keep an open mind and vote for me. If you have already pledged to vote for another candidate, I hope you will reconsider in view of the fact that the period for nominations is still open, and there is still time for a better choice to come along. I am that better choice.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

8 thoughts on “David Blau: Application to fill LNC Secretary vacancy

  1. Be Rational

    “As leader of the Massachusetts affiliate, I have brought on over a dozen activists to take leadership positions in part to grow the party, but also in part to relieve myself of some day-to-day work and free up my time and skills for other pursuits.” Assuming that the work being performed by these volunteers was the best use of their time and useful to the growth of the party, I have to commend you for this insight into how to build a volunteer organization – in this case a state LP group.

  2. David Blau

    @1: It was a no-brainer, really. We had activists who wanted to get involved, and a state committee that was over-worked and focused on detail instead of broad strategy. We’ve moved well on the way to establishing a strong party in the state.

  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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