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Libertarian Party of Arkansas and Ohio State Conventions Held This Weekend

Forwarded from the State Chairs email list:

The LPAR had a very successful convention yesterday in Little Rock.

We elected a new Executive Committee to serve for the next two years. After much though, I made the very difficult decision to step down as Chairman and take over the role of Secretary in our party, primarily due to the time constraints of my career and the fact that the Secretary position is easily our weakest. I feel I can make that position much stronger. I want to thank everyone on this list who was always very helpful when I had questions or needed assistance. A very special thank you to Kevin Knedler who, from the moment I became Chair, offered me tremendous help and was always there, day or night, when I needed him. Thank you, Kevin!

I could not ask for a better replacement in the Chairman position. It is Jessica Paxton, my wife. She was elected unanimously. She will be a huge asset to this party and will carry the torch much further than I have been able to. The rest of the ExCom, I believe, is the strongest Executive Committee we have ever had to date. 3 of the 9 positions are held by females. Our new Vice-Chair, Kathleen Wikstrom, has been a member of the LP since 1979 and used to own Lassaiz Faire Books here in Arkansas. Our new treasurer is Dr. Michael Pakko, Chief Economist for the State of Arkansas. Watch out, guys, because Arkansas is ON THE MOVE!

Live Free!
Rodger Paxton
Libertarian Party of Arkansas

I forgot to mention that we ALSO had 55 in attendance at our convention. Little ‘ole Arkansas had exactly as many attendees as New York! I’m quite proud of that, and it was due to the hard work of our new Chair! At least 25 of the attendees were female, of which I am also very proud. We more than doubled from our attendance last year, and this was a non-election year!

Congrats Arkansas.

VERY proud of you guys.


Kevin Knedler

Ohio LP



BTW: We had a very successful conference in Granville, Ohio.  70 folks over the weekend, which is a record attendance.

Judge Jim Gray event on Friday night was great.  Saturday, one-day conference was great.

The LP Ohio Chair and Division Directors all gave their annual reports and state of the business.

We had our “Champions of Liberty” awards presentation at the Saturday luncheon.

Very professional.

As a result of above, we saw an increase in monthly pledges.


National Chairman, Geoffrey Neale also attended with 2014 National Convention Chair, Nancy Neale.  They also did tour of Columbus, Ohio and the Hyatt Hotel. They also visited the LPO state office.


That’s it from Ohio.


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  1. Nick Nick April 28, 2013

    50 something and 70 something members showed up for state conventions. To a lot of people that sounds small, but for a political party that’s not the D’s or R’s, that’s good.

    The problem smaller parties have is that we have few members and even fewer active members. Sometimes scrapping together a work group, a committee or any other body of people can be difficult.

  2. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn April 28, 2013

    Rodger and Jessica Paxton have done a terrific job in Arkansas in 2011 and 2012.

    I am sure they will have much more good news to report in the next two years as well.

  3. Wes Wagner Wes Wagner April 28, 2013

    Kudos and cheers to Arkansas! That is a very large attendance for a state that size.

  4. George Phillies George Phillies April 28, 2013

    Best of wishes to the Arkansas and Ohio Parties. Forward to freedom!
    George Phillies

  5. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt April 28, 2013

    It’s certainly refreshing to know that some states are doing well. Congratulations to Arkansas, Ohio, and New York!

  6. Dave Terry Dave Terry April 29, 2013

    I would also like to extend congratulations to the LP of Arkansas, the state of my father’s birth.

    And best wishes to those lady libertarians who I hope will make the LP proud when they take on the state apparatchiks who have passed the most regressive and repressive abortion law in America.

  7. Sam Goldstein Sam Goldstein April 29, 2013

    Roger and Kevin,

    Congratulations on great conventions. I don’t know if anyone reported here yet on the LPIN Convention at Columbus, IN the weekend of Apri l19-21st. We had over 115 in attendance at our business meeting where we had three contested races for our four state offices.

    The elections were very cordial without the drama and trama currenlty being inflicted on the LP in several state affilates. I was defeated in my bid for a third term as LPIN Chair by my good friend, Dan Drexler. Matt Wittlief is our our VC, Michael Schultheiss our new Treasurer and John Schick was unopposed for another term as Secretary.

    I am enjoying the good life with no LPIN responsibilites for the first time in may years. I will continue to be active in my role as Region 3 Alternate and Chair of the 2014 Convention Oversight Committee. See you all at Columbus, OH next year.

    Live Free,

    Sam Goldstein

  8. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt April 29, 2013

    Thanks for the report, Sam! If you have any video, or would like to write up a more formal report re: the convention, I’d be happy to post it as an article.

  9. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt April 29, 2013

    Nicholas, I’ve been computer -challenged all weekend, but I plan to post half a dozen articles later today, now that I have a working computer at work. Your convention is definitely one of them. I’ll do it as soon as I work through my work priorities.

  10. David Colborne David Colborne April 29, 2013

    Well done, Arkansas and Ohio! That’s some impressively good news out there.

  11. George Whitfield George Whitfield April 29, 2013

    Glad to hear the positive reports from Arkansas, Ohio and Indiana. The activists there are doing the right things. It was encouraging to hear.

  12. Kevin Knedler Kevin Knedler May 6, 2013

    If anyone wants to see my annual report for the LP in Ohio, just email Powerpoint–22 slides.

    I also have Division Director reports.
    Field Development, IT, Finance, Communication, Political

  13. Mike Koch Mike Koch May 6, 2013

    Lots of states reporting good convention results. There are only 2-3 states having big problems that get a lot of the attention here. Nationally the registered Libertarian total is climbing faster than any other party and good things are happening at the local level many places, but at the national level LPHQ does not seem to be able to convert that into membership growth and donations.

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