Michigan Libertarian Party Gains a Partisan Office-Holder

Published on Ballot Access News on June 26, 2013:

On June 21, Rosanne Koss, a Southfield Township Trustee, announced that she had changed her party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian. See this story. Southfield Township Trustee elections are partisan. The population of Southfield Township is 14,547. It is in Oakland County.

Michigan doesn’t have registration by party, so the only objective means for an individual to declare party membership (during a non-election period) is simply by public declaration.

An excerpt from the article linked above, by Jay Grossman published on hometownlife.com: 

Southfield Township Trustee Rosanne Koss has joined the Libertarian Party.

A longtime member of the Republican Party, Koss said she made the switch because she’s frustrated by the constant bickering between Democrats and Republicans at almost every level of government. Her decision means the township board will now consist of six Republicans and one Libertarian.

She announced the switch last Friday.

“At some point in your life you have to be bold,” said Koss, who sat on theBeverly Hills Village Council for eight years before running for the township board in 2012. “You have to be able to move with the times. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s change.”

Mary Buzuma, chairwoman of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, said she’s not surprised by Koss’ decision.

“Like voters, many elected officials have had enough of being handcuffed by party politics, at all levels of government,” Buzuma said. “We have long been misrepresented by the media and dismissed by the other major parties as irrelevant. Perhaps they may want to begin question their relevance.”

To read the the rest of the article, including an interview with Koss, please go here: 



One thought on “Michigan Libertarian Party Gains a Partisan Office-Holder

  1. Steven R Linnabary

    “The inability of elected officials of both major parties to reach such a consensus, because of politics, is frustrating to virtually everyone. Democrats and Republicans don’t want to govern, they merely want to be elected. Ms. Koss does not care about political advantage. She cares about doing the people’s work. ”

    Wow. That really is humbling.

    Welcome Ms Koss!


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