From Nicholas Sarwark’s website :
Nicholas Sarwark for LNC Chair
The Libertarian Party is at crossroads. Our ideas are more popular than ever: just look at the trends of people leaving the two old parties and the success of marriage equality and marijuana legalization. At the same time, membership in the Libertarian Party is stagnant and our prospective supporters are being courted by statist politicians who talk the libertarian talk, but don’t walk the libertarian walk.
After fifteen years of being active in the Libertarian Party, I have decided to seek the position of Chair of the Libertarian National Committee at the 2014 Libertarian National Convention in Columbus.
If elected as Chair, my goals are for the Libertarian Party to engage more in politics, provide support for the growth of state affiliates, and clearly position the Libertarian Party as the only choice for pro-freedom young people. We’ve spent too many years trying to attract Democrats and Republicans; it’s time to start targeting young, unaffiliated voters. This is not a strategy to win the next election, or even the election after that. This is a strategy to become the dominant political party in 20 years.
I have been active in the Libertarian Party since 1999. I have attended every national convention since Anaheim in 2000 and have been interested and engaged in the floor debates at all of them. I have previously served on the 2010 Bylaws Committee and currently serve on the 2014 Bylaws Committee. I also serve on the Judicial Committee and have been on that committee since 2004.
In addition to my experience with the national party, I have previously served as Chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and currently serve as Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. While Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, I was very active in recruiting candidates for public office and am proud to state that Colorado is running more candidates in 2014 than any state affiliate other than Texas (despite having 1/5 the population of Texas).
Professionally, I am a Deputy Public Defender in Colorado and fight for the liberties of the indigent accused every day. I have been been admitted to practice law since 2008, and during my legal career, I’ve tried over 25 cases to a jury and argued in front of the Colorado Supreme Court (Tate v. People, 11SC382). During law school I clerked for the Institute for Justice, the nation’s foremost libertarian law firm.
In addition to my legal training, I have over a decade of experience in computer consulting as well as experience in sales. At present, I reside south of Denver with my wife Valerie and our two children, Ruth and Joel.
What Makes Me Different?
Of all the Chair candidates, I am the only one under 40 years old. There’s nothing wrong with age or experience, but the future of the Libertarian Party lies with attracting young people. Having a Chair who is relatable to our target demographic makes that easier. I’ve been a Libertarian my entire life, introduced to the party by my father at age 10. I don’t have any baggage from previous involvement with either of the legacy parties.
I’m a lawyer.
Not just a lawyer, a trial lawyer. Communicating with people is what I do for a living. Juries are composed of a cross-section of our entire society and persuading juries is great experience for persuading Americans that they should be Libertarians. I also am able to work professionally with people I don’t agree with. Part of being a criminal defense attorney is negotiating with prosecutors who want to put my client in prison, sometimes for life. Despite that fundamental disagreement, I am still able to work professionally and cordially toward the best possible outcome for my client.
I’m not part of a faction and I don’t tolerate shenanigans.
In my service to the Libertarian Party, I have always put the best interest of the Libertarian Party first. It comes before personal friendships and loyalties, it comes before my personal preferences. I will work with anyone to advance the Libertarian Party and I will do anything I can to stop anyone who engages in shenanigans that hold the Libertarian Party back. As Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” As Chair, I will work to make the Libertarian National Committee more effective in advancing the Libertarian Party and accept good ideas from anyone who has them. At the same time, I will not tolerate arguments over trivial things that distract us from our mission.
There aren’t any yet, but I will answer questions of any Libertarian delegate who is planning to attend the national convention. If the question gets asked frequently, I’ll post it and the answer here.
If you have questions for me, please email me at email@example.com.