As reported on the Reform Party National Committee Facebook page, earlier today at the Reform Party National Committee meeting, committee secretary Nicholas Hensley defeated incumbent chairman Bill Merrell to become the party’s national chairman-elect. Mike Hackmer will replace Hensely as secretary on January 1. Leigh Pollet was elected vice chair. Former national chairman David Collison was elected as treasurer.
In addition, as reported at Ballot Access News, the party postponed the online national convention scheduled for today. No reason was given and no date provided to reschedule. According to Hensley, Chairman Merrell decided to end the proceedings.
Four candidates for the party’s presidential nomination were supposed to address the convention delegates today. Candidates for the nomination are Alliance Party presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente, New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson, former Libertarian presidential candidate Souraya Faas, and Prohibition Party presidential nominee Phil Collins.
As Brady Olson notes in comments on Ballot Access News, the Alliance Party website now lists the Reform Party of Florida as an affiliate. Reform Party of Florida chairman Joe Wendt earlier threatened to dissolve the Florida party if the national party did not nominate De La Fuente, who employs Wendt. As documented here, Wendt is the former campaign representative of white supremacist Billy Roper. It is not known whether any of this has anything to do with the abrupt postponement of the national convention.
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