March 2021

Volume 50:03

In This Issue:

Contributions welcome

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Nominate a Defender of Liberty in 2021!

By Greg Stempfle, Chair

Lisa Gioia Randy & Dianne Szabla with their 2018 Defender of Liberty Awards at the 2019 LPM Convention.
Lisa Gioia Randy & Dianne Szabla with their 2018 Defender of Liberty Awards at the 2019 LPM Convention.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) will host its annual Defender of Liberty Awards, also known as LibertyFest, during the upcoming state convention.* The LPM will give Defender of Liberty Awards to those people, members nominate (Libertarian or otherwise), who have made notable personal efforts in the defense of liberty. The Award Committee will give out three categories of awards:

Spokesperson for Liberty

A member of the community whose activism and conviction have inspired contributions to the cause of Liberty.

Promoter of Liberty

A Libertarian whose efforts have done the most to promote the LP and Libertarian principles.

Producer of Liberty

A dedicated, behind-the-scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplifies the backbone of the LP.

How to Nominate a Defender of Liberty

If you would like to nominate someone for one of these awards, please send a statement in support of your nomination to this year's awards committee. This year's judges, selected by Chairman Stempfle and approved by the LEC, are...

The submission deadline will be April xx, 2021. Nominees must live and or work in the state of Michigan.

Link to list of past winners:


* The editor will add the date and location of the convention when the Convention Committee has secured the venue.

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Creating Your Libertarian Campaign Plan

Donna Gundle-Krieg, Mancelona Township Trustee

Creating your campaign starts with a plan.
Creating your campaign starts with a plan.

"Creating Your Libertarian Campaign Plan" is the third in a series of articles about "How to Get Elected as a Libertarian." This article focuses on creating your campaign plan.

Once you choose a winnable race, it's time to plan your campaign. A campaign plan does not have to be complicated or lengthy. It is simply an outline of what you hope to accomplish as you attempt to persuade voters that you deserve to be their leader.

Creating a Plan

Your campaign plan should have specific achievable goals, broken down as much as possible. Each campaign plan should include the following details:

  1. Voter research: Obtain a list of voters from your county clerk and find out how many likely voters there are. How many votes do you need to win? Who is your opposition?
  2. Campaign workers: who will volunteer to help you? What will each of them do? Will you designate one person to be in charge?
  3. Messaging: what issues will you stress while campaigning? How will you showcase your strength and experience?
  4. Future articles will be more detailed regarding signs, mailings, social media, print media ads, door to door campaigns, and more. For your business plan, you should outline how much you will spend on each of those areas, and when/where/how you will spend it.a. How many signs do you want to put up and where? What is the sign ordinance in your area? How will you find places to put up signs? What is the cost of signs, and where will you obtain them?b. How many media ads do you want to run, and in which publications? When should you run these ads? What should they look like? c. A website is necessary for promoting your campaign. What will this website look like? Who will create and maintain it?d. Social media is very helpful and necessary to be competitive in a contested race. Which social media will you use? Will you create a special page? Will you spend money on ads? Again: when, where, and how?e. Door to door campaign: Every Libertarian who has ever won a contested race has run a strong door-to-door campaign. Future articles will discuss this in detail, but take a look at that list you got from the county clerk and make a goal for how many households you will visit each week.f. Mailings: These can be expensive, but may be necessary if you plan to reach every voter. You can use the same list of voters that you use for a door-to-door campaign. There are many options for mailings, which will be discussed in a future column.
  5. Campaign fundraising: how much money will you need to accomplish your goals? This calculation will involve adding up the amounts you will need for signs, mailings, media ads, and any other expenses. Once you estimate how much money you will need, how will you obtain this money? Will you self-fund, or ask others? How many people will you need to donate to reach your goals?

Update Your Plan Weekly

Obviously, your campaign plan must be flexible, as it will be modified many times as the campaign plays out. Optimally, you would review your campaign plan weekly to see how things may need to be changed.

In summary, having a campaign plan is necessary if you are running in a contested race for public office. Hopefully this article helps you start thinking about what this plan might be. As a recently elected Libertarian for a Township Trustee in a small rural northern Michigan town, I believe that the Libertarian Party of Michigan should recruit as many qualified, freedom loving candidates as possible to run for similar local roles across the state.

The topic next month will be about networking: attending community events. I welcome ideas and questions at any time at dokrieg@gmail.com.

Series: How and Why to Get Local Libertarians Elected:

Libertarians: Start Now to Choose a Winning Race

Creating Your Campaign Plan (this article)

Upcoming Articles:

  • Networking: Attend Community Events / Government Meetings
  • Media campaigns including social media
  • Political Signs
  • Organizing Door to Door Campaigns
  • Mailings
  • What Happens After You Get Elected? (could possibly be a series of its own!)

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2021 Bylaws & Platform Committees Seek Suggestions

By Greg Stempfle, Chair

Clair Gelineau raises her hand to volunteer. Photo by Jess Mears.
Clair Gelineau raises her hand to volunteer. Photo by Jess Mears.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan's (LPM) 2021 Bylaws and Platform Committees are reaching out to members who wish to suggest changes to our bylaws and platform. The Libertarian Executive Committee selected the members of the 2021 Bylaws Committee at its recent February 21st meeting. They selected the 2021 Platform Committee's members in January.

2021 Bylaws Suggestions Welcome

Greg Stempfle of Oakland County will chair the 2021 Bylaws Committee. The other members of the committee are; Adam Childress, Jon Elgas, Connor Nepomuceno, Thomas Scott, Brandon Warzybok, Jeff Wood, and Tim Yow.

2021 Platform Suggestions Welcome

James Weeks of Livingston County will chair the 2021 Platform Committee. Weeks, who is currently Webmaster and Chair of the Livingston County affiliate, previously chaired the Platform Committee in 2019. The other members of the committee include; Aaron Miranov, Brandon Warzybok, Jeff Wood, Jessica Sentman, Robert Roddis, Dave Canny, Scotty Boman, and Mike Saliba.

If you are an LPM member and want to propose an amendment to either the platform or the bylaws, please send them to the respective committee chairs. Each committee will present the recommendations to convention delegates for consideration. Members can send suggested changes to the LPM platform to James Weeks at jamestweeks@outlook.com, and suggested changes to the LPM bylaws to Chair Greg Stempfle, gregstempfle@gmail.com.

The LPM State Convention will be held in May or June at a location to be determined. This paragraph will be updated when the LEC secures a date and location.

Link to LPM Platform - https://michiganlp.org/platform/

Link to LPM Bylaws - https://michiganlp.org/bylaws-2/

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Greg Stempfle. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Ben Boren. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Jamie Lewis vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Mary Buzuma. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Dana Carver. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Andrew Hall. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jay Gillotte. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Will White. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: James Harris dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Shane Allen. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Jason Rees. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Jim Fulner. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Dan Ziemba. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Lawrence W. Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Andrew Chadderdon. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Tim Yow. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Ken Proctor. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Vacancy. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: James Weeks III. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus. catherine@catherinefilus.com
Social Media Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Historical Committee Chair: Emily Salvette esalvette@gmail.com

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, capitalarealp@gmail.com
Genesee County: Chair James Harris, jharris@umbinc.us or call (810) 542-1423.
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, james.hudler@gmail.com or contact Larry Johnson at: michlibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, chair@macomblp.org
Northwest Michigan: Peter Biskupski. nwmichiganlibertarians@gmail.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP
Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party: Chair Ryan Roberts, (906) 420-2995, . ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com
West Michigan: Bob VanNoller . (616) 406-7784, Email Bob VanNoller at bob@rollaway.biz

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Upcoming Events

For reasons that require no repetition, the regular meeting venues of some affiliates will be closed. Please contact local affiliate officers to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com site. The Michigan Libertarian recommends contacting an affiliate officer or check the Website (or Facebook page) associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice. Contact information connected to most events can be found by expanding the item on the "Agenda view" of the Events page of our website.

March 4, 2021 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary Pub. 117 E Grand River, Howell, MI, 48843. (989) 448-2065
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email jamestweeks@outlook.com.

March 6, 2021 - Straits Area Libertarian Party Monthly Meeting, 3:00 PM
The Iron Pig Smokehouse. 143 W Main St, Gaylord, Michigan 49735
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

March 10, 2021 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Leon's Family Dining. 23830 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for virtual participation option information.
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email ScottyBoman@hotmail.com

March 10, 2021 - Libertarians of Macomb County Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike's Restaurant. 38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

March 17, 2021 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM.
Steves' Ranch Family Resturant. 311 Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201.
Call ahead to verify that they are open and expecting a JHLP meeting (517) 787 - 4367.
For more information, contact Norman Peterson. norman.peterson@comcast.net https://www.jhlp.org

March 21, 2021 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CALP monthly business meeting, to be held in person at Renos North - 460 S. US Highway 27. Lansing, MI
If Renos is unable to open CALP will meet over Discord teleconfelerence app.
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

March 21, 2021 - Libertarian Executive Committee (LEC) Business Meeting, 12:00 PM
Join Zoom Teleconference. Meeting ID: 824 9635 8505.
Call in at (312) 626-6799 [Then enter meeting ID and "#"] or join directly at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82496358505.

March 23, 2021 - Capitalism vs. Socialism panel Discussion featuring Scotty Boman, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join Zoom Teleconference. Event presented by America's Future.
This is not a Libertarian Party of Michigan event, but may be of interest to some of it's members.
Register online when the even is posted here.

April 1, 2021 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary Pub. 117 E Grand River, Howell, MI, 48843. (989) 448-2065
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email jamestweeks@outlook.com.

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