April 2021

Volume 50:04

In This Issue:

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State Convention June 26th-27th at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant

By Greg Stempfle, Chair

The LPM 2021 State Convention will be at Soaring Eagle.
The LPM 2021 State Convention will be at Soaring Eagle.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) will hold its 2021 State Convention on the weekend of June 26th and 27th. This year the venue is the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

State Convention Business on Saturday June 26th

The business meeting will be held during the day on Saturday to consider LPM business which will include the election of state party officers, proposals to amend the LPM platform and proposals to amend the bylaws.

Interested members can read about how to suggest Bylaw and Platform amendments here.

Meals and Ideals

A lunch program and the Liberty Fest Banquet will also be on Saturday. Please read about nominating a worthy person for a Defender of Liberty award here.

Anyone may attend the convention, but only delegates, or elevated alternates, will be able to vote. Alternates vote while filling vacancies created by absent delegates.

A second day full of training seminars and speakers will be held on Sunday along with breakfast and lunch programs. All official business will be conducted on Saturday.

Expect the official call to convention and registration in the coming month.

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Start Networking Now for Next Election

Donna Gundle-Krieg, Mancelona Township Trustee

Jim Fulner Networking at a Candidate Event.
Jim Fulner Networking at a Candidate Event.

This is the fourth in a series of articles about "How to Get Elected as a Libertarian." This article focuses on networking, and attending community events.

Being out in front of the public constantly is necessary for any candidate. The sooner a candidate starts this public exposure, the better. People vote for those who they know, like or trust. Therefore, you need every opportunity to let people know who you are, and show voters that you plan to work hard to represent them. They also need to know that they can trust you to make the right decisions.

Networking at Meetings

In a previous article, we talked about the importance of attending your local government meetings and asking questions! Most of these meetings allow public comment. It is very useful to introduce yourself as a candidate during public comment, and also for you to speak intelligently about any relevant issues.

The possibilities for exposure by just attending government meetings are endless. The people who attend and run these meetings are often those who are the most involved, and speak to others.

Going to the meetings for all areas of your local government is very beneficial. For example, if you are running for a Township Trustee, you should go to township meetings as well as board meetings for the various township branches. In my township, these boards include water/sewer; fire department, roads, library and ambulance. You should also go to county meetings, village meetings, committee meetings, etc. Speak out whenever you have the chance and introduce yourself as a candidate!

In addition to government meetings, there are many other opportunities to network. If you are already a member of any organizations, or group: continue to show up, volunteer for projects, and make a point to let people know that you are running.

If you are not a member, contact these organizations and ask if you can visit as a guest. Almost all of these groups have public opportunities to introduce yourself.

Rotary Clubs and similar service clubs are very easy to find. These organizations exist in large cities and tiny towns. Between google and word of mouth, you should be able to find many options.

School events, including school board meetings, can be very valuable for meeting voters. Even school sporting events offer the chance to introduce yourself to new people.

Networking Events

Last but not least: Festivals, fairs, and community events are great networking events. Many of these will offer an opportunity for you to have a booth! If you decide to go this route, make sure you have a large banner or sign, as well as literature to pass out.

The topic next month will be about media campaigns, including social media. I welcome ideas and questions at any time at dokrieg@gmail.com.

Series: How and Why to Get Local Libertarians Elected:

Upcoming Articles:

  • 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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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 David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
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: David Holmer. Davidholmer@yahoo.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: Jami Van Alstine, jamiracquel2004@yahoo.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.

April 1, 2021 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Due to covid-19 this event has been moved to an online platform, please contact that affiliate chair for more information. Some virtual meeting information is posted here
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email jamestweeks@outlook.com.

April 6, 2021 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg email at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

April 7, 2021 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM
Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill. 39 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

April 10, 2021 - Straits Area Libertarian Party Annual Convention, 3:00 PM
The Thirsty Sturgeon. 11900 Scott Rd, Wolverine, MI 49799
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

April 14, 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

April 14, 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

April 18, 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.

April 18, 2021 - Libertarian Executive Committee (LEC) Business Meeting, 12:00 PM
Join Zoom Teleconference. Meeting ID: 813 4209 8007.
Call in at (312) 626-6799 [Then enter meeting ID and "#"] or join directly at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81342098007.

April 21, 2021 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Convention, 6:30 PM.
Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream. 29936 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3900..
Business starts at 7:30 PM. This will be their 2021 Convention, and we will be electing new officers, amending our bylaws, and appointing delegates to the June state Convention.
Anyone who can't attend, but wants to be selected as a delegate, can email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com https://lpocmi.org/

April 21, 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

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