December 2022

Volume 51:12

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2022 Libertarian Election Results in Michigan

By Greg Stempfle

2022 was a year when the LPM advertised on Freeway Billboard. Photo by Greg Stempfle.
2022 was a year when the LPM advertised on Freeway Billboard. Photo by Greg Stempfle.

The 2022 Mid-term elections are finally over. The Democrats swept every statewide office here in Michigan and retook both houses of the State Legislature for the first time in nearly 40 years. It was a frustrating night for the Republicans. The Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) ran 41 partisan candidates in 2022 and also had frustrating results. Overall vote totals were down from recent elections. However, voters elected one Libertarian candidate, Scotty Boman, to a nonpartisan office in Detroit: District 4 Community Advisory Council.

2022 Statewide Candidates


Mary Buzuma received 0.87% (38,768 votes), coming in third place for Governor. She earned more votes than the other three minor party candidates combined. Unfortunately, this 2022 result is down from the 1.13% Mary received when she ran in 2014 and from the 1.33% Bill Gelineau received in 2016. As our top of ticket candidate, this race determines if the LPM qualifies for the primary election. Mary fell short of the necessary 220,104 votes for the LPM to qualify for the 2024 primary election so we will nominate our candidates at convention next go around.

Secretary of State

Greg Stempfle received 1.20% (52,979 votes), also coming in third place and earning more votes than the other minor party SOS candidates combined. The results of this race determine the ballot order for the 2024 and 2026 elections; therefore, the LP will be the first party listed on the ballot after the Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately, Greg also did not improve on his previous performance from 2018 when he earned 1.96% of the vote.

Attorney General

Joe McHugh received 1.55% (67,710 votes), coming in third place. This was Joe’s first run for this position and his results were also down from 2018 when Lisa Gioia received 2.1%.

Supreme Court

Kerry Morgan came in fifth place with 7.02% (437,306 votes).

2022 Education Boards

Our top vote getter for statewide race was Eric Larson who earned 128,697 votes (1.61%) for University of Michigan Board of Regents.

2022 Legislative Candidates


The nine Libertarians running for Congress averaged 1.65% (5,700 votes). This is similar to how we did the past two elections but down from a record 3.04% in 2016. The best showing was Lorence Wenke in District 4 who earned 2.52% (8,427 votes). Another notable race was that of Dave Canny running in District 8.  A progressive PAC spent $69,000 supporting his campaign to try and take votes away from the Republican. Unfortunately, this didn’t reflect in the vote totals and Dave only received 4,598 votes (1.37%). Another active candidate, Mike Saliba in District 10, earned just 3,524 votes (1.08%) but that was enough to cover the margin of difference between Republican John James and Democrat Carl Marlinga which was decided by just 1,601 votes.

State Legislature

The 5 Libertarians running for State Senate averaged 1.94% (2,542 votes) and the 10 Libertarians running for State House averaged 2.00% (718 votes). This is similar to last election but down from a record 4.96% for State House in 2014. The best showing for State Senate was Jessica Fox in District 31 with 2.15% (2,845 votes) and the best showing for State House was Adam Childress in District 69 with 2.66% (991 votes). Two Libertarians held the balance of power in their races. In State Senate District 30, Theodore Petzold earned 2,516 votes and the Republican won by just 405 and in State House District 103, Courtney Evans earned 945 votes and the Democrat won by 765.

All Politics Are Local

2022 Local races

Seven Libertarians ran for partisan local office. Our highest percentage was Scott Parkham who received 30.02% (429 votes) for Alpena County Commissioner. There was no Democrat in the race. In other two way races, Andy Evans received 20.27% (336 votes) for Cheboygan County Commissioner and Ryan Roberts earned 17.84% (2,585 votes) for Delta County Road Commissioner.

The Winner is...

Lastly, Scotty Boman was re-elected to the nonpartisan Detroit Community Advisory Council in District 4! He earned 96.9 % (12,966 votes) with two opponents earning a total of 419 write-in votes between them. Congratulations Scotty and thank you to all of our candidates for running this year!

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Officers & Staff

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

Chair: Joe Brungardt. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Mike Saliba. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Mary Buzuma. vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Daniel Ziemba. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Ryan Roberts. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Steven Fox. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jordan Martin. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Rich Theelon. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Dave Canny dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Brandon Warzbyok. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Brian Ellison. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Joe Hartman. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Kyle McCauley. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Bruce Jacquays. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Daniel Muehl-Miller. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Jami VanAlstine. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Scotty Boman. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Connor Nepomuceno. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Robert Roddis. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Joshua Smith. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: Vacant. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Communications Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
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: Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, MichLibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Isabella County (Affiliate Applicant): Stephanie Dunn, 989-572-4450, stephaniedunn111969@gmail.com
Lapeer County: Kyle McCauley, (248) 974-5085.
Livingston County: Chair Joe Hartman, joehartman11@gmail.com
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, MacombLP@mail.com
Northern Michigan: Chair Stephanie Dean (231) 620-5280
Political director Corey Dean phone (231) 590-8290 or email cory0269@yahoo.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, cjnepo1@gmail.com or call (508) 579-7878
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, UPLP.org. ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Chair Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com
West Michigan: Chair Mary Buzuma, mary.buzuma@att.net or call (757) 748-5606.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact local affiliate officers (see above listing) to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

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.

December 1, 2022 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brewery Becker. 500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116.
For more information, contact Joe Hartman, joehartman11@gmail.com

December 3, 2022 - West Michigan biennial fall convention of LPWM members to select our Oversight Committee, 1:00 PM
Abacus Title’s Cascade office. 985 Parchment Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
For more information contact Mary Buzuma at (757) 748-5606, or email her at mary.buzuma@att.net.

December 7, 2022 - 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

December 8, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Isabella County Meeting (Affiliate Applicant), Start time 8:00 PM.
To participate in the meeting email Stephanie Dunn at: stephaniedunn111969@gmail.com or call at (989) 572-4450

December 8, 2022 - Straits Area LP (SALP) Business Meeting
Hoppies @ Pellston Airport. 1395 US-31, Pellston, MI, 49769
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

December 8, 2022 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wurst Bar, 705 West Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Come on down to watch, analyze, and discuss the election results.
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

December 9, 2022 - FLINT’S SECOND FRIDAY ARTWALK: Libertarian Party of Genesee County All Affiliate Event, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
Organized by the Greater Flint Arts Council Public Relations Committee, this program is a collaboration between over 20 businesses and cultural organizations in downtown Flint. We coordinate open house receptions, free to the public to promote the diversity of gallery offerings in our downtown. Locations vary seasonally. ARTWALK takes place on the second Friday of every month, 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Maps are available at Greater Flint Arts Council. Parking is available throughout the downtown area.
Dave Canny won't be at the December walk.
To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

December 10, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Second Annual Bowling Night, 1:00 PM
Oak Labes, 8450 North Middlebelt Rd., Westland, MI 48185. (734) 422-7420.
Directions Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com

December 11, 2022 - Lapeer County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

December 14, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Monthly Meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Habib's Cuisine, 14316 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com

December 14, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Macomb County Monthly Meeting, Dinner 7:00 PM Business 8:0 PM
b.d.'s Mongolian grill. 1350 Hall Rd. Sterling Heights, MI. 48313.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Macomb County's website:
https://macomblp.org for updates.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at MacombLP@mail.com

December 15, 2021 - Northern Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 5:30 PM
Virtual Meeting via Zoom.
For more information, contact Corey Dean at (231) 590-8290 or email him atcory0269@yahoo.com.

December 18, 2022 - Genesee County Affiliate Business Meeting and Christmas Party, 1:00 PM.
Vic's Pit Stop. 5311 Corunna Rd., Flint, MI 48532 (on the back side of Ruggeros Restaurant).

  • An abbreviated business meeting begins at 1:00 with Christmas Party / Gift Exchange following
  • All Affiliates and Unaffiliated neighbors are invited and welcome just bring a wrapped $5 Gift for the Gift Exchange
  • Let's close out 2022 and bring in 2023 together with good food, good drinks, and good friends
To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

December 18, 2022 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reno's North (16460 Old U.S. 27) Lansing, MI
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

December 20, 2022 - Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 8:00 PM.
The UPLP will be holding this meeting by Zoom Teleconference. Please link to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89324982981
The Meeting ID is 893 2498 2981 and one can call (312) 626-6799, and enter the Meeting ID, to join.
Everyone interested in learning about the UPLP and the Libertarian Party is welcome to join.
If you would like to get involved please contact Ryan Roberts ryan_r03@hotmail.com, (906) 420-2995] or Joshua Jongema.cannyds@gmail.com.

December 20, 2022 - Libertarian Executive Committee Meeting 7:30 PM
Please contact an LEC officer or LPM affiliate leader for the Zoom link.

December 21, 2022 - Jackson-Hillsdale Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant. 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI
Contact Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net Guest Speaker: Mr. Michael Woon. Topic - How the world’s finance and commodities markets, dominated by the G7 System, is moving to a new Global System created by Russia and China.

December 21, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. 30450 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Business starts at 7:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com or call at (508) 579-7878

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