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June 19, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  3. Steinport Wins
  4. Miller for School Board
  5. Time Running Out!

  1. Upcoming Events

    June 19, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarians of Allegan County monthly meeting. LPM vice-chair Ghazey Aleck will be our guest speaker. We will be planning our petition activities for the upcoming Allegan Bridgefest celebration.
    Location: Blue Heron Coffeeshop on the Riverfront in downtown Allegan. The entrance to the Riverfront parking is at the corner of Hubbard and Chestnut. Drive down and park behind Dockerty's. The Blue Heron is right next door to Docherty's, entrance on the riverfront.
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    June 20, 2001
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate.
    Location: Figaro's is located at 1503 11th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 987-3588. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend@advnet.net

    June 21, 2001 - 7:00 AM
    Regular monthly meeting of the Berrien County Libertarian Party.
    Location: Conference room of the Berrien Springs Public Library, located across from the Old County Courthouse in Berrien Springs MI
    Contact: Glenn Whitt, Secretary Phone: (616) 473-2764 E-mail: trombonist1@juno.com

    June 21, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Monthly meeting of the Van Buren County affiliate.
    Location: CT's Restaurant, South Haven, on the corner of M-140 and Blue Star Highway. Join us for dinner at 6:30pm.
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    June 23, 2001
    Allegan BridgeFest Celebration, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring parading and petitioning by the Libertarians of Allegan County. Also music, kiddy rides, food, and fun.
    Location: On The RiverFront in Downtown Allegan
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    June 24, 2001 - 1:00 PM
    The Libertarian Party of Shiawassee County would like to invite you to join us for a Celebration of Summer! Not a Fundraiser! Not a Political Event! Just an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of friends! What to bring: Your choice of beverage; your choice of meat to throw on the barbie (hamburgers will be provided); any other food you want; your friends; your kids; your neighbors... Cards, Frisbees, Fishing gear.... It’s up to you! Let’s have some fun! Call for directions. (Participation in event is purely voluntary; the LPSC assumes liability for NOTHING)
    Location: Shiatown Park in rural Shiawassee County
    Contact: Ben Steele III Phone: (989) 288-5616 E-mail: bsteele1@tir.com

    June 26, 2001 - 6:00 PM
    The monthly membership meeting of the Ottawa County Libertarian Party. Business meeting starts at 7:00.
    Location: The Denny's in Holland off of US 31
    Contact: Roger L. Bouwman Phone: (616) 218-2616 E-mail: chair@oclp.org

    June 27, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Oakland County Monthly Meeting. Meet for dinner at 6:30pm. Business begins at 7:30pm. Public welcome.
    Location: Sila's Restaurant on 12 Mile Road in Berkley.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail: chair@lpocmi.org

    June 28, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The Ballot Access Restoration Committee meets the second and fourth Thursday every month -- until we submit petition signatures to the Bureau of Elections to be certified to once again be able to run Libertarian candidates in partisan races. All LPM members are welcome to attend and help with both the planning and execution of our petition drive.
    Location: LPMHQ, 619 E. 9 Mile, Hazel Park (just east of I-75)
    Contact: Nancy O'Brien Phone: (313) 562-5778 E-mail: nobrien321@home.com

    July 9, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party Meeting. Turn in signatures, get new petitions, get ready for the Fair, get ready for Freedom Banquet 2001 on October 20th.
    Location: Grant Township Hall, located 1 mile West of Jays Sporting Goods on Surrey Road.
    Contact: Ghazey Phone: (517) 386-2699 E-mail: aleckfamily@voyager.net

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. ATENTION PETITIONERS!!! by Nancy O'Brien

    The first petition deadline is here!

    Now is the time to mail (or drop off) whatever signatures you have gathered thus far to the HQ:

    Libertarian Party of Michigan
    619 E. 9 Mile
    Hazel Park, MI 48030

    We will be doing our first tally at the HQ on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 1pm.

    If you can come by to help check the signatures so that they can be logged and counted, we would be grateful for the assistance.

    MOST IMPORTANT: Please make sure you get whatever signatures you have already collected to the HQ by Saturday so that they can be counted. We need to know how well we are doing in order to determine how much we need to spend on professionals as we go along. The worst thing we could do is overestimate where we are at, lose time and come up short at the end of the drive. The second worst thing we could do is underestimate where we are at and waste money buying signatures we don't need. Both of these situations can be avoided if we can accurately track how we are doing as we go along. But we can't track how we're doing if you don't send us the signatures you have gathered as we hit our deadline dates.

    Oh, and this doesn't mean you should stop collecting signatures. Just send in what you have, and then get right back out there and collect some more!

    Thank you. See you on Saturday!

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  3. Steinport Wins by Jason C. Miller

    GRAND RAPIDS – Winning by less than a hundred votes, Jeff Steinport delivered an amazing victory for the Libertarian Party. On June 11 22-year-old Jeff Steinport was elected to the Board of Education in Michigan’s second largest city.

    Backed by the Coalition for Community Involvement, Jeff and three others that support site-based management as a way to decentralize the school system and save money, he was elected to Grand Rapids School Board. Jeff described the victory as “exciting.”

    “The enormity is starting to sink in,” he said of the responsibilities associated with being on the school board for a city of 180,000 people. Realizing the time commitments necessary to represent small government views on the board of ed, Jeff resigned as chair of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan at the group’s June 14 meeting.

    Steinport attributed his win in a crowded field of nine candidates for three seats to a winning strategy. “This year I worked smarter rather than harder.” Last year Jeff ran for the same office but came up short. His story can be an inspiration for many Libertarians.

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  4. Miller for School Board by Jason C. Miller

    On June 11 my school board campaign lost. The results were:
    Thomas Butcher 708 (elected)
    Joan Huffman 520 (elected)
    Howie Boeve 306
    Jason Miller 254

    This looks like an especially bad when you consider that Howie Boeve was only a paper candidate and relied completely on his name recognition as a realtor and a member of the Christian Reformed Church. However, there's more to this than meets the eye.

    Each voter could vote for up to two candidates. Roughly 900 people showed up to vote. Since they couldn't vote for me more than once, this means that over 1/4 of the people who showed up to the polls showed up to vote for me. If an 18-year-old libertarian candidate who developed a reputation as a liberal can convince 1/4 of the voters to support him, imagine what older, more experienced candidates can do.

    The Libertarian Victory Fund played a huge roll in this campaign. The 6000 pieces of direct mail the LVF sent out made a difference on its own but also enhanced every other part of the campaign. While this campaign was a defeat, it shows the potential the organization has as more and better candidates step forward to run for local offices.

    This campaign also says something important for the Libertarian Party in West Michigan. It shows that we can run a large campaign with thousands of dollars and dozens of volunteers. This is the biggest campaign that's ever been run in Michigan's second congressional district; and it won't be the last.

    On a final note, we did make a difference for Hudsonville. Voter turnout in this election was 5 times the voter turnout in the last school board election. So many people showed up that they ran out of ballots and had to make photocopies to be hand counted. This was the first real contested election in the school district's history. Once again, it won't be the last.

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  5. Time Running Out! by Ben Steele III

    The deadline for the 2001 LPM Affiliate Contest is July 1st! So far, only four affiliates have announced goals (and therefore entered the contest).

    In May, the Libertarian Party of Shiawassee County announced the goal of collecting 5,000 signatures for the ballot drive, and is on its way with a little over 800 signatures as of this writing. Three more affiliates have now announced goals.

    The Libertarian Party of Lapeer/Genesee Counties plans to have no less than 25 people from their area circulating ballot drive petitions.

    The Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party intends to participate in several specific events: A St. Patrick's Day Parade, 4th of July Parades in Clare and Harrison, manning a fair booth, and hosting "Freedom Banquet 2001."

    The Libertarian Party of West Michigan will work to double their 2000 membership growth rate (they have yet to finalize the numbers, but Chair Jeff Steinport believes that their membership increased by 10-12% in 2000; this means they'll have to increase it by about 20% this year).

    Wow! What great goals; challenging, yet acheivable.

    Has your Affiliate set its goal yet? I don't see any reason why every Affiliate should not enter this year's contest... we've leveled the playing field! Every affiliate has an equal shot at the prize, but the real reward is in challenging ourselves and working toward worthwile goals.

    Shouldn't we be doing that anyway?

    I want to remind everyone that you will not be judged on the "merits" of your goal! You should tailor your goal to your unique set of circumstances. All Affiliates which meet their goals will be entered into a drawing for the $150 Advocates for Self Government gift certificate.

    So... What's Your Goal?

    Remember: Please report your goals to me by July 1st! Contact me at: bsteele1@tir.com or 989-288-5616.

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