June 10, 2008
One of the small but important moments at the National Convention in Denver was a contribution from LP women to Locks For Love.
This organization collects freely donated hair to make wigs for children stricken with cancer and other maladies. A donation was arranged by several women from the Colorado LP, the affiliate that helped arrange and run the convention.
Quietly held on the morning of Sunday, the 25th, in the main Convention Hall, this donation ceremony by three Colorado delegates was joined by the LPM's own Carol Grant.
Having twice donated her hair to this cause, she, with the others, revealed the true meaning of the charity and benevolence that the LP advocates.
More than 65 Libertarians and guests gathered for the 2008 State Convention in Romulus on Saturday, June 7. The LPM nominated 85 candidates for public office in the November general election, filling all statewide and federal candidate races, dozens of State Representative slots and many races for County and Township offices.
LPM Chair Bill Hall, Vice Chair Erin Stahl,Secretary Emily Salvette and Treasurer Nicole Michalak were re-elected. Ten candidates sought the five At-Large LEC positions, and the following were elected: Bob Jackson, Greg Stempfle, Jim Allison, Dan Grow and Greg Creswell. Bill Gelineau, Will White and Tom Bagwell were elected to the Judicial Committee.
Bill Gelineau and his committee put on a well-run convention, that provided plenty of amenities to the delegates, and made money. The banquet was attended by about 50 diners, and featured Reason Foundation scholar Shikha Dalmia. She delivered a provocative and informative speech supporting open immigration. The banquet fundraiser was the most successful in recent memory, exceeding $2,000.
Romulus-MI. On the afternoon of Saturday, June 7th, Scotty Boman was nominated to run for United States Senate by the Libertarian Party of Michigan. The convention was in Romulus at the Best Western-Gateway.
The nomination for U.S. Senate was contested. Leonard Schwartz, the 2006 nominee for the same office and 2008 vice-presidential hopeful, ran against seven-time Libertarian candidate, Scotty Boman.
Boman, an active Ron Paul supporter from the Detroit area, had been campaigning for the Senate nomination for the past two months. Schwartz started his United States Senate Campaign at the Denver national convention, where he withdrew his candidacy for vice president after Bob Barr was named the party’s presidential nominee.
Scotty Boman is a longtime party activist and former state party chairman who captured almost 137,000 votes in his 2004 race for State Board of Education.
Leonard Schwartz has served as the party's political director, and was the party's US Senate candidate in 2006. In his 2004 race for Michigan Supreme Court, he drew more than 438,000 votes.
"Either of these men would be a voice of reason in the US Senate, and a welcome improvement over Senator Carl Levin," state chairman Bill Hall said on the eve of the convention. He continued, "Both support steep spending and tax cuts, promptly withdrawing from Iraq, and restoring our freedoms taken away by the Patriot Act, unlike their Democratic and Republican opponents."
In a press release issued the previous day Hall is quoted as saying, "Scotty and Leonard are leading the charge, but this year's state convention promises to be a great day for our party," Hall noted. "Former Congressman Bob Barr's nomination as the Libertarian Presidential candidate in Denver late last month has energized libertarians, Ron Paul Republicans and anti-McCain conservatives to run on the Libertarian ticket." Hall is expecting this year's slate of Libertarian candidates to contest all statewide offices and Congressional races, dozens of state house seats, and dozens more county and local offices. Many districts in Southeast Michigan will have only a Libertarian and a Democrat on the ballot.
In his acceptance speech, Boman praised Schwartz’s record of supporting libertarianism and the Michigan LP, and said he would nominate Schwartz for any office for which Schwartz chose to run. Ultimately, Schwartz decided to run for the 5th United States House of Representatives seat.
On June 9th; Monday morning at 7:40 AM Scotty Boman was interviewed by Walt Sorg on WILS Radio 1320 AM.
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