News Release: Libertarian Presidential Candidates to Debate in Ann Arbor

Libertarian Presidential Candidates to Debate in Ann Arbor
Emily Salvette
CONTACT: Emily Hopp Salvette

The three main contenders for the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States will be debating at the Michigan LP convention in Ann Arbor this weekend.
The contenders are:

Harry Browne — a successful investment advisor for 30 years who has written 11 books that have sold more than 2 million copies including: How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World and Why Government Doesn’t Work. The party’s ’96 candidate for president, Browne was born in New York City in 1933, grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee.

Don Gorman — a former State Representative in the New Hampshire House, Gorman was leader of the four man Libertarian caucus and served on both the Criminal Justice Committee and the Rules Committee. The 62 year old dean of elected American Libertarians lives in Deerfield, NH, where he was elected Trustee of the Trust Funds for the town in 1999.

Barry Hess — a true “Renaissance Man” who has lived in five different states (not including his time in Europe) in his brief 43 years. He is an attorney, entrepreneur, and small business owner whose educational background includes extensive involvement in sports and theater as well as politics. The self-described “moderate Libertarian” now makes his home in Maricopa, Arizona.

The three contenders will be making a bid for the support of Michigan’s 72 delegates to the national convention in Anaheim, CA, over the July 4th weekend.

The debate, moderated by Comerica Bank Chief Economist, David Littmann, will be held Saturday evening, May 20, at the Best Western Executive Plaza in Ann Arbor.

Members of the press are welcome. Contact convention chair Emily Hopp Salvette at 734-668-2607 or by e-mail at to arrange for credentials and/or to get more details.

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