October 2018
Volume 47:10

In This Issue:

Deputy Editor Still Needed

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Gelineau and Thomas Begin Campaign


Following the August 25 Libertarian Party of Michigan Convention, Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates Bill Gelineau and Angelique Chaiser Thomas wasted no time hitting the campaign trail.

On Thursday, August 30 they traveled to Grand Rapids for interviews with several media outlets. These included a taping of To the Point at WOOD TV 8 (a CBS affilliate) with political reporter Rick Albin, broadcast on Sunday, September 2. They also visited Fox TV 17, where they were reported as saying

On Thursday, August 30 they traveled to Grand Rapids for interviews with several media outlets. These included a taping of Michigan voters are 'ready for real solutions.' Also they were interviewed by WZZM TV 13 (an ABC affiliate), and WOOD News Radio.

They finished their Grand Rapids tour with a pop up reception attended by many of the party faithful at Abacus Title Agency. 

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Candidate Opportunities And Updates


Student Libertarians: This Is A Call To Action!

By Connor Jared Nepomuceno, College Outreach Director.

The 2018 Elections are less than 40 days away, and our candidates want to reach out to you and your classmates. Please let us know if there are any events coming up on your campuses, whether they are political in nature or even just open to the public. Our candidates would love to have the chance to shake hands and win hearts and minds. Any opportunity for our candidates to get out there and get the message of liberty across can help make this coming election our strongest showing yet!

Please contact our College Outreach Director Connor Jared Nepomuceno on Facebook or by email at

Delta College To Host Candidate Forum

By Richard Diehl III, President, Citizens in Action

University Center, MI - The Democracy Commitment at Delta College is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event from 10:00 AM to Noon Tuesday on October 23rd, in the East and West Main Hallways of the campus (961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710)

The purpose of this event is to give students the opportunity to meet candidates running at the local, state and federal levels and learn what they stand for in order to be informed in advance of the Michigan November Election.

We invite any local, state or federal candidate of all parties to be on hand for the event.

If you are in contact with a Libertarian candidate running to represent the citizens of Bay, Saginaw, or Midland County please forward this information to them.

Fruitport VFW Post Meet the Candidate Event

By Max Rikse

Fruitport Township, MI - On Friday October 19th the Fruitport Post of the VFW will host a candidate forum at 5201 Airline Road, Fruitport Township 49444 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Candidates from all parties who will be on the November 6th, 2018 ballot are invited to attend. Tables will be available to display campaign materials but may not be hung up or fastened to walls. Yard signs may be displayed out in front of the building starting at 6:00 AM on Friday, October 19th; but must be removed by 8 PM.

To assist the VFW Post in promoting the event, candidates are encouraged to announce their planned attendance on Facebook and/or other social media. The VFW Post plans on publicizing the event through local print media.

POC for the event is Lt. Colonel (Ret) Max Riekse, Fruitport Post Commander at (231) 865-3238. Max is a candidate for Michigan State Senate District 34 which includes the West Michigan counties of Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo.

League Of Women Voters Of The Grand Haven Area Hosts Forum

Grand Haven, MI - The League of Women Voters of the Grand Haven Area will be holding a forum on Tuesday October 9th at the Grand Haven Community Center Mackinaw Room, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven Michigan 49417. Candidates for the 89th State House and 30th State Senate Districts will be featured. Please see this flyer for details.

Creswell Steps Up State Rep. Campaign

By Gregory Creswell, State Representative Candidate (Dist. 1)

Detroit, MI - I plan on campaigning in downtown Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State, in Eastern Market on Saturday mornings and on Sundays before Lions' home games during the tailgating period. Of course, I will also be campaigning in the neighborhoods of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods and the northeastern parts of Detroit. My short but to the point campaign slogan of "our car insurance is too damn high" is an attention grabber for sure and meets with 100% approval. I have also added a second line, "repeal the no-fault law, vote Libertarian."

To help Gregory, email him at or contribute at:

LeBlanc Goes Offers Contrast To Democratic Opponent at LWV Forum

By Joe LeBlanc, Michigan Senate candidate (Dist. 7)

Livonia, MI - I was pleased to participate in a League of Women Voters candidate forum on September 19th, 2018 at the Livonia City Hall. Approximately 80 people attended the event, and I was able to quite effectively contrast the" Less Government, More Freedom" position against the Democrat who found no tax increase and no new government program to not be of her liking. The Republican candidate did not attend.

A video of the event is posted to YouTube at:

Bruce Campbell MSU Board Of Trustees Candidate Profile

As submitted by the candidate to the Detroit Free Press and League of Women's Voters.

Current Position: Advocate for the poor, leadership in community.

Education: BA from MSU, post grad work, Paris, France and Lausanne, Switzerland; charter member Justin Morrill College, Rodney B. Wilson High School, St. Johns, MI.

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Stempfle campaigns for Secretary of State in northern Michigan

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Libertarian nominee for Secretary of State Gregory Stempfle has been campaigning across the state since receiving the party nomination at the August 25 state convention in Romulus.

During mid-September, Stempfle took a five day trip across northern Michigan to speak to voters and deliver state party campaign materials to local affiliates. On September 12, Stempfle participated in a candidate meet and greet in Manistee, hosted by the Northwest Michigan Libertarians, along with several other candidates including Bill Gelineau for Governor, David Holmer for Manistee County Commissioner and a number of city officials. Stempfle also spoke on September 14 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette at an event hosted by the NMU Cannabis Association for Responsible Education and on September 16 in Cheboygan at the monthly meeting of the Straits Area Libertarians.

Stempfle has a number of upcoming speaking engagements scheduled. He will address the Oakland County Clerk's Association on September 26 about election reform, the Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) about voting rights for former prisoners on October 2, and will participate in a meet and greet hosted by CitizenDetroit on October 4th. Since getting the nomination, Stempfle has also been interviewed with the Detroit News, the Tom Sumner show in Flint, and by the Oakland County Times.

You can visit Stempfle's website to learn more or make a campaign donation at or on Facebook at

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Libertarians Oppose Anti-Gerrymandering Amendment, Proposal 2

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Romulus, MI - Delegates at the August 25 Libertarian Party of Michigan State Convention voted to oppose Proposal 2. Organized by the group Voters Not Politicians, the proposed amendment to the Michigan Constitution would create an independent citizens redistricting commission designed to curb partisan gerrymandering.

Among the reasons for the opposition to the amendment are that it would define "major political party" in the state Constitution for the first time and limit that category to only two political parties, those two with the largest representation in the state legislature. The commission would therefore consist of four Democrat, four Republican, and five "non-affiliated" members, giving the major parties an 8-5 majority. Many libertarians feel that gerrymandering is an inherent characteristic of electing legislative bodies by single member districts and the only way to solve this problem is to move towards electing legislators from multi-member districts or proportional representation.

At the same convention, Libertarian delegates took no position on Proposal 1, the ballot initiative organized by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. However at the July 2017 State Convention, delegates fell two votes shy of the two-thirds necessary for the endorsement. Most of the opposition to the proposal was because people with previous cannabis convictions would not have their record expunged (something Bill Gelineau has promised to do if elected Governor) and the additional taxes placed on cannabis being used as a means for government to raise revenue for unrelated functions.


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Libertarians Exhibit Blue Ribbon Outreach At Allegan County Fair

By Bruce Smith


Allegan, MI - From September 7th through 15th, Libertarians worked the Allegan County Fair Booth. Mary Buzuma of the West Michigan Libertarian Party was volunteer coordinator. Myself and Arnie Davidsons helped work the booth for a whole week. Bruce and Ann Campbell of Allegan also helped as volunteers for a few days as well as many others from the West Michigan and Southwest Michigan Affiliates. We handed out flyers for candidates and the Libertarian Party. Many fair attendees stopped and took the "World's Smallest Political Quiz" and were surprised to find that they were Libertarian. The fair parade on Monday night had the "Lady Liberty" float. Mary and Ann walked the parade route along with our candidate for Governor Bill Gelineau who worked the crowd. The band that marched in front of our float played "My Country 'Tis of Thee, Sweet land of Liberty." You couldn't ask for anything more and for free. Parade watchers clapped as our crew and float passed by them. You'll find Bruce Campbell on the statewide ballot for Trustee of Michigan State University. Mary Buzuma is running for State Senate in District 30 (Ottawa County). Be sure you are registered and vote November 6th!

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Edward Karpinski 1936-2018

I have met very few people - in any walk of life, much less the contentious world of political activism - as thoughtful and giving, as considerate and warm-hearted, as Ed Karpinski. I can't recall ever hearing an angry (or even unkind) word pass his lips - about anyone. Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed. The Libertarian Party, the libertarian movement and, in fact, the world in general is a little poorer for your loss.  -Tim O'Brien-

Edward W. Karpinksi, longtime Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) activist passed away on September 8th at age 82. Most veteran Libertarians will remember him as the dedicated volunteer who was always willing to organize bulk mailings at a time when postal delivery was the primary means of communication between the LPM and its members. He and his wife Joanne were always volunteering and would often work together until her death in the fall of 2001.

He and Joanne frequently staffed the headquarters of Jon Coon's 1994 US Senate campaign as well as the Hazel Park LPM office. Edward's dedication helped inspire Political Director Greg Stempfle:

When I first got active in the LP, I was living in Wayne County where Ed and his wife Joanne were two of our most dedicated activists. They both helped shape me into becoming a party leader. Ed was always one of the first people to step up and take on many of the behind the scenes responsibilities needed to run an organization smoothly, from serving on the county board to assembling mailings at his house. Everything Ed did, he did with a giant smile and infectiously warm and kind personality. Rest in peace Ed.


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Boman Continues Effort To Preserve Police Commission Amidst Charter Revision

Based on DRACO News Release

This candidate was selected at a state convention, but a candidate's views and activities are not necessarily endorsed by the Michigan Libertarian.


Detroit, MI - Scotty Boman is the Libertarian candidate for Michigan Board of Education, but that hasn't taken him away from local politics. He is also founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.). He appears to have been unsuccessful in preventing the Charter Revision (Proposal R) from passing, but he hasn't given up on his mission to preserve the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC).

On September 30th he announced that he would be holding a candidate forum for Charter Commission Candidates, with the future of the Board of Police Commissioners being a central topic. The forum will be held on Sunday on October 14th at the Samaritan Center 5555 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213.

DRACO also sent questionnaires to Detroit Charter Commission (DCC) candidates, with assurances that the results would be well publicized. According to Boman,

"We want the public to make informed decisions. If more people were aware of Proposal R, we wouldn't be having this conversation, but some DCC candidates have already come out in favor of preserving or even expanding on, the elected BOPC. DRACO is an educational organization, and we want to make sure voters know which DCC candidates support civilian oversight and the right of Detroiters to elect their own Police Commissioners.

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW. 
Chair: Bill Hall. 
First Vice Chair: Tim Yow. 
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. 
Secretary: Emily Salvette. 
Treasurer: Jason Brandenburg. 
District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. 
District 2 Rep: Mary Buzuma. 
District 3 Rep: Jamie Lewis. 
District 4 Rep: Tim Coon. 
District 5 Rep: Mark Sanborn. 
District 6 Rep: Wendi Parker. 
District 7 Rep: Norman Peterson. 
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. 
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. 
District 10 Rep: John Kanan. 
District 11 Rep: Paul Connolly. 
District 12 Rep: Larry Johnson. 
District 13 Rep: Adam Zientarski. 
District 14 Rep: Ben Carr. 

Judicial Committee Members



Webmaster: In Transition. 
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. 
Deputy Editor: Volunteer Wanted. 
Circulation Director: Catherine Filus 

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, 
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, VC Dustin Reamer, 810-522-3136, 
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, 
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, 
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, 
Mid-Michigan: Tim Coon, 
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, 
Northern Lower: Dana Carver, 
Northwest Michigan: Donna Gundle-Krieg. 
Oakland County: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, 
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. 
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . 
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, 
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071.



Upcoming Events

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the site. It is recommended that you contact an officer for an affiliate 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.

October 9, 2018 - League of Women Voters of the Grand Haven Area 89th State House and 30th State Senate District forum, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Grand Haven Community Center Mackinaw Room, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven Michigan 49417.
Please see this flyer for detailsPlease see this flyer for details

October 10, 2018 - Libertarians of Macomb County Monthly meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at

October 14, 2018 - Straits Area Libertarian Party (SALP), 5:00 PM
Regular meeting.
Hoppie's Landing (Pellston Airport Terminal). 1395 US-31. Pellston, MI 49769
Contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email For Updates visit:

October 14, 2018 - Detroit Charter Commission Candidate Forum, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The emphasis will be on the future of civilian oversight of law enforcement.
Samaritan Center Gymnasium. 5555 Conner StDetroit, MI 48213
Contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email For Updates visit: DRACO.Life

October 17, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Convention, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM meeting,
We will probably return to Shield's Pizza. Call ahead to confirm location. 1476 W Maple Rd. Troy, MI
For more information contact County Chair Greg Stempfle at (313) 929-1789 or

October 17, 2018 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant, 311 W. Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201
For more information contact Norman Peterson (269) 330-2980. JHLP Website:

October 19, 2018 - Fruitport Post of the VFW will host a candidate forum, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5201 Airline Road, Fruitport Township 49444
For more information contact Lt. Colonel (Ret) Max Riekse, Fruitport Post Commander at (231) 865-3238.

October 21, 2018 - Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Harper's Restaurant and Brew Pub. 131 Albert Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823.
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

October 23, 2018 - The Democracy Commitment of Delta College "Meet the Candidates", 10:00 AM - Noon
East and West Main Hallways of the campus (961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710)

October 28, 2018 - Genesee County, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Jan's Bar and Grill. 7499 Miller Rd. Swartz Creek, MI 48473
For more information, contact Alex Cooper at or Dustin Reamer at

November 1, 2018 - Livingston County Michigan Libertarians social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary's Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email

November 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen, 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228
Business and speakers, for the Wayne County affiliate, are normally scheduled from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, but people arrive around 6:30 PM to order dinner. For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email




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