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MICHIGAN LIBERTARIAN
April 2018
Volume 47:04

 


In This Issue:

 

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First Libertarian Governor Candidate Files for Primary

by Bill Hall, Chair & Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Editor’s note: This article concerns a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another, or the candidate’s views.

Lansing, MI – On March 8, 2018, Grand Rapids businessman Bill Gelineau became the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to qualify for the first ever Libertarian Party primary election. The Gelineau campaign delivered 2,456 pages containing 21,187 signatures to the Bureau of Elections. 15,000 signatures of registered voters are required to qualify for the ballot. The Gelineau campaign is confident they comfortably met that threshold.

The Libertarian Party qualified as a “primary” party, eligible to nominate its candidates at the August 7 primary election just like the Democrats and Republicans, because 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson polled 172,136 votes in Michigan. Gelineau is the first non-Democrat or Republican to qualify for a gubernatorial party primary in almost 50 years, and only the second since 1932. Two other candidates have announced their intention to seek the Libertarian gubernatorial nomination. One of them, John Tatar, a retired US Army Reserve Lt. Colonel and school teacher from Redford, reports he has collected more than 10,000 petition signatures, and expects to file his petitions to get on the ballot by the April 24 deadline. That would set up a race for the Libertarian Party nomination for Governor, to be decided August 7. The other candidate, Jeff Wood, has filled a statement of organization.

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Libertarian Candidate, Schwartz, To Match First $100k in Contributions

By Leonard Schwartz
 

Editor’s note: This article concerns a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another, or the candidate’s views.

I plan to run a big money campaign for Congress. I will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000

I chose the 11th Congressional District because it will be easiest. In 2016 the incumbent Republican won with only 53% of the vote. He is not running for reelection.

I needed 1,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot. I submitted over 1,400 signatures. The Bureau of Elections certified my petitions and listed me as a candidate.

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22 Libertarians Have Filed for Office So Far, Deadline is April 24

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

There is under one month until the filing deadline for the August primary!

At last count, there are at least 22 Libertarian Party members who have filed campaign finance paperwork to run for office or are collecting signatures, including special elections and nonpartisan races. It’s up to all of us to help recruit members of our party to run for office and help collect signatures for those who need assistance.

The following candidates have already filed and are qualified for the August primary. Leonard Schwartz and Bill Gelineau submitted the necessary number of signatures to run for Congress and Governor respectively and twelve candidates have filed to run for the Michigan Legislature by paying the refundable filing fee; eight for State House and four for State Senate.

  • Governor – Bill Gelineau
  • Congress – Leonard Schwartz (D11)
  • State Senate – Chad McNamara (D17), Erwin Haas (D26), Max Riekse (D34), and Tim Coon (D35)
  • State House – Anthony Croff (D39), Frederick Mercado (D57), Norm Peterson (D64), Jason Rees (D65), Jamie Lewis (D72), Patty Malowney (D77), Tyler Palmer (D93), and Robin Melcher (D95)
The following candidates are currently collecting signatures to appear on the August primary.
  • Governor – John Tatar and Jeff Wood
  • US Senate – Brian Ellison
  • Congress – Ronald Hawkins (3), Mike Saliba (9)

Additionally, Larry Johnson is running for Ypsilanti Township Parks Commission in a special election to be held on May 9, Mark Ashley Price is running for a seat on the nonpartisan Highland Park School Board, and Greg Stempfle has filed for Secretary of State but the nomination will not be made until the fall convention held after the August primary.

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State Senator Laura Ebke Offers Practical Real-World Advice

By Bill Hall, Chair

The Michigan Libertarian Summit on March 10 offered practical real-world advice from Libertarian State Senator Laura Ebke of Nebraska. She joined our own Hazel Park City Councilman Andy LeCureaux in a morning round-table discussion of Libertarian elected officials. She also delivered the keynote speech at the LibertyFest banquet.

In June, 2016, Laura Ebke left the Republican Party to become a Libertarian. At the time, she told the Omaha World-Herald “I got frustrated with some of my colleagues who don’t recognize civil liberties and don’t seem to agree with getting government out of people’s business.” Since then, she has continued as an important member of Nebraska’s unicameral “nonpartisan” legislature, serving as chair of its Judiciary Committee. This year she is running for re-election.

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Convicted Jury-Nullification Advocate, Wood, Receives Award

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Bath, Michigan – Keith Wood, a Michigan businessman who was convicted of “jury tampering” for handing out pamphlets on a public sidewalk, was presented with the “Spokesperson for Liberty Award” by the Libertarian Party of Michigan on Saturday March 10th.

The Defender of Liberty Award Banquet (AKA “LibbyFest”) was held March 10th at the Eagle Eye Banquet Center, Bath, Michigan. The “Spokesperson for Liberty Award” is one of three “Defender of Liberty Awards” that may be presented annually. It goes to a member of the community whose patriotism and conviction have inspired contributions to the cause of liberty

Wood’s case remains in the appeal process. He was initially arrested in 2015 after distributing a pamphlet entitled, “Jury Rights: True or False?” from the sidewalk in front of the Mecosta County courthouse in Big Rapids. The pamphlet described the important American legal tradition that juries may choose not to convict a person for violating a law the jury decides is unjust. In 2017 Wood was sentenced by a Mecosta County judge to eight weekends in jail, six months’ probation, 120 hours of community service, and $545.00 in fines, for jury tampering.

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Loel Gnadt Wins Producer of Liberty Award

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director & Scotty Boman, Editor

Congratulations to Loel Gnadt for wining this year's Libertarian Party of Michigan Producer of Liberty Award. This award goes to "a dedicated, behind-the-scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplifies the backbone of the LP”.

Loel has been a Libertarian candidate ten times going back to 1996. He has run for Congress (2014), State Senate twice (2010, 2006), State House four times (2016, 2012, 1996) including a special election in 1996, and three times for Wayne County Commissioner (1998, 2000, 2002).

Throughout this time, he was one of the most dedicated and constant activists in the LP of Wayne County, if not the entire state, and always stepped up to take on the behind the scenes responsibilities that come with being a leader in an affiliate. He has served many roles in the LPWC over the years including Chair and currently a member-at-large.

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Stempfle Receives Pre-Endorsement for Secretary of State Run, Seeks Volunteers

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

I would like to thank the delegates at the March 10 Libertarian Party of Michigan State Convention for giving me their “pre-endorsement” for our Secretary of State nomination. The official nomination will not be until the fall convention after the August primary.

I decided to run for Secretary of State after chairing the special bylaws committee that was tasked with bringing the LPM bylaws up to date following our change in ballot status after the 2016 election. Throughout the process of learning these requirements of being a so-called “major party”, it became more and more clear just how the Democrats and Republicans have created a two-party system. Many sections of Michigan Election Law, campaign finance law, and the Michigan Constitution are specifically designed to perpetuate two-party participation in our government to the exclusion of all other parties and independents.

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Training Workshop Blazed Path To Future Candidate Support

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

A candidate training workshop was held during the morning session at the March 10th Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Summit at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township. Several dozen prospective candidates and campaign staff were in attendance and heard from a series of speakers talking about different aspects of running for office. Greg Stempfle, LPM political director, gave an overview of the 2018 campaign season. LPM Chair Bill Hall went over campaign finance rules. Patty Malowney, candidate for Michigan State House District 77, discussed using social media for your campaign and Leonard Schwartz, candidate for US Congress District 11, gave advice on how to collect signatures.

The next set of speakers went over the various party resources available to Libertarian candidates. Tim Yow, LPM Affiliates Director, discussed the Candidates as Bloggers program. Catherine Filus, at large director with the Macomb Libertarians, talked about web design and hosting on the LPM site. Scotty Boman, LPM newsletter editor, discussed the state party newsletter, The Michigan Libertarian.

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State Convention Roundup

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

The Libertarian Party of Michigan held a National Delegate Selection Convention during the afternoon session at the March 10th Libertarian Summit at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township. The main item of business was the selection of delegates to the Libertarian National Convention in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend. Michigan was allotted 35 delegates and 50 alternates.

There were 82 credentialed delegates from across the state in attendance at the time of voting for the national convention delegates. An initial list of 35 national convention delegates was approved by voice vote then an additional 15 people were then nominated for alternate and ranked by voting delegates.

During the vote tallying, three candidates for Libertarian National Committee Vice Chair spoke; Joe Hauptman, Tim Yow speaking in behalf of Alex Merced, and James Weeks II. Prior to the state of convention business, Presidential candidate Adam Kokesh also addressed the crowd.

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State Rep. Candidate Campaigns for People's Grand Juries
By Scotty Boman, Editor

Editor’s note: This article concerns a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another, or the candidate’s views.

Libertarian state representative candidate, Brian Wright, has embarked on a campaign to establish independent grand juries which he believes will serve to “uphold the people’s first principles against corrupt government.” In a recent announcement Wright proclaims, “I aim to make it a cornerstone of my standing as a public party Libertarian for 38th District State House this year. The people need to take charge and clean up terminally corrupt government at all levels, and independent grand juries are the means to do so.”
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Senate Candidate Captures National Coverage
By Scotty Boman, Editor

Editor’s note: This article concerns a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another, or the candidate’s views.

United States Senate candidate Brian Ellison hasn’t filed his petition yet, but he has already received a level of media coverage for his controversial “Arm the Homeless” campaign that is rarely attained by state-wide Libertarian candidates, even after considerable expense and vigorous campaigning.

On the National level he has been written about in publications like NewsweekThe GuardianThe BlazeFox News, and Vice.com. This is the first time in Libertarian Party of Michigan history that one of our candidates has received coverage on Fox News or in Newsweek. Vice.com is the affiliated website for ViceLand TV, which frequently covers topics related to the underground economy.

In Michigan he has been reported on by MLive and Michigan Radio, and also featured on Fox 2 News in Detroit. Fox 2 News is one of the big three television stations in metropolitan Detroit that dominate the evening news market.

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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.chair@michiganlp.org 
First Vice Chair: Tim Yow. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org 
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org 
Secretary: Emily Salvette. secretary@michiganlp.org 
Treasurer: Jason Brandenburg. treasurer@michiganlp.org 
District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dist1rep@michiganlp.org 
District 2 Rep: Mary Buzuma. dist2rep@michiganlp.org 
District 3 Rep: Jamie Lewis. dist3rep@michiganlp.org 
District 4 Rep: Tim Coon. dist4rep@michiganlp.org 
District 5 Rep: Mark Sanborn. dist5rep@michiganlp.org 
District 6 Rep: Wendi Parker. dist6rep@michiganlp.org 
District 7 Rep: Norman Peterson. dist7rep@michiganlp.org 
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@michiganlp.org 
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org 
District 10 Rep: John Kanan. dist10rep@michiganlp.org 
District 11 Rep: Paul Connolly. dist11rep@michiganlp.org 
District 12 Rep: Larry Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org 
District 13 Rep: Adam Zientarski. dist13rep@michiganlp.org 
District 14 Rep: Ben Carr. dist14rep@michiganlp.org 
 

Judicial Committee Members

 

Volunteers

 
Webmaster: In Transition. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org 
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org 
Deputy Editor: Dave Dumas. newsletter@michiganlp.org 
 

Affiliate Contacts

 
Capital Area: Luke Sciberras. (248) 302-1064, lpsciberras@gmail.com 
http://www.calparty.org
Genesee County: Chair Alex Cooper, alexcooperliberty@gmail.com. VC Dustin Reamer, 810-522-3136,olddrumbelly@gmail.com 
https://www.facebook.com/LPGCMI
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, james.hudler@gmail.com 
https://lpwc.wordpress.com 
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net 
https://www.jhlp.org 
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net 
http://livingstonlibertarians.org 
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, chair@macomblp.org 
https://macomblp.org 
Mid-Michigan: Tim Coon, timothycoon1982@aol.com 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1356267337769739 
Northeast-Lower: Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, livovivo@gmail.com 
Northwest Michigan: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@gmail.com 
https://www.facebook.com/NWMILibertarian 
Oakland County: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, gregstempfle@gmail.com 
http://lpocmi.org 
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net 
https://swmlp.com 
Straits Area: Andy Evans. amevans_1968@yahoo.com
Wayne County: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, scottyboman@hotmail.com 
https://michiganlpwayne.wordpress.com 
West Michigan: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071. jwandrew@mtu.edu 
http://lpwm.org Back to Contents

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Upcoming Events
 

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com 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.

April 3, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Theo and Stacy's. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
Contact Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net to confirm location

April 4, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

April 5, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Catch up with each other at 7 while we order food and introduce any visitors. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.

April 5, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
Invite friends! We will be treated to a presentation by one of our own: Adam Zientarski. Adam has recently been elected to be the 13th Congressional District Representative to the LEC and is founder of CRM Cookbook.
He will be talking to us about crypto-currencies, and the financial implications of digital technology.
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228

April 7, 2018 - Outreach opportunity. Not an LP organized event.
Annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash Noon – 4:00 PM.

This is a chance to remind people that the Libertarian Party has been working for legalization since it was founded.
Diag, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Close to 913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

April 8, 2018 – Straits Area Affiliate, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or amevans_1968@yahoo.com
Great Lakes Grill. 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721

April 11, 2018 – Libertarians of Macomb County county convention, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

April 11, 2018 – Liberty Comes to Rockford, 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Kent District Library - Krause Memorial Branch, 140 E Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341
the Libertarian Party of West Michigan will host a discussion of Second Amendment gun rights in light of recent events, as part of its continuing series of educational and social events across West Michigan.

April 12, 2018 – Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
AW Body Shop. 3303 N East St. Lansing, MI 48906.
Contact Martin Mashon at (517) 894-7157 or emailmartinmashon@yahoo.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.

April 15, 2018 – Straits Area Affiliate ( #TaxationIsTheft Day ) Business Meeting, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or amevans_1968@yahoo.com
Great Lakes Grill. 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721

April 17, 2018 - Northwest Michigan Libertarians, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
Schelde's Grille and Spirits. 714 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686 
Check for updates here: https://www.facebook.com/NWMILibertarian/ 
For more information, please contact District 1 Rep: Donna Gundle-Krieg. dokrieg@gmail.com

April 18, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM meeting,
Shield's Pizza 1476 W Maple Rd. Troy, MI 48084
For more information contact Political Director Greg Stempfle at (313) 929-1789 or gregstempfle@gmail.com

April 18, 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 Norman Peterson (269) 330-2980. JHLP Website:https://www.jhlp.org/

April 22, 2018 – Mid-Michigan Group, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Oscar's Bar and Grill, 140 E Main St. Midland, MI 48640
For more information, contact Tim Coon at timothycoon1982@aol.com

April 22, 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 alexcooperliberty@gmail.com or Dustin Reamer at olddrumbelly@gmail.com

March 28, 2018 – Libertarians of West Michigan monthly business meeting, 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
There will be no March social meeting. Business will be conducted on the Zoom App.
For details contact Jacob Andrews at jwandrew@mtu.edu

May 1, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Confirm location with Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

May 2, 2018 – Libertarian Party of Huron-Raisin (Washtenaw), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

May 3, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Livingston County monthly social meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Catch up with each other at 7 while we order food and introduce any visitors. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker. 

May 3, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County monthly meeting, 6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM meeting
Tijuana Mexican Kitchen (West of Southfield Rd.) 18950 Ford Rd. Detroit, MI 48228


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