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Vote Libertarian Tuesday November 6
By Bill Hall, Chair
Don’t forget to vote Libertarian in the general election on Tuesday, November 6!
Why should you vote?
- To support Libertarian candidates who advocate freedom and responsibility. To see a list of Libertarian Party of Michigan candidates and their contact information, click here.
- To show support for the Libertarian Promise to Michigan made by those candidates. Check out the Promise by clicking here.
- To give Libertarian Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates BILL GELINEAU and ANGELIQUE CHAISER THOMAS the vote total they need to retain the Libertarian Party of Michigan’s primary party status. That’s never been done by a Governor ticket other than the Republicans and Democrats since the current election law took effect more 80 years ago. Bill and Angelique need to garner votes equal to at least 5% of the votes that will be cast for all the Secretary of State candidates in the November 6 election. To learn more about their campaign click here.
- To vote on the three statewide proposals. Proposal 1 for marijuana legalization fell 2 votes short of the two-thirds majority required for endorsement at the 2017 Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention. The delegates to the 2018 Libertarian Party of Michigan voted to oppose Proposal 2, which would change the way gerrymandering is done by making sure only two “major parties” and the Secretary of State control the process. Proposal 3 to reinstitute straight ticket voting would hurt the ability of Libertarian, independent and third party candidates to gain votes. For more information on the Libertarian views on these proposals, click here.
- To support the Libertarian Party of Michigan nominee in the nonpartisan election for Michigan Supreme Court, KERRY LEE MORGAN. Note that the word “Libertarian” will not appear by his name on your ballot.
Remember – straight ticket voting doesn’t apply in this election. You must individually mark each candidate on your ballot. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Check out your sample ballot and find your polling place by clicking here.
Don’t blow this chance to send a message that it is no longer “politics as usual.” There is a real choice. Vote Libertarian on November 6!
Five Links and One Final Push for Bill Gelineau
By Brian Wright, State House candidate for District 38
Five links that demonstrate conclusively that the only intelligent vote for Michigan governor is Bill Gelineau, Libertarian. Please kick what you can into the kitty and vote for Bill, secure major party ballot status for 2020.
From my own 50 year background in Libertarian politics, Bill Gelineau is simply the best overall candidate for ANY office who has run for any public office-certainly a major office like governor-for that entire period.
A video of Bill Gelineau responding in real time to the WOOD Schuette-Whitmer debate.
Libertarian Candidates Make Waves
The momentum continues. Libertarian Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates Bill Gelineau and Angelique Chaiser Thomas have continued to attract mainstream media attention in the run up to the November 6 general election. That coverage includes television, newspaper, online and radio news reports. See for example, Bill Gelineau’s October 22 appearance on WOOD TV’s To the Point .
Libertarian porcupine becomes Metro Times cover critter, and Gelineau featured inside.
The same broadcast also featured Libertarian 20th State Senate district candidate Lorence Wenke and his Republican and Democrat opponents. The Gelineau campaign partnered with several Libertarian state legislative and other candidates in a statewide billboard advertising campaign, is running radio ads, and has distributed yard signs and bumper stickers.
Libertarian Secretary of State candidate Greg Stempfle and Attorney General candidate Lisa Lane Gioia have garnered many mainstream media reports treating them on par with the Democrats and Republicans. See, for example, the story on Greg’s campaign here.
Morgan Positioned to Win Michigan Supreme Court
Kerry Morgan, the Libertarian nominee in the nonpartisan Michigan Supreme Court race was recently reported by Target Insyght as the choice of 22% of voters for the second seat up for election. This may be a consequence of the dissatisfaction of some Republicans with one of their nominees, Elizabeth Clement. In fact, both Republican primary gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck and the Wayne County Republican Party have endorsed Kerry Morgan in the race, over Clement.
Several Libertarian state legislative candidates are running active campaigns. These include Patty Malowney’s 77th State Representative district campaign (Wyoming/Byron Township, Kent County), where she has knocked on more than 3,000 doors and distributed hundreds of yard signs, and Tyler Palmer’s campaign for the 93rd State Representative district (Clinton/Gratiot Counties), where he started his door-to-door, yard sign and direct mail campaigns more than a year ago. Take a look at representative news reports on Patty’s campaigns here and Tyler’s campaign here.
For a list of all 55 Libertarian Party of Michigan candidates and their contact information, click here. It’s not too late to contact your favorite candidate and volunteer to help out!
Boman Continues Campaigning on Two Fronts
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 – Michigan Board of Education candidate Scotty Boman has combined local activism with a statewide campaign. Locally he organized a questionnaire and candidate forum to vet Charter Commission candidates. As a statewide candidate he has ventured beyond Southeast Michigan to be interviewed on television and to participate in the only televised debate of Michigan Board of Education candidates.
Candidates from Both Parties Face Off in Meridian Township
Sherri Wells (G) and Scotty Boman (L) traveled to Okemos Michigan to participate in a one hour live televised debate. The debate, hosted by HOM-TV on Comcast channel 21, was the only live televised debate of the Board of Education candidates. All candidates were invited, but only Boman and Wells showed up.
People were invited to call in questions; however, at least one person, Mark Ashley Price, preferred social media.
Wells emphasized the value of Public Education in ensuring a “cohesive” society and argued that it was essential to a functional democracy. Boman contrasted himself with Wells by emphasizing the need to move away from the coercive manner by which public education is funded, calling it “extortion.” Boman also conceded, “I am going to say a couple very unpopular things…” before arguing for the removal of the “Gun-Free zones” from CPL restrictions.
Both Wells and Boman agreed that there was too much centralized control of education and they argued for a decentralized approach. They also spoke disparagingly of common core; Wells because it was a manifestation of corporate control and Boman because it was a manifestation of big government. Boman acknowledged the corporate component calling it “crapitalism or crony capitalism.”
The Debate follows half hour interviews with these candidates and others including Libertarian John Tatar.
Detroit Charter Commission Candidates Face Off at DRACO Forum
Closer to home, Boman continued his fight to preserve civilian oversight of the Detroit Police Department as founder and spokesperson of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO). They presented a Candidate Forum Sunday, October 14th in the gymnasium of the Samaritan Center on Detroit’s East-side. Ten candidates participated on the panel and about thirty people attended.
The moderator was WMKM 1440 AM “Stand Up Now!” host Cynthia A. Johnson.
The Charter Revision is the equivalent of a Constitutional Convention for the City of Detroit, yet most Detroiters knew very little about the candidates. This forum was a chance to learn about them. The emphasis was on how they envision the future of the Police Commission (If there is to be one), but questions were asked by the audience on a variety of topics related to revising the Charter.
Boman had previously campaigned against passage of the Charter Revision and petitioned for a recount when it appeared to pass by less than 184 votes. After failing to nullify the election results via the recount he filed a complaint with the Attorney General. The complaint was rejected by the attorney general and may now be addressed in circuit court.
Officers & Staff
General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.
Judicial Committee Members
: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, firstname.lastname@example.org
: Chair Alex Cooper, email@example.com. VC Dustin Reamer, 810-522-3136, firstname.lastname@example.org
: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, email@example.com
: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 firstname.lastname@example.org
: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, email@example.com
: Mike Saliba, firstname.lastname@example.org
: Tim Coon, email@example.com
Zach Boyle, 989-255-4521, firstname.lastname@example.org
: Dana Carver, email@example.com
: Donna Gundle-Krieg. firstname.lastname@example.org
: Greg Stempfle, (313) 929-1789, email@example.com
: Jason Brandenburg. firstname.lastname@example.org
: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . email@example.com
: Scotty Boman, (313) 247-2052, firstname.lastname@example.org
: Jake Andrews. (269) 967-4071. email@example.com
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.
November 6, 2018 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan Election Night Celebration! 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
We will be gathering at Russo's Pizzeria Bar & Grille, 6209 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI.
Make sure to vote Libertarian on Tuesday, November 6! Then come join us from 8 to 10 pm as we watch the election returns roll in.
For more information, please contact Jamie Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 6, 2018 - Come party with the Libertarians on Election night! 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Southfield Westin is located at 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075.
The Libertarian Party of Oakland County is hosting an election night party at the Southfield Westin Hotel on Election night. The event will be held in the lobby / bar area and food will be provided! There is no charge to attend and participate. All of our activists and volunteers are welcome to show up. After a long campaign season, please drop by, unwind, and watch election results come in!
This is the last Oakland County Libertarian event scheduled in 2018. Regular meetings will resume in January at a new location.
For more information, please contact Greg Stempfle, email email@example.com, call 313-929-1789, or visit the event page on Facebook.
November 7, 2018 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
For more information, contact James Hudler at 734-475-9792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 10, 2018 - Call To LPWM Convention, Noon - 2:00 PM
Railtown Brewery 3595 68th Street SE in Dutton, MI.
The candidates and precinct delegates of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan will meet in convention on Saturday, November 10th for the purpose of electing representatives to its Oversight Committee and other party business. Come celebrate our Libertarian victories and elect the new Oversight Committee to steer the affiliate for the next two years!
Following the initial convention of Libertarian precinct delegates and candidates, the new Oversight Committee will select the LPWM party officers for the 2019-20 term. For more information on the business of this convention and the role of the Oversight Committee and officers, click here to consult the LPWM Bylaws.
For more information, please contact Jamie Lewis at email@example.com.
For future reference, LPWM events are posted on the LPWM Website, LPWM Facebook page and LPM Website. LPWM business meetings usually occur via the Zoom videoconferencing app on the fourth Wednesday of each month, though not this October due to the candidate event noted above. Members may participate by emailing for the log in information.
November 14, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18, 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 emailCapitalAreaLP@gmail.com to confirm location.
Times and locations may very from month to month.
November 21, 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: https://www.jhlp.org/
November 25, 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 email@example.com or Dustin Reamer at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 6, 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 email@example.com
December 6, 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 ScottyBoman@hotmail.com
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