September 2018
Volume 47:09


In This Issue:

Deputy Editor Still Needed

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The Libertarian Promise To Michigan

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

In an effort to promote our candidates and party in the upcoming fall election, we have developed an outreach campaign known as "The Libertarian Promise to Michigan". Working with a group of eight candidates for the Michigan Legislature, we outlined some of the legislative priorities Libertarians will address if elected in the fall. We selected ten campaign issues and drafted statements on how Libertarians would deal with them. All of the issues and explanations in the Promise are consistent with the Libertarian Party of Michigan platform. The Promise was created to help candidates explain issues, and to create campaign material for the party and candidates to use. To that end we created a tri-fold brochure and slate card listing all of our candidates based around the Libertarian Promise to Michigan. We will be making some copies available in addition to both documents in .pdf form to print on your own.

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Libertarians Nominate Statewide Candidates for General Election

By Greg Stempfle, Political Director

Delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) State Convention nominated their statewide candidates for public office on Saturday August 25 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Romulus. The most high profile nomination, that of Lieutenant Governor, went to attorney and businesswoman Angelique Chaiser Thomas of Lake Orion. She will join the ticket of gubernatorial candidate Bill Gelineau, who won the contested Libertarian primary for Governor on August 7. John Tatar, the gubernatorial primary runner-up and a retired school teacher, was selected as a candidate for State Board of Education. Other nominees include Gregory Stempfle for Secretary of State, Kerry Morgan for Supreme Court, and Lisa Lane Gioia for Attorney General. They will join 42 other Libertarian candidates on the general election ballot, who advanced after winning their primary elections.

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  Auburn Hills Attorney And Businesswoman Angelique Chaiser Thomas Confirmed

Libertarian Party of Michigan News Release

Romulus, MI - Delegates to the Libertarian Party State Convention overwhelmingly approved Auburn Hills Attorney and Businesswoman Angelique Chaiser Thomas as their choice for Lt. Governor. The Libertarian party of Michigan is now a major party categorically on par with the the other two major parties, the Republicans and Democrats.

Libertarian nominee Bill Gelineau, fresh from his recent primary win, seemed ready for the Party's next fight saying, "We have earned a place in the debates". The actions of the convention underlined the unprecedented unity of the Party. "Angelique and I will provide clear and solution-oriented perspectives in what otherwise has been a mud-slinging affair thus far", Gelineau quipped.

For her part, Ms. Thomas offered both humility and a glimpse of the race ahead. "I'm incredibly humbled that the Convention has given me the opportunity to be part of this massive effort to break the so-called two-party system. But, if Michigan citizens vote their conscience...based on their beliefs instead of their fears, we cannot lose.". Ms. Thomas' short biography is available at:

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News Briefs & September Announcements


By Mary Buzuma, District 2 Rep.

Allegan, MI - The Libertarian Party of West Michigan is hosting a booth at the Allegan County Fair from  September 7 - September 15, 2018. This year we will be located in the same building as the Republicans and Democrats, so it's going to be fun! As in the past all volunteers will receive a free pass to the fair which includes parking (pretty sweet deal!) Work the booth then see the fair! Sign up at the following link:

Please sign up as soon as possible so I can get you your pass in time before your volunteer date.

Candidates. The fair is one of the largest county fairs in Michigan and people come from all over Michigan and we would love to promote you so send us your stuff.

POC: Mary Buzuma (757) 748-5606 (cell)

Info for the fair can be found at

Thanks and see you at the fair!

Volunteers Also Needed In Detroit

By Scotty Boman, Wayne County Chair

Detroit, MI - The Libertarian Party of Wayne County is hosting an outreach table at Dally In The Alley. Thousands of people will turn out for this day and evening of music, food, art, beer, and merchandise.

Our top-of-ticket, Bill Gelineau and Angelique Thomas will be making a special appearance for most of the day.

The annual event is on Saturday September 8th in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center by W. Hancock & Second Avenue. Volunteers are needed from early morning through early evening. Peek time is from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The party goes late into the night, but volunteers will start packing up after Sunset.

Interested persons should call Wayne County Chair Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 (Voice Only) or email

Money & Politics

By Katie Nepton, Michigan Senate candidate (Dist. 24)

Editor's note: This article concerns a Libertarian candidate who was nominated through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any duly nominated candidate without endorsement of the candidate's views.

August 7, 2018 was the Michigan primary election, and across all of the elections that took place, one election in particular showed it was possible for corruption and greed to be removed from the political stage. My campaign for Michigan State Senate in District 24 is proudly not accepting campaign donations from anyone. I don't need money, what I need is votes.

In my race for State Senate there was a contested Republican primary and an uncontested Democrat; each of these three candidates raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is money that could have otherwise been spent within our community; to our local businesses, to our neighbors. That money could have repaired parks, helped churches, and promoted growth ... instead it pulls the community apart, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and the election has only just gotten started.

Communities need funds, politicians do not

We need to change the way the system works. And the ONLY way to do that is to vote for integrity. Use your voice to promote and vote for candidates who will keep money out of politics. I want people to decide for themselves how the world around us should be framed. Whether something is legal or illegal or legal with restrictions should be decided by the people who will be held to the laws.

We can have a better community and we can have a better world; we simply need to choose it.


Katie Nepton
Candidate for State Senate District 24
Happily refusing your money & accepting your support


Jackson - Hillsdale Affiliate Hosts Crypto-Money Talk By State Rep. Candidate

By Ron Acton, Jackson-Hillsdale Communications Director

Jackson, MI - On September 19th the Jackson Hillsdale Libertarian Party will host a talk on "Why you need Crypto-money and how to get some" which will be delivered by 65th District State Rep. candidate, Jason Rees. This will be part of their monthly meeting and follow that schedule:

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Social Networking.
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm JHLP Business Meeting.
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Speakers and Q & A.

Location: Steve's Ranch Family Restaurant, 311 West Louis Glick Hwy , Jackson MI 49201

Speaker's Bio:
Libertarian Philosophy: Anacho-Capitalist, None Aggression Principal, Voluntarism, Obstructionist.
Born and raised in Jackson, Michigan
Virginia High School Teacher for 5 years.
B.A.L.A.H in the humanities, M.S. Education Masters Degree, M.A. Math master in Mathamatics.
Working on Mathematics Doctorate in math; "A 3,500 year old problem".
College Mathematics Teacher for 10 years.
Self-employed commodities trader.

For more information contact:
Ron Acton, Communications Director
Jackson Hillsdale Libertarian Party

Libertarian SOS Candidate Plans Cheboygan Visit

Greg Stempfle, the Libertarian candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, will be visiting the Cheboygan area on Sunday, September 16th.

Stempfle's campaign stop will take place at the Great Lakes Grill at 5:00 PM. Several reform proposals will be discussed, including: voting by mail, automatic voter registration, same day registration, expanded absentee voting, ranked choice voting, proportional representation in the Legislature, ending straight ticket voting, ending public funding of campaigns for Governor, allowing non-partisan local elections, and reforming Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system.

Following the forum with Stempfle, there will be a regular business meeting for the Straits Area Libertarian Party.

Contact: Andy Evans (231) 625-8403

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Libertarians Host Public Forum for Upcoming Election

By Donna Gundle-Krieg, District 1 Rep.


Manistee, MI - Several candidates running in the November election have added their names to the agenda for the upcoming Libertarian Candidate Forum. They include non-partisan candidates for Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem of the city of Manistee. The Forum is hosted by the Northwest Libertarians.

The public is invited to this event. It will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm at the Days' Inn Manistee, 1462 Manistee Highway in Manistee.

Candidates will be invited to speak for 5-10 minutes, regarding their reason for running and what they feel the most important issue is for northern Michigan.

Who will be speaking?

More information on the speakers is below. In addition to the candidates for Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, those in attendance will include Libertarian candidates for Governor, Secretary of State, Manistee County Commissioner, Arcadia Township Supervisor, and MSU Board of Trustees.

Bill Gelineau, who is the Libertarian candidate for Governor, will come from Grand Rapids. He recently won the "first ever" Libertarian primary for governor. See Bill Gelineau's campaign website.

Gregory Stempfle is coming from the Detroit area, and is the Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State. Click here for more information about Greg.

Local Libertarian candidate David Holmer has a good chance of becoming Manistee County Commissioner. See David's Facebook

Robert Clark is a Libertarian running for Township Supervisor in Arcadia. Robert is a licensed builder and Master Excavator. He runs Arcadia Valley Enterprises.

Also attending will be Tim Orzchowski, Libertarian candidate for MSU Board of Trustees.

Local non-partisan candidates include City of Manistee Mayor James Smith, his opponent Michael Szymanski, and Mayor Pro-Tem Roger Zeilinski.

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Scotty Boman Petitions For Recount In Detroit. Alleges "Irregular" Ballots


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 - Civilian-oversight activist (and Board of Education Candidate) Scotty Boman filed a petition requesting the recount of six precincts in a challenge to City of Detroit Proposal R which calls for the Revision of the city's Charter. According to a letter filed as part of the petition, "... there are witnesses who voted (on August 7th 2018) in the 2018 Primary Election from five of these precincts who received ballots which did not have the Detroit Charter Revision question, Proposal R, printed on them."

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Ellison Arrested Again, Issued Restraining Order

By Scotty Boman

Editor's note: This article concerns a Libertarian candidate who was nominated through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan candidate without endorsing the candidate's views.

Royal Oak, MI - On the morning of August 23rd Eighth District Congressional Candidate Brian Ellison was arrested the second time for protesting this year's homicides in Royal Oak, both of which were carried out by police officers. The most recent protest was at the "I Dig Royal Oak" event at the site where the City of Royal Oak plans to build its new City Hall and Police Headquarters. Ellison was holding a sign that read "Free Parking for Corrigan" A reference to Police Chief Corrigan's failure to pay a large number of parking tickets.

Brian Ellison recorded part of the protest and arrest, and handed his video camera (or phone) to fellow protesters [ ]. The officers took his sign, arrested him, and confiscated his side-arm. The arresting officer who first challenged Ellison's right to protest was Al Carter, but another officer's name was on the citation. Ellison redacted the other name before publishing an image of the ticket. He said that he did so because he thought it was unfair to embarrass an officer that didn't do anything to him.

The charge was disorderly conduct, but the citation read...


He was released in less than 24 hours under some unusual conditions.

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Bill Gelineau Announces His Preference For Running Mate

The content of this article is copied from from a News Release and posting by the Bill Gelineau Campaign.

Grand Rapids, MI - Bill Gelineau, winner of the August 7th primary for the Libertarian Party for the office of Governor, has announced his choice for Lieutenant Governor to be considered at the State Convention of the Party in Romulus this Saturday, August 25th.

Auburn Hills Attorney and Businesswoman Angelique Chaiser Thomas joins the historic effort of the Libertarian Party. The libertarian party of Michigan attained legal Major Party status in the state of Michigan for the first time in state history. Ms. Thomas, 41, has the support of her husband Michael and two children in her first effort for elective office.

"Angelique brings a strong desire for justice together with a keen understanding of the principles of freedom", said Gelineau. "Clearly, our effort to reach new audiences and build our campaign could not have done better."

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Bill Gelineau Wins Historic Libertarian Gubernatorial Primary

Lansing, MI - Bill Gelineau is the winner of Michigan's historic Libertarian primary election. Bill Gelineau won with 58.02% (3,952 votes) over John Tatar who earned 41.98% (2,860 votes). The results conclude a gubernatorial primary season of vigorous campaigning in which the Libertarians received unprecedented, though not quite equal, media coverage.

In proclaiming victory, Gelineau said,

I'm really honored to have a chance to carry the banner of liberty on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Mr. Tatar and I conducted a series of civil and thoughtful debates about policies that affect Michigan. Together, we were able to begin breaking down barriers in the media, provide practical and principled perspectives, and give voters yearning for a freedom-oriented message of hope.

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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. 
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus.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.

September 4, 2018 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Theo and Stacy's, 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg at

September 5, 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

September 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

September 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

September 8, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County outreach booth at the Dally In The Alley. Volunteers needed!
Please click here to read the article about this event
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email

September 7-15, 2018 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan outreach booth at the Allegan County Fair. Volunteers needed!
Please click here to read the article about this event
For more information, Mary Buzuma (757) 748-5606 (cell) or email

September 12, 2018 - Public Forum for Upcoming Election, 6:30 PM
Please click here to read the article about this event
Days' Inn Manistee, 1462 Manistee Highway in Manistee
For more information, contact Donna Gundle-Krieg at

September 12, 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

September 16, 2018 - Straits Area Libertarian Party (SALP), 5:00 PM
Greg Stempfle, the Libertarian candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, will be visiting the Cheboygan area.
The regular meeting will follow his presentation.
Great Lakes Grill at 817 E State St. Cheboygan, MI 49721. 
Contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email For Updates visit:

September 16, 2018 - Capital Area Affiliate monthly meeting, 7:00 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.

September 19, 2018 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Convention, 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM meeting,
We have returned to Shield's Pizza! 1476 W Maple Rd. Troy, MI
For more information contact County Chair Greg Stempfle at (313) 929-1789 or

September 19, 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
Special Presentation: "Why you need Crypto-money and how to get some" which will be delivered by 65th District State Rep. candidate, Jason Rees.Please click here to read the article about this event
For more information contact Norman Peterson (269) 330-2980. JHLP Website:

September 23, 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


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