In 2016, like many Americans, my frustration with government and politics hit a boiling point. In the summer of 2016 during the campaigning of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I joined the Libertarian Party. I supported the Gary Johnson campaign and worked for our local party as media chairman. In January 2017, I was elected Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Ventura County.
My preference for libertarianism has roots in my business and life experiences. After returning from 2 years abroad in Bolivia volunteering for my church, I graduated from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (minor Latin American Studies). I continued working on my Spanish language skills there through the required upper level Spanish courses. My first career out of college was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as a Spanish “Contract Linguist”. I began there only months before September 11, 2001. For the next 8 years, I worked in this capacity translating target content for agents and prosecutors. I worked on cases in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Chicago.
In 2002, I started my first business – Muse Music. If you’ve seen the movie Footloose, then you can understand the circumstances that led to me starting this business. Provo’s only live music venue quit allowing live music events due to a “dance hall ordinance” that restricted such events. My first sense of libertarianism began here because my purpose was partly to oppose government regulation, but in a legal way. I found a loophole in the law that allowed live music as an incidental business, so I started Muse Music as a used vinyl record store with a buy-sell-trade business model and live music at night. The business became so successful that I was able to use the income to buy my first commercial real estate 2 doors down, to where I relocated the business.
In 2012, I began a part time law school program to expand my knowledge for business and real estate purposes in addition to personal interest. When I enrolled with Southwestern in 2003, I had planned to be a full time practicing attorney. While that plan may still develop, I never plan to work for a firm or to work only in a specific legal practice area like many attorneys. I will continue my real estate business, and improve my level of service to that business and clientele through my knowledge of the law. I will take the California Bar in October 2017. Afterward, I will continue to work full time as a real estate broker.
Please look for me at city and county meetings all over, and say hi! I’d like to know if you, or any Libertarian you know is willing to run for political office (and win). Contact me through this site, or more directly through my personal site, ChuckHAMM.com