A message from our State Chair: Now that we are officially done with 2020, I wanted to take a look back. Although the year was very difficult for many, there were also many positives. I try to look on the brighter side of life, so I wanted to share with you some lowlights, but more importantly, many of the highlights of 2020 and what’s to come in 2021 for the Libertarian Party of California (LPC). But let’s start with what’s coming and what we have to look forward to!
Many of our LP county organizations, as well as the LPC, are getting more involved in ending the state lock-downs. We will keep you posted on when and where these events will be held!
Our 2021 Convention will be held in Visalia over the weekend of May 14-16. We have already confirmed that both Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen will be speaking, and additional speakers will be announced soon. Through the end of January you can get our early bird pricing at https://ca.lp.org/convention/.
There are several special elections this year, and of course the 2022 midterm elections will be here before you know it. We could really use your help to ensure we have many more elected Libertarians. If you're interested in running for office please send an email to [email protected]. If you aren't running, your financial support will be vital for those who are. You can give at https://www.candidate.fund/, and setting up a recurring donation of as little as $5/month there is easy and will mean so much! And now for a look back at 2020.
2020 started out pretty great, and seemed to be filled with tremendous opportunity. Coming out of a record-breaking year for the state party, we held our Convention over Valentine’s Day weekend in Los Angeles and had one of the most successful and well-attended events in the party’s history. We also, for the first time in many years, not only filled our delegation for the National Libertarian convention, but had a full slate of alternates! Most all of our Presidential nominee hopefuls were in attendance and we held a professional debate that was watched across the country. We were also able to raise a substantial amount of money at the Convention that allowed us to help many of our candidates, including our presidential ticket, during the election season.
In March, as you all know, the nation shut down in response to the novel corona virus pandemic. Covid-19, or more specifically the government’s response, has wreaked havoc in our country, and especially in California. At the beginning of 2020 the LPC endorsed the effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom that has gained momentum thanks to his overreactions to the pandemic, and many of our counties have held events to get signatures! If you haven't already signed the petition you can download one at https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/.
Due to the pandemic and government responses to it, the Libertarian National Convention originally scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in Austin, TX was cancelled. Despite these difficulties we were able to get our candidates nominated on schedule, and were still able to hold an in-person convention!
An online nominating caucus was conducted over that original weekend in May, resulting in the nomination of Dr. Jo Jorgensen for President and Spike Cohen for Vice President. Then in July the National convention was held in Orlando, Florida, where the delegates voted to allow remote participation and ratified the nominations of Jo and Spike. This hybrid convention was a huge success. I am especially proud, as a Libertarian, that over 400 of us gathered in Orlando from all around the country and not one attendee tested positive for Covid-19 or got sick! It just goes to show that with voluntary cooperation we can all gather safely, following appropriate guidelines, and prevent virus transmission!
Over the summer and fall all focus was on the elections, and California had many wins! There were several events in California for Jo and Spike, and all were huge successes! Due to this, Libertarian Party voter registration is at the highest level in history, with almost 200,000 registered Libertarians in California -- a 14% increase in just one year and a 32% increase since the end of 2018. Our state party membership is also at an all-time high and continues to grow daily!
All of this brought us to the November elections, and California had MANY wins! Although Jo and Spike didn’t win, they had the second highest results for a presidential ticket, in every matrix, in the party’s history.
Here in California we knocked it out of the park! Nationally 27 Libertarians were elected, and seven of those wins happened right here! Kalish Morrow won her seat on the Hanford City Council with 42.5% in a three-way race, winning against the incumbent! The day after the election, Councilman Francisco Ramirez changed his voter registration to Libertarian after working with Kalish, and on the night Kalish was sworn in, Francisco was elected Mayor! Wendy Hewitt won one of three at-large seats in Calimesa, running against the three incumbents, coming in with the highest vote total. Other wins were Bob Karwin, Menifee City Council; Mike Frost, Dana Point City Council; and Brian Holtz and Kate O’Brien were re-elected to their seats on the Purissima Hills Water District Board and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, respectively. And finally, Ryan Kelley, Imperial County Supervisor, ran unopposed and was re-elected to his seat in March.
Last, but not least, I’m excited to announce that at the December LPC Executive Committee Meeting, Tim Ferreira was appointed as the Party’s interim Executive Director! We are very fortunate to have someone with so much enthusiasm and expertise becoming such an important part of the LPC team!
So in looking back, although 2020 held many challenges, it was a good year for the party, and I’m looking forward to what 2021 will bring!
Yours in Liberty,
Mimi Robson, Chairperson, LPC
The Libertarian National Committee is soliciting applications for the Information Services Committee. The IS Committee shall:
• Work with staff and state chairs to identify the Information Technology (IT) needs of the LP;
• Discuss with staff and state chairs the anticipated IT needs and how to meet those needs;
• Survey the list of possible vendors and solutions to those needs and reduce the list to a small number;
• Recommend, by the LNC meeting following the convention, an implementation of the IT tools that will best satisfy those needs within the budgetary constraints of the Party;
• Monitor progress in the transition and implementation of any IT solutions pertaining to LPHQ;
• Monitor progress in the transition and implementation of any IT solutions pertaining to relations with the various affiliates; and
• Propose standards for transfer of data between LPHQ and the affiliates.
In order to apply, please fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/Epr8MwJ2EiYemPH38 The deadline to submit applications is January 10, 2020. If you are applying for more than one committee, please submit separate applications for each position sought. Thank you very much for your consideration.. If you have any questions at all, please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 561.523.2250.
Caryn Ann Harlos, LNC Secretary
An announcement from our national office that will be of interest to anyone considering running for office:
The year 2021 will be an exciting one for your Libertarian Party! With one of the most successful electoral and fundraising years serving as prologue, we plan to keep the momentum going. One of the several plans for capitalizing on our growth this year will be a ramp-up of the training of Libertarian candidates, staff, and state officers all over the country and at all levels of the Libertarian Party.
Spearheaded by Candidate Recruitment associate and sitting Burnsville, Minnesota city councilmember Cara Schulz, the program will be an intensive, introductory course held largely online on weekends to familiarize Libertarian candidates and staff with the basic elements of running a political campaign.
Among the several areas to be covered in this valuable training are campaign management and leadership, campaign planning and strategy, and fundraising. Students of the course who approach it with no prior knowledge of campaigning will come away from it understanding how successful candidates plan and execute their campaigns with effective communication and proper staff and resource management.
In addition to classes for candidates, Cara will conduct a leadership program targeted at party leaders at the affiliate level. Running concurrently with the candidate training above, state party officers will be offered courses in the tasks of their positions as well as participating with the candidates in their training in classes relevant to both situations. In addition, the program will allow state officers to meet and mingle with officers in other states to network and share ideas.
This valuable training has already been utilized in two of the LNC’s regions, instructing candidates on topics such as fundraising, volunteer recruitment and retention, and training on our relationship management system. Watch for upcoming training dates or visit www.lp.org
The Libertarian National Committee is soliciting applications for the following committees:
Audit Committee: The Audit Committee selects an independent audit company and directs the scale and scope of standard annual audits of the Party’s accounting records and processes. After receipt of the report, the Committee helps the LNC interpret the audit results and preparing any needed action plans.
Awards Committee: The Awards Committee is the primary point committee for Convention Awards. The Committee sets the budget, manages the nomination process, selects the award winners, secures the awards, and present the Convention Awards at the Convention.
Candidate Support Committee: The Candidate Support Committee develops and makes available to Libertarian Party candidates for public office applications for LNC financial support based on current standards approved by the LNC. The Committee also assists in developing candidate training.
In order to apply, please fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/Epr8MwJ2EiYemPH38
If you are applying for more than one committee, please submit separate applications for each position sought.
Thank you very much for your consideration of these opportunities. If you have any questions at all, please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 561.523.2250.
Caryn Ann Harlos, LNC Secretary
Stay tuned for the Executive Committee Election Meeting in late January next year. Details for time and place are forthcoming although it is likely we will be forced to have a Zoom meeting. This meeting is the time to throw your hat in the ring for an ExCom position, whether it be as an officer (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer) or as a Committee Chair for the various functions of our county group. We will also be finalizing an amendment to our LPVC constitution regarding out of state membership. Please plan on attending and speak up if you would like to try for an active position. The LPVC needs you!
Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen for POTUS and VP
Nationwide 1.18% with 1,850,843 votes.
Statewide 1.1% with 185,787 votes.
Countywide 1.2% with 5047 votes.*
Aaron Starr for Oxnard City Council: 32% with 3439 votes, 2nd place in 3-way race.
Kate O'Brien for Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District: 20% with 31,579 votes, #1 in 6-way race.**
James Aragon for Oxnard Treasurer: 37% with 22,975 votes, 2nd place in 2-way race.
Maria Soosai for Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council: 29% with 3219 votes, third in 3-way race.
*Exceeded LP voter registrations of 4765!
**CONGRATULATIONS to Kate on her RE-ELECTION!
THANK YOU to all our Libertarians who ran for office!
California State Chair Mimi Robson has initiated a project to learn how we can better "market our brand." After almost 50 years the public is still generally unaware of our existence. How discouraging! But now WE can participate in marketing research aimed to change all that. Read her message and sign up to be interviewed to share your ideas on what YOU think the problem is and/or what YOU think we can do about it.
"It’s easy to text bank for Jo Jorgensen.
We’re reaching literally thousands of voters every week, letting them know about the third option on every ballot: Dr. Jo. We can reach tens of thousands more with your help! (And don’t worry, you don’t have to use your personal phone number.) Top Text Bankers every Tuesday and Thursday will receive a very special limited edition prize from the national campaign, plus special recognition for your hard work."