I want to bring you up to date on what the Libertarian Party of California is doing these days.I am pleased to announce the appointment of an Executive Director of the LPC. I look forward to her assisting me and other party leaders in promoting and growing the LP throughout California.
Campaign 2016 is coming up. There haven’t been very many Libertarian candidates in California over the last two election cycles, but we expect to change that this time. The Top Two voting system makes matters difficult for the LP, but we can’t let that stop us from promoting our party and our views to the voters.
Voters will get to select a U. S. Senator, 53 U. S. House members, 20 State Senators (the odd seats), and 80 State Assembly members. Of course, our candidates for President and Vice-President will automatically be on the ballot in California. If you are interested in running for office, or in helping on someone else’s campaign, let me know and we can talk about it. You will also be hearing from our fundraising department, which will be seeking contributions to help our candidates in their 2016 campaign efforts.
There are also a number of ballot propositions that voters will consider in 2016. The LPC has endorsed the referendum to overturn SB277, the mandatory vaccination bill recently signed by Gov. Brown. Petitions are circulating now. Libertarians are neither pro-vaccination nor anti-vaccination, but are strongly in favor of health care choice and health freedom.
The LPC has also endorsed the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI), one of several marijuana measures likely to circulate soon. Our own Judge Jim Gray, 2012 Vice Presidential candidate, is working on this issue and will likely be leading the effort on another of the proposed marijuana measures. Stay tuned for more information.
One of our Executive Committee members has resigned and the committee will soon be selecting a replacement. We have two qualified alternates, but if you’re interested in seeking the position (or an “alternate” position), you need to ask an ExCom member to nominate you.
I am also looking for five members to serve on the Program Committee. This committee will prepare a 5-point party program for the 2016 election, as called for in our bylaws. Let me know if that’s something you would like to do!
If your membership has expired, I urge you to renew your membership, or better yet, become a monthly pledger to help support our ongoing party projects. To do so, please go to: http://ca.lp.org/join
As always, I seek your input as to what we should or should not be doing. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org