[announce] Missouri LP 2009 Convention Wrap-Up
Official Missouri Libertarian Party Announcements
announce at lpmo.org
Mon Aug 10 18:08:11 CDT 2009
The 2009 Convention took place in Jefferson City in April. The primary focus of
the Convention was activist education in the areas of public relations,
outreach, and campaigning. General sessions and numerous breakout sessions
focused on different areas of outreach. Some of the featured speakers included:
* Gary Nolan, host of The Drive with Gary Nolan on The Eagle 93.9FM in Columbia.
* Mark Rutherford, Chairman, Atlas!Liberty PAC and former Indiana LP State Chair.
* Michael Jingozian, Libertarian National Committee Vice-Chair
* Austin Petersen, National LP Volunteer Coordinator and a Missouri native.
Mike Jingozian gave a great talk which involved “role playing” a one-on-one
conversation about libertarianism with a relative, friend or acquaintance. He
provided some great responses to those tough questions.
Earlier this year, an Indianapolis City Councilman left the Republican Party to
join the LP. Mark Rutherford discussed how the Indiana LP had made it an
objective to get involved in local politics in a consistent and ongoing manner.
He discussed how they have someone attend nearly every City Council meeting to
be seen as real, reasonable people. He also noted that they volunteer for
various appointments and tasks and regularly issue statements and commentary.
Through consistent action over a period of time, they have succeeded in
becoming part of the political process. Because of the familiarity established
by the Indiana LP over the last few years, when At-Large Councilman Ed Coleman,
with nearly 800,000 constituents, became disillusioned with the Republican
Party, he felt comfortable joining the LP. Every journey starts with the first
step. This is a great example of how local, consistent action pays off. They
say 80% of politics is showing up, so now is the time to get involved at the
New Officers Elected:
The Missouri Libertarian Party elected new officers at the State Committee
meeting held April 18th during the State Convention.
Glenn Nielsen of Columbia was elected Chair. On his election to a second term,
Nielsen stated: "There is growing dissatisfaction with where the Democrats and
Republicans have led this country. Bailouts, unprecedented government spending
and political profiling in the recent Missouri Information Analysis Center
report. Now, more than ever, Missourians need to hear the libertarian message
of individual liberty, free markets and peace."
Cisse Spragins of Kansas City was re-elected Vice Chair. Dr. Spragins is the
founder, owner and CEO of a small manufacturing business in Kansas City. Upon
re-election, Dr. Spragins stated "It is a pleasure to continue to serve the
Party truly committed to liberty. Now more than ever, voters need a choice and
it is our responsibility to work to get worthwhile candidates on the ballot."
Barry Albin of Kansas City was elected Secretary, replacing outgoing Secretary
John Schultz of Columbia. On his election as Secretary Albin stated "I hope to
bring the same degree of professionalism to this office that I have
demonstrated as a lawyer for the past 36 years. I see this position as one of
servant to the State Committee and the Party and will work to improve the
internal strength of the Party throughout my tenure."
Outgoing Secretary John Schultz was the 2008 winner of the Missouri Libertarian
Party's highest award, the Karl Wetzel Award. Thanking Schultz, Nielsen stated
"John did a great job as Secretary and I am pleased to see he will continue as
a member of the Executive Committee and as Boone County Libertarian Party
Paula Benski of Chesterfield was re-elected Treasurer. Upon re-election, Paula
Benski stated, "It has been a pleasure to work with such a high caliber of
people as those in the Missouri Libertarian Party. I look forward to continuing
to work with everyone in the Party to advance the cause of liberty in our
state. We have proven that we can broker positive change."
Libertarians won two of five local elections in April. Robert Stephens was
elected to the Springfield City Council. Mike Ferguson was elected to the
Grandview City Council.
The Springfield race was particularly noteworthy. For Springfield City Council
seats, there is first a primary and then a run-off between the top two
finishers in the primary. In what was perhaps a first in LP history, of the
five primary contestants, the top two finishers were Libertarian Tom Martz and
Libertarian Robert Stephens. The two Libertarians faced off against each other
in the run-off. The Springfield voters’ obvious comfort with Libertarians is no
doubt due the excellent job Libertarian Doug Burlison has done since being
elected to the Springfield City Council in 2007.
The newly elected Libertarians join Mike Bozarth who was elected to the St.
Joseph City Council in 2006, Joel Stoner who was elected Mayor of Macks Creek
in 2007, and as noted, Doug Burlison who was elected to the Springfield City
Council in 2007.
The Elected Libertarian Panel at the Convention featured Mike Bozarth, Doug
Burlison and Mike Ferguson sharing their experiences and offering their words
of wisdom. Doug Burlison noted that his several runs for public office prior to
his successful run for City Council were instrumental in building his name
recognition and “political credentials”. Ultimately, he says, actions speak
louder than words. His demand for an audit of the Springfield City budget,
which uncovered several problems and received quite a lot of press ultimately
pushed him over the edge.
Mike Bozarth noted that he knocked on over 1500 doors and feels that
face-to-face contact is key in local races. He also noted that getting involved
is important and he made it a point to attend and participate in the meetings
of the largest neighborhood association in his district. Mike Ferguson used the
recognition he received in running for Lieutenant Governor in 2004 to get
appointed to a local commission in his town and from there moved into elected
positions by executing a strategy of specifically targeting likely voters.
If you missed the Convention, you can view videos of Michael Jingozian’s talk,
Austin Peterson’s talk and the Elected Libertarian panel on the Missouri LP You
Tube Channel at http://youtube.com/MissouriLP .
Original article with pictures and links to videos at:
More information about the announce