March 2023

Volume 52:03

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Brian Richard Wright (Founding Libertarian) Dead at 73

Kevin Kangas , Matt Karshis and Brian Wright at the Oakland County Libertarian's Christmas Party in 12/2017.
(Diane Szabla has her back to us. The Szablas were very gracious hosts). Photo by Claranna Gelineau.
Kevin Kangas , Matt Karshis and Brian Wright at the Oakland County Libertarian's Christmas Party in 12/2017. (Diane Szabla has her back to us. The Szablas were very gracious hosts). Photo by Claranna Gelineau.

Michigan – On February 1st, the liberty movement lost a devoted writer, activist, philosopher and leader. Brian R. Wright succumbed to Kidney disease; a disease had previously claimed his mother. Also his brother and father had passed away in their early 50’s. He is survived by his former wife, and long-time friend Rose Wright. He is also survived by his close friends Randy and Diane Szabla along with many others.

Brian Wright
Brian Wright

Brian was a creative writer who authored dozens of books on philosophy and alternative political thought. He spent several years as a Webmaster and Newsletter Editor with the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Long-time member Jerry Bloom commented, "He was a good guy and will be missed" He has been a liberty activist most of his life and was a founding member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. He is the author of several books. While his deteriorating health took a toll on his intrepid commentary, his blog and website are still up for now:


Brian Wright’s Early Life

Born in Kalamazoo Michigan in 1949, he grew up near Kansas City, and later his family moved to Oklahoma City. He discovered seminal libertarian writings, in a bookmobile, which inspired him to join Barry Goldwater’s 1964 Presidential campaign. Around 1968 he moved to Detroit and earned his BSME from Wayne State University around 1971, at which point he became a passionate voice for Ayn Rand’s artistic vision of heroic individualism.

Brian Helping to Build a New Party

Brian was a founding member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. As part of the “The Libertarian Party of Michigan Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Project,” He wrote about his involvement in the 1971, when the Libertarian Party was formed. There were a couple different gatherings that year.  The most frequently referenced event was a party, that Summer, in Taylor Michigan at the home of Katheryn Augustin and Pete McAlpine. Brian was there, and he was also at Oak Park the home of Sam Harris. Randy Szabla recalls seeing him there along with Johnny and Diane Garner. He recalls that, “there were very few people at the Oak Park meeting where people were excited about starting the party.” Katheryn Augustin described him as a

… lifelong advocate for freedom--political, economic and personal.  Supporter of like-minded persons ( both in and outside the party).  Searching for answers to liberate everyone from the elite, and power control freaks.  A tireless writer and communicator.
His friend and former wife Rose Wright noted,
I mourn and will miss him forever.  (besides my father)  Brian was the most honest man I’ve ever known, passionately dedicated to the cause of liberty above all else.

Early and Recent Newsletter Editor

He was Editor of the Michigan Libertarian from 1979 through 1981. Then he became state Chair from 1982 to 1984. Then he stepped up to Edit the Newsletter, again, in 2009 where he and out-going editor Greg Stempfle over-saw and facilitated the transition from a hard-copy to virtual Newsletter format. This work also ended the need for the separate publication of LPMOnline, which was created by the late Greg Dirasian. Brian continued producing, and often writing for, the virtual version of the Michigan Libertarian through 2013, when he stepped down from that roll.

Brian R. Wright
Brian R. Wright

Long-time Webmaster

Since 2004, Brian looked at other options for achieving liberty in our time, including participation in the Free State Project. In 2008 he returned to Michigan and stepped up to the task of further developing a new website.

Brian served as Webmaster before and during his service as Newsletter Editor.  After the departure of Greg Dirasian, who had designed the earlier lpmich.org website, the Party needed to develop an all new website in 2007.  Brian served as Webmaster for the Sharepoint based website, then in 2013 he and Scotty Boman transferred all of the legacy content into a Wordpress site.  This was the last time such a large migration of content was initiated; the site created in 2013 now serves as the platform of the Libertarian Party of Michigan Historical Archives.

Political Campaigns

Brian ran for office at least 8 times under the Libertarian banner. I n 1982 and 1986 he ran for Secretary of State. In 1980 and 1982 he was a United States House of Representatives candidate. He ran to serve in the Michigan House in 1984.

In 1994 and 2014 he was a candidate for the Board of governors at his Alma Mater, Wayne State University. Then he ran, again, to represent District 38 in the State House in 2018.

Planning for Life After Life

Brian made plans for the end of his life.  At one time he was a member of the Cryonics Institute, however he later decided to live on through others. He wanted for himself the same arrangement he made a decade earlier for his mom at Farmington Hills Generations, where following cremation he instead opted to hold a later private memorial service for her.

Rose Wright said,

In terms of an ‘afterlife’ he always admired his dad for donating his body to the Michigan State University  Medical School. So he too offered whatever organs might benefit future users, in his case The Gift of Life asked only for his eyes.  He'd have loved the symbolism. More sentimentally, he got surprising comfort from my oft repeated metaphor "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."

Those who wish to honor Brian can donate to Gift of Life here:  https://giftoflifemichigan.org/become-a-donor

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Email to Members from the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Michigan

Letter from Chair Joe Brungardt explains restoration of the post-July 9 elected LEC.

Sent: 02/02/2023 8:51 AM EST

Dear Members,

I am sure many of you have become aware of the LPM Executive Committee meeting that took place the evening of January 31, 2023. The reason this meeting took place is because many of the officers elected on July 9, 2022 learned that our party has recently been operating in a manner that is inappropriate given our status as a Michigan Nonprofit Corporation. The resultant actions that took place after the Judicial Committee released its report regarding Mr. Chadderdon's appeal of the July 9 Convention, have been found to be unauthorized, and void.

This obviously lends itself to confusion and difficulty as we navigate through the decisions that must be made to rectify the actions that followed the Judicial Committee’s decision.

There are several questions at hand. This letter hopes to address each of those questions.

  1. Why were the actions taken by certain members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan following the Judicial Committee decision?

Certainly, many asked the question, “What does the Judicial Committee report mean?” While some took it to mean that the board of the Libertarian Party of Michigan was reverted to its form before the July 9th Convention, there are two main issues with that.

First, the Libertarian Party of Michigan is a membership organization, and it is not possible for a committee to remove a member of its board that was elected by vote of the members. There is not authorization in our bylaws for that. There is no authorization within Robert’s Rules of Order to accomplish that. And perhaps most importantly, the Nonprofit Corporation Act 162 of 1982 specifically authorizes only the members to have the authority to remove a member of the board that was elected by the members. The Act does allow bylaws to specify other methods, but our bylaws do not provide authority to any Committee to remove member-elected board members.

Second, the Libertarian Party of Michigan has never authorized the Judicial Committee or any other committee to overrule the actions of its members as represented by its delegates at convention. The members of this party have the ultimate authority, and that authority is vested in its delegates to all Conventions of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

Therefore, we are now taking actions to rectify the inappropriate, and unauthorized actions of certain members that took place following the Judicial Committee report.

  1. What was the appropriate action following the Judicial Committee report?

What should have occurred, following the Judicial Committee report, would have been for the Executive Committee to call a Special Convention, for the purpose of allowing the members to act on the Judicial Committee report. Given the confusion surrounding the Judicial Committee’s report, we did not call an Executive Committee meeting to take this action because unfortunately, we didn’t properly understand our responsibilities. After seeking legal counsel, and the advice of many long-standing members in the party to understand further the precedence, we now understand what the appropriate action would have been.

    udicial Committee report?

The impact of the Judicial Committee report is to the offer guidance to the Executive Committee and members on how to proceed to better align with the bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Michigan per their interpretation and reporting on specific cases.

Since the Judicial Committee report ruled that the bylaws were violated at the convention in July, it would be incumbent upon the Executive Committee to seek the rectify such violations in a manner that preserves the integrity of the party, allows the members to assert their rights, and maintains the appropriate functioning of the party until any bylaw violations can be appropriately rectified.

However, the Judicial Committee has no authority to overrule the delegates of a convention body. Therefore, should the Executive Committee believe that the Judicial Committee is overstepping its authority, it is incumbent upon the Executive Committee to assert the rights of its members in opposition to the Judicial Committee if necessary.

  1. What proof do you have that this is the legally correct action of the party?

In addition to being the state affiliate of the Libertarian Party in Michigan, the LPM is also incorporated as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of Michigan and is bound by the laws governing such organizations. The members of the LPM Executive Committee are legally the directors of the corporation. Only the directors of the corporation can act on behalf of the corporation. Members of the Judicial Committee are not directors of the corporation.

According to the Michigan NONPROFIT CORPORATION ACT 162 of 1982, the Judicial Committee does not have the authority to remove an officer elected by the members of the organization.

450.2535 Removal of officer; suspension of authority to act; contract rights; resignation of officer; notice. Sec. 535. (1) An officer elected or appointed by the board may be removed by the board with or without cause. An officer elected by the shareholders or members may be removed, with or without cause, only by vote of the shareholders or members. The authority of the officer to act as an officer may be suspended by the board for cause.

  1. How do we move forward as a party to a unite and fight for liberty in our lifetime?

The Executive Committee has, as prescribed in our bylaws, authorized and issued a Call to our Regular Convention for April 1, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 633 North Canal Road in Lansing, MI for party members to elect all officers and choose the party's direction. A call was sent for volunteers for a bylaws committee that will address issues in our bylaws that have left the LPM open to the conflicts that we have seen over the past several months. The LPM is committed to fully supporting the efforts underway by several dedicated volunteers targeting opportunities and recruiting Libertarian candidates to win local elections in 2023.

We request that all parties respect the right and authority of the members of the LPM to proceed with the convention on April 1 in Lansing to decide on the leadership and the business of the party.

  1. Who are the members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee?

Chair - Joe Brungardt

First Vice Chair - Mike Saliba

Second Vice Chair - Mary Buzuma

Secretary - Daniel Ziemba

Treasurer - Vacant

District 1 - Ryan Roberts

District 2 - Vacant

District 3 - Jordan Martin

District 4 - Rick Thelen

District 5 - Dave Canny

District 6 - Rafael Wolf

District 7 - Brian Ellison

District 8 - Jon Elgas

District 9 - Greg Stempfle

District 10 - Kyle McCauley

District 11 - Bruce Jaquays

District 12 - Daniel Muehl-Miller

District 13 - Jami Van Alstine

District 14 - Scotty Boman

  1. If I have concerns, who should I speak with?

If you have concerns, I encourage you to speak with your District Representative. You are certainly welcome to reach out to any member of the board, but your District Representative is responsible for taking up your concerns and speaking on your behalf to the board at any of its meetings.

Thank you for being a member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. And look to upcoming announcements and information as it relates to the discoveries outlined here, and the appropriate actions to be taken looking forward.


Joe Brungardt


Libertarian Party of Michigan

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Joe Brungardt (Resigned). contact
First Vice Chair: Mike Saliba (Serving as Chair). vcaffiliates@michiganlp.net
Second Vice Chair: Mary Buzuma. Contact
Secretary: Daniel Ziemba (Greg Stempfle serving in his absense). Contact
Treasurer: Norm Peterson (Resigned-Duties assumed by Angela Thornton Canny). Contact
District 1 Rep: Ryan Roberts. Contact
District 2 Rep: Andrew Hall. Contact
District 3 Rep: Jordan Martin. Contact
District 4 Rep: Rich Theelon. Contact
District 5 Rep: David Canny. Contact
District 6 Rep: Rafael Wolf. Contact
District 7 Rep: Brian Ellison. Contact
District 8 Rep: Jon Elgas. Contact
District 9 Rep: Greg Stempfle. Contact
District 10 Rep: Kyle McCauley. Contact
District 11 Rep: Bruce Jacquays. Contact
District 12 Rep: Daniel Muehl-Miller. Contact
District 13 Rep: Jami Van Alstine. Contact
District 14 Rep: Scotty Boman. Contact

Judicial Committee Members

Connor Nepomuceno.
Robert Roddis.
Joshua Smith.


Webmaster: Mark King. Webmaster@michiganlp.net
Communications Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.net
Historical Committee Chair: Emily Salvette esalvette@gmail.com

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, capitalarealp@gmail.com
Genesee County: Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Huron-Raisin: Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, MichLibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Isabella County (Affiliate Applicant): Stephanie Dunn, 989-572-4450, stephaniedunn111969@gmail.com
Lapeer County: Kyle McCauley, (248) 974-5085.
Livingston County: Chair Trevor Step, trevorstep@protonmail.com
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, MacombLP@mail.com
Northern Michigan: Chair Stephanie Dean (231) 620-5280
Political director Corey Dean phone (231) 590-8290 or email cory0269@yahoo.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, cjnepo1@gmail.com or call (508) 579-7878
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP
Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party: Chair Ryan Roberts, (906) 420-2995, UPLP.org. ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Chair Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com
West Michigan: Chair Mary Buzuma, mary.buzuma@att.net or call (757) 748-5606.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact local affiliate officers (see above listing) to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

The Michigan Libertarian recommends contacting an affiliate officer 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.

March 2, 2023 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting (Convention), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brewery Becker. 500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116.
The March agenda will include finalizing our delegate list for the convention on April 1.
We will be discussing When Will We Learn? by Harry Browne from September 12, 2001.
The war in Ukraine started 1 year ago. As U.S. involvement in the conflict continues to expand it may be wise to heed the warnings of past generations. You can read it here: When Will We Learn
For more information, contact Trevor Step, trevorstep@protonmail.com

March 4, 2023 - West Michigan Affiliate Convention, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Abacus Title and Escrow, 985 Parchment Drive, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
the LP of West Michigan is calling a convention of the members of the LPWM to select delegates to the state special convention.
For more information contact Mary Buzuma at (757) 748-5606, or email her at mary.buzuma@att.net.

March 5, 2023 - Lapeer County Bi-monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

March 7, 2023 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe' and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg email at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

March 8, 2023 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Monthly Meeting (Convention), 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Habib's Cuisine, 14316 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com

March 8, 2023 - Libertarian Party of Macomb County Monthly Meeting, Dinner 7:00 PM Business 8:00 PM
b.d.'s Mongolian grill. 1350 Hall Rd. Sterling Heights, MI. 48313.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Macomb County's website:
https://macomblp.org for updates.
Annual Convention in the "Warrior Room" at the same location 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at MacombLP@mail.com

March 9, 2023 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting/Convention, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wurst Bar, 705 West Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Come on down to watch, analyze, and discuss the election results.
Included will be a special convention to select any additional alternates to the convention on April 1st.
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

March 9, 2021 - Northern Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM
Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams. For login information contact Stephanie Dean at (231) 620-5280
For more information, contact Corey Dean at (231) 590-8290 or email him atcory0269@yahoo.com.

March 10, 2023 - FLINT’S SECOND FRIDAY ARTWALK: Libertarian Party of Genesee County All Affiliate Event, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
Meetup at Churchill's Food & Spirits. 340 S Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502. Organized by the Greater Flint Arts Council Public Relations Committee, this program is a collaboration between over 20 businesses and cultural organizations in downtown Flint. We coordinate open house receptions, free to the public to promote the diversity of gallery offerings in our downtown. Locations vary seasonally. ARTWALK takes place on the second Friday of every month, 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Maps are available at Greater Flint Arts Council. Parking is available throughout the downtown area.
To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

March 15, 2023 - Jackson-Hillsdale Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant. 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI
Contact Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net Guest Speaker: Mr. Mark B. Blocher, President/CEO, Christian Healthcare Centers.
Topic – Missional Medicine: A New Model of Healthcare Delivery.

March 15, 2023 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
B1 Tavern. 1967 Cass Lake Rd. Keego Harbor, MI 48320.
Business starts at 7:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com or call at (508) 579-7878

March 19, 2023 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery 4906 W Mount Hope Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917-9588
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

March 19, 2023 - Lapeer County Bi-monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

March 21, 2023 - Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 8:00 PM.
The UPLP will be holding this meeting by Zoom Teleconference. Please link to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81149694895
The Meeting ID is 811 4969 4895 and one can call (312) 626-6799, and enter the Meeting ID, to join.
Everyone interested in learning about the UPLP and the Libertarian Party is welcome to join.
If you would like to get involved please contact Ryan Roberts ryan_r03@hotmail.com, (906) 420-2995] or Joshua Jongema.cannyds@gmail.com. Affiliate email address: president@uplp.org

March 26, 2023 - Genesee County Affiliate Business Meeting & Convention, 5:00 PM.
Vic's Pit Stop. 5311 Corunna Rd., Flint, MI 48532 (on the back side of Ruggeros Restaurant).
In addition to our regular business, the February meeting will also include electing delegates to represent the affiliate at the April Convention. Plan on a one hour meeting with a full agenda.
To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

April 1, 2023 - Regular Convention, 9:00 AM.
Hilton Garden Inn at 633 North Canal Road in Lansing, Michigan
Registration page: https://michiganlp.net/convention-information

April 1, 2023 - Special Convention, 9:00 AM.
VFW Wixom Post 2269. 2652 Loon Lake Road. Wixom, MI 48393
Location phone (248) 624-9742.

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