May 2023

Volume 52:05

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Over 70 Delegates Elect LEC Patch Bylaws

Libertarians March to Defend Lives.
Libertarians March to Defend Lives.

Lansing, MI – On April 1st 72* Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Members attended their 2023 Regular Convention. This Convention was called by the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee (LEC) Chaired by Mike Saliba. The core functions of the convention were to Elect New Party Officers, consider amendments to the Bylaws, and to consider amendments to the Platform. All LEC officer terms end at Conventions that occur on odd-numbered years, and Bylaws may only be amended at Regular Conventions held on odd-numbered years. An additional item was to consider an investigation into alleged NDA violations, as was requested in a petition signed by over 10% of the membership.

Bylaws Fine-Tuned in Light of Recent Events

The Bylaws debate has become a routine biannual convention activity, however this year the bylaws took on a special significance in light of the on-going leadership conflict. Much of that conflict resulted from disagreements over ambiguities in the document.

One change was to explicitly identify state conventions on both odd and even numbered years to be regular, while continuing to have officer terms end on odd-numbered years. Bylaw amendments would continue to only be on odd numbered years.

Delegates Doing convention Business.
Delegates Doing convention Business.

Some other amendments clarified how vacancies were to be filled and by whom. This included having vacancies filled at regular conventions held on even numbered years and having the LEC fill vacancies between conventions. The bylaws also specified that notice of specific vacancies was no longer required. In 2022 the resignation of Chair and Vice Chair, shortly before the July 9th convention precipitated the current leadership crisis because the vacancies occurred too close to the convention to provide 60 days’ notice, of the vacancies to members.

The amendments also clarified the process for removing officers. As a non-profit corporation the Board (LEC in our case) can relieve an officer of duties, but not remove that person from office.  A convention body may remove officers, however. The new bylaws permit convention delegates to remove any officer by a majority vote of no confidence. Under the new bylaws, officers may remove themselves immediately by resignation, or by missing three consecutive meetings.

Under the new bylaws the LPM has no standing Judicial Committee, instead, the bylaws establish a process by which a judicial committee is established to adjudicate a specific dispute. Delegates also voted to extended the prior-membership requirement, for eligible convention delegates, from 30 to 60 days.

Delegates Elect New Officers

Delegates elect officers to two-year terms at regular conventions on odd-numbered years. Following the resignation of elected Chair Joe Brungardt, elected First Vice Chair Mike Saliba had taken on the roll of Chair. Delegates elected him to Chair the Libertarian Party for a full term by acclimation.

Rafael Wolfe and Mark King faced off for the First Vice Chair (Affiliate director) position. Wolfe won with 47 votes and King 18 delegates voted for King. NOTA received a vote too.

Delegates elected Greg Stempfle to be Second Vice Chair (Political Director) by acclimation.

Delegates elected Jami Van Alstine to be Secretary, and Angela Thornton to be Treasurer by acclimation.

District caucuses elected the following people to be District Representatives:

Officers officiating as delegates discuss bylaws.
Officers officiating as delegates discuss bylaws.

1st: Remains vacant
2nd: Jay Gillotte
3rd: Ari Abraham
4th: Andrew Duke
5th: Brian Ellison
6th: Mark King
7th: Lisa Lane Gioia
8th: Adam Childress
9th: Kyle McCauley
10th: Remains vacant
11th: Joe Brungardt
12th: Remains vacant
13th: Gregg Smith

For the first time in LPM history, delegates elected no Judicial Committee. Since Delegates amended the bylaws to replace the standing Judicial Committee with a process for appointing a temporary Judicial Committee on an as-needed basis.

Lansing Delegates Stand on One new Platform Plank & a Notable “No” Vote

Delegates Reject Anti-Bigotry Amendment

Contextual note: Thus far the author has focused on the outcome of the convention, with defeated motions being left out. However this vote was notable given that some people view the untimely resignations of leading officers, like former Chair Chair Tim Yow and former Vice First Chair Ben Borren, as being the spark that ignited the current leadership crisis. The replacement of a clause in the pre-2022 Libertarian National Committee (LNC) platform that read, “We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant.” Motivated those and other resignations. That change was a key agenda item promoted by the Mises Caucus (MC). The split in leadership is largely along MC and anti-MC lines with Lansing Convention Delegates being primarily from the anti-MC camp.

Jim Fulner is the only delegate to participate in both the Wixom Special Convention (Chaired by Andrew Chadderdon), and the Lansing Regular Convention (Chaired by Mike Saliba). He moved to amend the platform to add a sentence to Article I Section 6 that would read, “We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant.” The proposal failed by a voice vote.

That section currently reads,

We oppose any form of discrimination by government based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other group or individual identification. Each person has the same inalienable rights that the State has a duty to protect.

The debate was concluded with comments, against the amendment, from two Central figures in LPM history. They briefly came out of retirement for this convention. Tim O’Brien said,

I agree, personally, that I condemn racism as… , but what this party is concerned about what government does.  If somebody is a bigot, I think they’re irrational, but that’s not what we’re here about. We’re here about government, and government discrimination…

Brass Roots founder Jon Coon commented,

Frankly I would be very surprised if every libertarian in this room couldn’t find a view held that wasn’t repugnant. This isn’t about what we view as repugnant, but what we intend to do (or not do) about political or social activity… Personally I find racism and bigotry to be repugnant (Make no mistake about it), but if you show me a racist who is willing to take the oath and not implementing anything ( regarding that feeling that they have) in the political realm… then your about to strike me down , but I found an ally, and I think if you look inside, you would agree.
Tim and Nancy O'Brien, Scotty Boman, Renae & Jon Coon.
Tim and Nancy O'Brien, Scotty Boman, Renae & Jon Coon.

One Plank Added

Fulner introduced another plan that won support of the delegates. It read,

All software purchased or developed by state employees in the performance of their duties, or run on government owned machines, should be published under the GNU Public License, or a similarly freedom respecting Free Software license

Unity Resolutions Fail, Libertarians United on Guns

Both Scotty Boman and James Fulner introduced resolutions calling for unification of the LPM leadership. Both called on as many Lansing delegates as possible to attend the Regular Convention, which will likely be scheduled for a date in July by the Andrew-Chadderdon-Chaired board. Fulner’s resolution made jabs at the other faction, with a bit of tongue-in-cheek commentary. While Boman’s resolution may have drawn a majority of support, they both failed to meet the two-third super-majority requirement.

A different resolution, introduced by Max Riekse passed unanimously. It read,

Resolved that the Libertarian Party of Michigan go on the record condemning in the strongest possible terms the recently passed unconstitutional anti-gun laws by the Michigan State Legislature; these laws do not give Michigan citizens due process and go against the spirit and meaning of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Straw No Confidence Vote

Mike Saliba introduced a motion that had the effect of seeing how delegates would have voted had they been at the Special Convention being held in Wixom by the Andrew Chadderdon team. It read,

Whereas the petition to remove Andrew Chadderdon is no longer necessary, this body affirms they would have voted to remove him if given the opportunity to do so.

The motion passed with 58 delegates voting in favor, and 4 delegates voting against it. While the 58 votes solidly exceeded the attendance of the Wixom event, they would have fallen short of the two-thirds needed to remove him.

A Historical convention with Historical Personalities

Gregory Creswell and Jacob Hornberger.
Gregory Creswell and Jacob Hornberger.

The 2023 LPM convention was exceptionally well attended with 72 people registered, 75 total attendees and 71 total delegates. A few came out of their retirement from politics to participate in this convention at an existential time in LPM history. This included the re-appearance of the media-savvy Tim and Nancy O’Brien, as well as Brass Roots founder Jon Coon and his wife Renee.  Tim and Jon appear in this video:


at the 13 minute mark Coon calls out his establishment opponents saying, "Leadership is not division, it's unity... that's number one: Quit driving a wedge and do the things we all know will make a difference first.”

Another special moment was a visit from Future of Freedom Foundation founder Jacob Hornberger.  He is currently a candidate for President.  Other candidates were invited, but he was the only candidate available to attend.

Detailed minutes of the convention are available here:


Videos of the business meeting are here:


* 75 Libertarians attended the convention with the highest delegate count being 71.  When votes were counted there were typically 66 voting delegates. The addition of other guests bought the total attendance to 75.

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Special Convention Delegates Vote on Petitioners Concerns in Wixom

By Scotty Boman

Chair's Disclaimer: This is an article about an event that was moot in light of an improved understanding of Michigan law. While the terminology is respectful of the views of the Libertarians attending it, the publication of this article shall not be construed to imply recognition, of the event organizers, as the legitimate LEC, nor does it imply recognition of the event as being a convention of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. We include it here because we, believe in the membership, and believe that a fully informed membership will make more sensible decisions.

Libertarians gathering in Wixom for the Special Convention.
Libertarians gathering in Wixom for the Special Convention.

Wixom, MI – On April 1st 42 Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Delegates converged at the VFW Post #2269 in Wixom. They were there to vote on the concerns expressed in three petitions:  A petition calling for a vote of no confidence in Chair Andrew Chadderdon, a petition to hold officer election to fill vacancies, and a petition to appoint an investigatory committee to consider possible misconduct by Dave Canny, Greg Stempfle, and Joe Brungardt. This was a Special Convention called by the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee chaired by Andrew Chadderdon.

Opening Remarks Highlight the Need to Improve Bylaws

Jeff Pittel handling membership records and credential work in Wixom.
Jeff Pittel handling membership records and credential work in Wixom.

As Chair Andrew Chadderdon addressed controversy in the LPM. He supported ending it in a manner that complied with the party’s bylaws.  Chadderdon expressed hope that inconsistencies in the bylaws would be remedied at the Summer convention which will probably be on a, yet to be scheduled, date in July. He said,

The guiding principal that kinda got me here to leading this convention was to stick to the bylaws. Make sure we hear them, and try to work to make them more agreeable. I think a major factor in having a political party, is there will always be disagreements, but I think a really critical aspect of the bylaws is they provide a mechanism to adjudicate disagreements.

After Chadderdon’s opening comment Membership director Jeff Pittel provided the credentials report stating that 36 delegates were present, but 5 wished to be elevated to delegate status. The addition of delegates requires 7/8 approval.  They were approved by 34 of the delegates thereby raising the count to 41.

“No Confidence” Vote Draws Support

Connor Nepomuceno made a motion to remove the “No Confidence” vote from the agenda but the motion was soundly defeated in a voice vote. During debate over the motion Secretary Daniel Ziemba stepped away from taking notes to say, “I’m the Secretary. I too would like to speak against this motion. I want my victory.” Delegates responded with laughter and applause.

One Agenda Item Made Confidential

According to the minutes,

… the motion to appoint an investigatory committee to consider possible misconduct by Dave Canny, Greg Stempfle, and Joe Brungardt in the creation of the petition (which was ultimately submitted on January 3rd), was followed by a private Executive Session:

  • Executive session begins; non-delegates exit and live stream paused (…)
  • Chair Andrew C responds to a request for information as to the source of the requirement to enter executive session, stating that RONR requires this occur while describing specific accusations against Party members.

2024 POTUS Hopeful, Jacob Hornberger Speaks to Delegation

Jacob Hornberger
Jacob Hornberger

In 2020 Jacob Hornberger ran for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination.  He lost at the convention, but received the honor of the national Mises Caucus endorsement.  This was the first of a couple stops in Michigan and he was the only Libertarian Presidential candidate to choose to attend the convention. Jacob Horneberger is an author, and the founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation.

Hornberger presented his case for a Presidential campaign that would speak boldly and directly on controversial issues, rather than trying to appear more moderate or apologetic, like Republicans.  He had this to say about the GOP:

I don’t like Republicans… Republicans are just as Responsible as Democrats for turning this country dead on the plight its in today: Their out of control spending. With their out of control debt, $31 Trillion; Their monetary debauchery; Getting us close to nuclear war; in Ukraine, because they didn’t affect prices… the Pentagon admitted it; And we need to hold them to account.

Delegates applauded him several times.

Delegates Vote to Fill Vacancies

Special Convention Delegate Jim Fulner in Wixom.
Special Convention Delegate Jim Fulner in Wixom.

One of the three Special Convention petitions called for the election of officers to fill vacancies. Wixom Convention Delegates elected the following people to hold these respective offices for the remainder of the original holder’s terms:

  • 1st Vice Chair: Leah Dailey
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Trevor Step
  • Treasurer:  Greg Black

By District Caucus:

  • District 2: Rich McClain Jr.
  • District 6: Larry Henneman
  • District 8: Kevin Ellis
  • District 13: Dave Franklin
  • District 14: Jeff Pittel

Ranked Choice Voting Organizer Addresses Libertarians

Ron Zimmerman spoke to the attendees about “Ranked Choice Voting.” This approach, also known as “Instant run-off” voting (IRV) has already been implemented by Ferndale and Ann Arbor.  Zimmerman expects to get similar proposals on the ballot in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing, East Lansing, and Royal Oak.

Zimmerman said he hopes the precedent set in municipalities will make state-wide implementation more likely to pass when Michigan voters have that choice on their ballots.

A Musical End

Connor Nepomuceno concluded the event with a passionate a cappella performance of “500 Miles.”

Readers may give it a listen at the end of the third of these videos:

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Officers & Staff

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

Chair: Mike Saliba. contact
First Vice Chair: Fafael Wolfe. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.net
Second Vice Chair: Greg Stempfle. Contact
Secretary: Jami Van Alstine. Contact
Treasurer: Angela Thornton-Canny. Contact
District 1 Rep: Vacant. Contact
District 2 Rep: Jay Gillotte. Contact
District 3 Rep: Ari Abraham. Contact
District 4 Rep: Andrew Duke. Contact
District 5 Rep: Brian Ellison. Contact
District 6 Rep: Mark King. Contact
District 7 Rep: Lisa Lane Gioia. Contact
District 8 Rep: Adam Childress. Contact
District 9 Rep: Kyle McCauley. Contact
District 10 Rep: Vacant. Contact
District 11 Rep: Joe Brungardt. Contact
District 12 Rep: Remains vacant. Contact
District 13 Rep: Gregg Smith. Contact


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:Chair Mark King, mark.king@markzz.com. Vice Chair 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.

May 3, 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

May 4, 2023 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brewery Becker. 500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116.
This month we’ll be discussing an article titled “Individualist Feminism vs Collectivist Feminism.”
For more information, contact Trevor Step, trevorstep@protonmail.com

May 10, 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

May 10, 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

May 11, 2023 - Northern Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM
Earthen Ales. 1370 Gray Dr. Suite 200. Traverse City, MI 49684. 5pm to 7pm in person. Host: TC Green Drink. 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.

May 11, 2023 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wurst Bar, 705 West Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

May 12, 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

May 13, 2023 - Straits Area LP (SALP) - Annual Convention, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Bluff's Restaurant. 10905 High Bluffs Dr, Cheboygan, MI 49721
Hoping for meeting+lunch on their beautiful deck! Bring a friend or loved one and please share this event widely! We will choose delegates for the July State Convention.
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.
Facebook posting here.

May 16, 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

May 17, 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: Ms. Kathy Schmaltz, Michigan House, District 46.
Topic – Energy and Health.

May 17, 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

May 21, 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.

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