Libertarian Party of Michigan

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Libertarian Party of Michigan
Chairwoman Mary Buzuma
Vice Chairman Scotty Boman
Secretary Jim Fulner
Treasurer Kim Moore
Founded 1972
Headquarters Lansing, MI
Ideology Libertarianism
International affiliation ISIL

The Libertarian Party of Michigan was founded in Taylor, Michigan in 1972[1] and remains on the ballot[2][3][4] as Michigan’s third oldest active political party.[5] It is the Michigan affiliate of the Libertarian Party of the United States.[6]


Since its founding, the Libertarian Party of Michigan has fielded candidates for a variety of offices and has retained its position on the state ballot.[7] In the 2006 general election, the Libertarian Party of Michigan was the only political party in the state to support the successful Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.[8][8][9] The party's gubernatorial candidate, Greg Creswell,[10] and his running mate Scotty Boman[11] made it the centerpiece of their campaigns.[7] Several Libertarians have held public office in Michigan, most at the local level.[12][13] The party is a member of the Michigan Third Parties Coalition which advocates changes in Michigan's election laws.[14]

Libertarians in public office[edit]

Elected libertarians currently in public office[15][edit]

Former elected libertarians[edit]

Former elected Libertarians include:

  • Mayor Pro Tem [24] Erin Stahl[25] of St. Clair Shores,
  • Fred Collins, who served as Councilman for the City of Berkley, Michigan [26][27][28][29] from 1997 until he gave up his position to run for Mayor in 2005, and lost the election.[30]
  • Councilman Mark Byrne.[31] who is now active with Unifour Area Libertarian Party in North Carolina.
  • Park Commissioner Tom Bagwell of Ypsilanti Township was elected in 2008 on a partisan ballot,[23] but left office after moving from Ypsilanti Township.

Libertarians appointed to public office[edit]

  • Lloyd Sherman (died December 25, 2006) – Hazel Park Brownfield Authority, Hazel Park Facilities and Infrastructure Citizens Advisory Board, Hazel Park Fence Review Board, Hazel Park Zoning Board of Appeals, Hazel Park General Building Authority.[12][13]
  • Will Tyler White Vice-Chair Meridian Charter Township Economic Development Corporation (EDC)[13][32]
  • Donald Flatt – Commissioner, Portage Parks and Recreation Board.[13][33]
  • Steven Butler – Co-Chair, Grand Rapids Environmental Mandates Committee.[13]
  • James McAbee – Romeo Planning Commission[13]
  • Darrell Johnson – Berkley City Planning Commission[13]

Defender of Liberty Awards[edit]

Libertarian Party of Michigan 2007 Defender of Liberty Award Winners (Leslie Roszman, Michigan for Ron Paul; Scott Boman, LPM activist; and Republican Martin Howrylak, Troy City Council)[34]

"Defender of Liberty" Awards ("Libbies") have been presented by the Libertarian Party of Michigan at its annual LibertyFest Banquet to a maximum of four select individuals, Libertarian or otherwise, whom the LPM believes have made notable personal efforts in the defense of liberty. Winners must live and/or work in the state of Michigan. The Libertarian Party of Michigan lists three subcategories for the award:[35]

  • Spokesperson for Liberty – a member of the community whose patriotism and conviction have inspired contributions to the cause of Liberty
  • Promoter of Liberty – A Libertarian whose efforts have done the most to promote the LP and Libertarian principles
  • Producer of Liberty – a dedicated, behind-the-scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplifies the backbone of the LP.[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Salvette, Emily H. "The Libertarian Party of Michigan Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Project""" (website)
  2. ^ Jacobs, Dick M. "Michigan political parties: Libertarian Party" "" (website)
  3. ^ Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Official Website" "" (website)
  4. ^ Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Alternate Libertarian Party of Michigan Website" "" (website)
  5. ^ The Associated Press (October 22, 2004). "Libertarians going in with large slate, low expectations". The Macomb Daily. 
  6. ^ Libertarian National Committee, "The Party of Principle" "" (website)
  7. ^ a b Land, Terri (Secretary of State). "Elections in Michigan" "" (website)
  8. ^ a b Boman, Scotty (November 21, 2006). "Liberty Fest Honors Defenders of Liberty". LPM Online. 
  9. ^ By Any Means Necessary,"PICKET & PROTEST of the MICHIGAN LIBERTARIAN PARTY". "" (website)
  10. ^ Creswell, Greg "Greg Creswell for Governor". "" (website)
  11. ^ Boman, Scotty "Scotty Boman for Lt. Governor". "" (website)
  12. ^ a b Michalak, John (December 27, 2006). "A friend to Hazel Park loses battle with lymphoma". Daily Tribune. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Michigan Libertarians In Office""" (website).
  14. ^ "Michigan Third Parties Coalition Formed"
  15. ^ Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Elections on November 6th". "" (website)
  16. ^ Hazel Park City Government, "Elected Officials". "" (website)
  17. ^ Owosso City Government, "Our Local Government". "" (website)
  18. ^ South Haven City Government, "City Council Members". "" (website)
  19. ^ Oparka, Terry (November 7, 2007). "Troy incumbents prevail — the slate does not". C & G newspapers. 
  20. ^ Michalak, John (March 29, 2005). "Troy eyes prayer policy". Daily Tribune. 
  21. ^ Eisenbacher, David [1] "" (website)
  22. ^ Dirasian, Greg (April 2, 2002). "Eisenbacher Wins!!!". LPM Online. 
  23. ^ a b Hall, Bill (November 27, 2008). "Libertarian Party of Michigan November election highlights". Independent Political Report. 
  24. ^ Stahl, Erin "Erin Stahl for St. Clair Shores City Council". "erinstahl" (website)
  25. ^ St. Clair Shores City Government, "St. Clair Shores City Council" . "" (website)
  26. ^ Libertarian Party National Committee, "Our History". "" (website)
  27. ^ The Libertarian Party of Virginia,"59 Libertarians elected to local office in nine states" "" (website)
  28. ^ Hunter, Melanie; Deputy Managing Editor (2004). "Libertarian, Green, Independent Party Candidates Hold Debate in NYC". 
  30. ^ Berkley City Government, "2005 Election Results" "" (website)
  31. ^ MURPHY, SHANNON (November 7, 2007). "A vote for change: Former police captain earns most votes in council race". "Times Herald". 
  33. ^ Brennan, Ryan "Libertarian Party: Number of Libertarians in Office: 601+" "" (website)
  34. ^ Stempfle, Greg (May–June 2002). "Campaign Conference Recap". Michigan Libertarian. 
  35. ^ a b Libertarian Party of Michigan Defender of Liberty Awards. "" (Website).

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