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
Website
http://mi.lp.org

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]

Overview[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salvette, Emily H. "The Libertarian Party of Michigan Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Project""mi.lp.org" (website)
  2. ^ Jacobs, Dick M. "Michigan political parties: Libertarian Party" "bentley.umich.edu" (website)
  3. ^ Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Official Website" "mi.lp.org" (website)
  4. ^ Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Alternate Libertarian Party of Michigan Website" "michiganlp.org" (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" "lp.org" (website)
  7. ^ a b Land, Terri (Secretary of State). "Elections in Michigan" "mi.gov" (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". "bamn.com" (website)
  10. ^ Creswell, Greg "Greg Creswell for Governor". "gregcreswell.com" (website)
  11. ^ Boman, Scotty "Scotty Boman for Lt. Governor". "scottyboman.com" (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""mi.lp.org" (website).
  14. ^ "Michigan Third Parties Coalition Formed"
  15. ^ Libertarian Party of Michigan, "Elections on November 6th". "Michiganlp.org" (website)
  16. ^ Hazel Park City Government, "Elected Officials". "hazelpark.org" (website)
  17. ^ Owosso City Government, "Our Local Government". "ci.owosso.mi.us" (website)
  18. ^ South Haven City Government, "City Council Members". "south-haven.com" (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] "eisenbacher.org" (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" . "ci.saint-clair-shores.mi.us" (website)
  26. ^ Libertarian Party National Committee, "Our History". "lp.org" (website)
  27. ^ The Libertarian Party of Virginia,"59 Libertarians elected to local office in nine states" "lpva.com" (website)
  28. ^ Hunter, Melanie; Deputy Managing Editor (2004). "Libertarian, Green, Independent Party Candidates Hold Debate in NYC". CNSNews.com. 
  29. ^ THIRTIETH COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BERKLEY, "THE THIRTY-FOURTH MEETING OF THE THIRTIETH COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BERKLEY, MICHIGAN". "berkleymich.org" (website)
  30. ^ Berkley City Government, "2005 Election Results" "berkleymich.org" (website)
  31. ^ MURPHY, SHANNON (November 7, 2007). "A vote for change: Former police captain earns most votes in council race". "Times Herald". 
  32. ^ Meridian Township Board, "CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP BOARD REGULAR MEETING" "meridian.mi.us" (website)
  33. ^ Brennan, Ryan "Libertarian Party: Number of Libertarians in Office: 601+" "ThirdPartyNews.net" (website)
  34. ^ Stempfle, Greg (May–June 2002). "Campaign Conference Recap". Michigan Libertarian. 
  35. ^ a b Libertarian Party of Michigan Defender of Liberty Awards. "mi.lp.org" (Website).

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