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  • Chairman Young Wins Libby Award

    Rodger Young, Chairman of the Livingston Libertarians, was awarded the “Producer of Liberty Award” by the Libertarian Party of Michigan at the annual Libertyfest in East Lansing on Saturday, November 16.

    Rodger is “a dedicated, behind-the-scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplifies the backbone of the LP,” according to Robert James Fulner, who nominated Young.

    Rodger Young was unanimously elected chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians

    Livingston Libertarian Chair Rodger Young was awarded the Producer of Liberty Award.

    Fulner listed many contributions made by Young, the long time Libertarian who was elected leader of the Livingston Libertarians during a difficult time for the affiliate. Fulner talked about Young’s ability to get along with all people, and his understanding of what a true Libertarian is.

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan also awarded two other “Libby Awards” to members of the Oakland County Libertarian party. Leonard Schwartz won the Spokesperson for Liberty Award , and Karl Jackson received the Promoter of Liberty Award.

    Inspiring message from our new chair Rodger Young

    Rodger Young was unanimously elected chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians

    Rodger Young was unanimously elected chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians

    Greetings Livingston Libertarians,

    I am pleased and honored to have become chair of the Livingston County Libertarian Party (LCLP).

    We had a fine meeting in July! It was our largest meeting yet. Along with our regular crowd of LCLP members, we had some new faces including the guest speakers and their friends. We also welcomed visitors Mary Buzema and Steve Mace, chair and vice-chair of the Michigan Libertarian party.

    I know that I have a task ahead of me, and hope to get the social meeting back to the way it was without too much party business.

    I have been to one national convention and a handful of state conventions. I know that not everyone thinks and acts the same in the Libertarian Party. There are always those who think they have a “new” way of doing things and then try to exclude those who they do not feel like minded.

    We have grown very quickly as a party, and need to come together and help us grow and get Libertarians elected at our local level.

    So, I need your help and participation. Feel free to contact me by email, phone, before or after the meetings with any feedback of questions. My email address is chair@LivingstonLibertarians.org

    I would like to remind our members who live in the City of Howell, Howell Township, or Cohoctah Township that Mike Brennan is running for the position of County Commissioner. Please vote and tell your friends and enemies to vote for Michael Brennan on August 6th.

    I plan on see you all at our next social meeting on August 1st.

    Respectfully yours,
    Rodger Young
    Chairman LCLP

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    New chair Rodger Young will lead Livingston Libertarians forward

    Rodger Young was unanimously elected chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians

    Rodger Young was unanimously elected chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians

    Long time Libertarian Rodger Young was unanimously elected new chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians at the July 11th social meeting.

    Young, current political director for the Livingston Libertarians, has been united with the other officers during recent changes in leadership. He is known as a friendly, knowledgeable business person who is determined to lead the group forward.

    Young also has a history of success as a candidate for the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, earning 25% of the vote in the last election.

    Ending leadership turnover
    Young’s election as chairperson will hopefully end a few months of leadership turnover for the Livingston Libertarians.

    A few months ago, newly re-elected chairperson Pam Sanderson suddenly moved to Texas, leaving vice-chair Dan Goebel to assume Sanderson’s duties as chair.

    Goebel presided over two social meetings and one business meeting. However, he has not attended any meetings since he was censured 14-4 by the general membership at the last social meeting he attended.

    A new bylaw enacted at the July 10th business meeting allowed the chairperson position to be declared vacant and called for a special election by the general membership to vote for a new chairperson. Current bylaws of the Livingston Libertarians

    Status of other Livingston Libertarian officers
    A group of passionate board members support Rodger Young in his role as chairperson of the Livingston Libertarians.

    A few months ago, James Weeks was elected new vice-chairperson when Dan Goebel moved up to replace Sanderson as chair.

    While Weeks did preside over the meetings which Goebel did not attend, Weeks preferred to stay in the vice-chairperson role. He has a passion for bringing excellent speakers to the meetings, and the July 11th meeting featured a wonderful presentation about Peaceful Parenting, put on by Katie Testa and Dani Damman of the Michigan Peace and Liberty Coalition (MiPLC).

    The other officers of the Livingston Libertarians include Jeff Wood as the Treasurer. The group at the social meeting decided that Wood should immediately open a new bank account with both Wood’s name and Rodger Young’s name on the account.

    Longtime Libertarian Karl Kiefer remains the Livingston Libertarian’s Secretary.

    Media Director Donna Gundle-Krieg will leave the Livingston Libertarian group before the next meeting. She moved away from the county several months ago, but stayed on to assist during leadership turnover.

    Election Results for 2010

    For those who missed our November meeting, here are the percentages our candidates earned in this year’s elections.

    Baghwan (Bob) Dashairya, US House of Representatives District 8
    1.6%

    John Hargenrader, County Commisioner District 1
    14.1%

    James H. Lewis II, State Representative District 66 3.1%

    Todd L. Richardson, State Senate District 22
    3.1%

    Ron Sanderson, State Representative District 47
    3.4%

    Rodger Young, Livingston County Commissioner District 5
    5.9%

    What does it all mean? For a virtually new political party presence in our county with three times the candidates we ran in 2008, I like it. We’re not threatening to win races yet, but 2010 was a big learning year for me as a first-time party chairman and for our candidates, all of whom deserve high praise for putting their time and money on the line to defend our liberties.

    Where that learning from this year takes us is, ultimately, up to each and every one of you reading this. You have the power to participate in our monthly meetings, to help us staff our literature booth at 2011 county events, to write letters to the editor of your local papers, and to talk to your neighbors and loved ones about why you support the only political party in America that promotes both civil rights AND free markets. One of the best parts of this year for me has been getting to know fellow citizens in Livingston County who walk the talk of our US Constitution, and who live the values that our country’s founders realized. I’m proud to know them and looking forward to meeting more of you in 2011.

    Warm regards,
    Tim Keirnan, Chair