AT-LARGE CANDIDATES, LNC 2018-2020

At-Large


Heide Alejandro-Smith

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What experience and accomplishments do you have in the Libertarian Party? Include internal party positions as well as positions on LP campaigns for public office.

I am currently an at large committee member of the St. Tammany Libertarian Party

What experience do you have outside of the Libertarian Party that you think would be useful or relevant to the position you’re seeking?

First of all, my main occupation is commercial driver, which is one of the most over regulated careers in the country, so I know first hand how government can be intrusive. Secondly, I work for a corporation that taught me very well how to do more with less, so I think I can use that knowledge to maximize our resources

What does the national committee currently do well, and how can it improve?

I think the current LNC realizes that this is a turning point in the party, but there is widespread disagreement on how to go forward. I think the best thing to do is really understand what each caucus is about and find things in common to instill unity

What specific goals would you would like to accomplish during the 2018-2020 term, if elected?

I would like to outreach to my fellow drivers about the principles of the party, let them know there is a group sensitive to their concerns. This will also benefit the party because most drivers have a "Don't mess in my business, I won't mess with yours" attitude. Once they are voting and donating to Libertarian causes and candidates, friends and family are sure to follow

How do you see the role of the position you are seeking (e.g. Chair, Secretary, etc.) as it relates to the rest of the LNC, and to the LP Staff?

I see it as a bridge, not only to people that are disillusioned by the current political atmosphere, but to our own caucuses. We must be able to have a united front to prove to non members that we are different from the duopoly

How do you think the national committee can best serve the state and local affiliates, and help get more Libertarians elected to public office?

Fundraising and visiting with candidates, talking to voters. We need to hold events like Ask a Libertarian, something police departments have been doing in my area for almost a year


Jesse Fullington

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What experience and accomplishments do you have in the Libertarian Party? Include internal party positions as well as positions on LP campaigns for public office.

Carroll County Vice Chair, Libertarian Party of Tennessee Fundraising Director, Adam Kokesh for President Social Media Volunteer, National Libertarian Party State Representative Candidate, Libertarian Party of Tennessee

What experience do you have outside of the Libertarian Party that you think would be useful or relevant to the position you’re seeking?

Election Coordinator, Young Americans for Liberty Alumni Director, Young Americans for Liberty Murray State Chapter

What does the national committee currently do well, and how can it improve?

I think as an organization the LNC serves its function well and efficiently. Changes I would like to see is being more of a forefront of the party as well as it's connections to the state affiliates.

What specific goals would you would like to accomplish during the 2018-2020 term, if elected?

I would like to assist more funds being raised for the party, better integration of blockchain and crypto, more resources for candidates and states, and more membership retention efforts. By no means is this meaning I don't think current leadership is not fulfilling these missions, there just always is more room for improvement.

How do you see the role of the position you are seeking (e.g. Chair, Secretary, etc.) as it relates to the rest of the LNC, and to the LP Staff?

I see my role as an At Large as more of a resource to the regional representatives and the states. As important as my vote on the board is, I would spend the majority of the time assisting state affiliates and being on-site support and voice of the LNC where the states and regional representatives need assistance.

How do you think the national committee can best serve the state and local affiliates, and help get more Libertarians elected to public office?

By controlled, regionally targeted messaging. Assisting with fundraising efforts and using our national network to help bring resources together where they can be utilized. We have many candidates and specialty volunteers across the country that might not have means of contacting each other, we can bridge that gap to ensure both our activists and candidates are getting the support they need.


Joe Bishop-Henchman

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What experience and accomplishments do you have in the Libertarian Party? Include internal party positions as well as positions on LP campaigns for public office.

I've been an LP member since 1995, was an activist with my local (San Diego, CA) party from then until I moved to DC, and am currently acting chair of the national Bylaws Committee. I attended the 2004 and 2016 conventions as a delegate, and watched the others on C-SPAN. I keep in touch with many Libertarians but most of my career focus has been working for simpler, lower taxes through policy work.

What experience do you have outside of the Libertarian Party that you think would be useful or relevant to the position you’re seeking?

Skills I'd bring to the LNC are organizing and organizational operations experience, an understanding of successful outreach, and connections with libertarians outside the party. I'm executive vice president at the Tax Foundation, a think tank founded in 1937, where I've helped achieve billions of dollars of tax reductions and used court filings to strike down several taxes. At TF I'm directly responsible for personnel, goal-setting, performance reviews, budgeting and procurement, HR policies and trainings, and operationalizing the organization's vision and growing our impact. I've helped us get from 12 people and $1.6 million/year in revenue to 27 people and $5 million/year in revenue. As part of my state policy work, I work directly with over 100 state-level organizations, helping advise them on their strategic goals, growth, personnel, and activities. My work has me traveling to most states in the country (we spearheaded tax reforms in NC, IN, DC, NY, and many other states), and I'm interviewed as an expert on tax policy by the media several hundred times a year. I also interact closely with the various libertarian organizations in DC (Cato, IHS, IJ, Reason, etc.).

What does the national committee currently do well, and how can it improve?

Ballot access is a big achievement for the LP, and while most of that is done at the state level, the LNC has been very good at strategically putting in resources (money and people) for maximum return. In DC, for instance, the LNC helped us gain party status which we can now maintain with a vote threshold each election instead of expensive petition drives. The LNC set a vision, figured out where and when the LNC should get involved and when it should stay out, decided how to divvy up scarce resources, and kept on it until we achieved the goal. It's a good template for other party priorities. As for improvement, I could see the LNC do a better job communicating its core focus areas and how it measures the impact of its spending.

What specific goals would you would like to accomplish during the 2018-2020 term, if elected?

I want to make sure the LNC as a whole sets specific goals, and then I would do everything to support them. We've got all sorts of great projects - ballot access, the presidential campaign, state candidates, local candidates, weighing in on key issues, fundraising, historical preservation, convention programs, voter databases, and probably more - and for the LNC to make informed decisions about which to put more resources into, we need to have goals and metrics. As for a goal for myself, I want to set a personal good example for respectful conduct and behavior. I spend most of my time persuading non-libertarians to do libertarian things, so it's important to me that if we happen to disagree on something, I'll be honest and civil about it. We have some strong personalities on the Bylaws Committee but were able to come together with a lot of unanimous proposals, and for the ones that aren't, delegates are getting detailed, informative arguments on both sides. Respecting each other was a big part of how we did that.

How do you see the role of the position you are seeking (e.g. Chair, Secretary, etc.) as it relates to the rest of the LNC, and to the LP Staff?

Bad boards tend to either be completely hands-off or totally micromanage staff, and I'd view it as part of my job to avoid those extremes. Boards set goals and monitor the dashboard, including the performance of the executive director and his/her staff. As one example, on the Bylaws Committee, one of our tasks is to send out a survey to members on our draft proposals. It's a tiny thing in the scheme of LP things, but it happens every two years. When I asked who on LP staff is in charge of getting it out, I was given five names. So when it didn't go out on time, I had to call Wes and Nick and everyone to make it happen. Now five people may be involved in the project, but one person should have it in their job description that they have to do this. No one does now, and I'm guessing that's the case on other things as well. I'd ask questions and gently nudge.

How do you think the national committee can best serve the state and local affiliates, and help get more Libertarians elected to public office?

The LNC walks a fine line of helping where it can help and staying out of the way when it wouldn't help. If elected as an At-Large, I promise to call every state party chair to ask them about their priorities and how the LNC can help, even if it's by staying out. I personally want to see more elected Libertarians at the local and state level, and I'd like to see a strategic step-by-step of how the LNC can work with the state parties to continue to make it happen.


Mohammad-Reza Khosh-Sirat

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What experience and accomplishments do you have in the Libertarian Party? Include internal party positions as well as positions on LP campaigns for public office.

National Delegate 2012, 2014 and 2016. Active in 2012 and 2016 GJ Campaigns. 2014 and 2016 Manager and policy advisor of Ed Rankin for Congress. Ed got the fourth largest LP vote in the country. I quit a few weeks before his campaign given his sudden preference for Donald Trump over the LP ticket.

What experience do you have outside of the Libertarian Party that you think would be useful or relevant to the position you’re seeking?

Born in Iran, raised in Kuwait, graduate of Canada, and a resident of Texas for the past decade, I am a junior entrepreneur and active in my business. My background is in Economics and Geography Urban Systems combined with my international experience allows me to have multiangle viewpoints on topics.

What does the national committee currently do well, and how can it improve?

Further building coalitions with liberty minded individuals across party lines to extend on current relations has room for improvement.

What specific goals would you would like to accomplish during the 2018-2020 term, if elected?

As an At-Large member, my priority would be to help build a 50-state media team (this is realistically a four year goal). Secondary to this, I would like to work with the RLC and help facilitate liberty minded Republicans who share LP principles to switch parties.

How do you see the role of the position you are seeking (e.g. Chair, Secretary, etc.) as it relates to the rest of the LNC, and to the LP Staff?

There must be a harmony of messaging from within the LNC that is both rational and effective. In this capacity, I would like to play a positive role.

How do you think the national committee can best serve the state and local affiliates, and help get more Libertarians elected to public office?

Further building the infrastructure needed to support candidates. We strive on being the party of business, yet we don't optimize technologies available in the marketplace to build our infrastructure.


Traci Baker

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What experience and accomplishments do you have in the Libertarian Party? Include internal party positions as well as positions on LP campaigns for public office.

Volunteer director- Gary Johnson 2016 Delegate Outreach- John McAfee 2016 Volunteer- Ron Paul 2012 Two time candidate for city council, (youngest to ever run for the position) Secretary- Outright Libertarians Candidate Support Committee Chair-LPOK Secretary LPOK Treasurer- Rex Lawhorn for Governor of Oklahoma

What experience do you have outside of the Libertarian Party that you think would be useful or relevant to the position you’re seeking?

Presided over local organizations and activist groups. Experience with community relations, public policy, communications.

What does the national committee currently do well, and how can it improve?

Marketing must change, and a larger focus on elections and establishing candidate resources. I've seen how Dems and reps do thins and we are way behind.

What specific goals would you would like to accomplish during the 2018-2020 term, if elected?

A shift to the aforementioned goals mentioned above

How do you see the role of the position you are seeking (e.g. Chair, Secretary, etc.) as it relates to the rest of the LNC, and to the LP Staff?

At large reps represent the voice of the libertarian community and serve as their liaison to the business process.

How do you think the national committee can best serve the state and local affiliates, and help get more Libertarians elected to public office?

Establish resources and connections to local media. Develop a larger voter and donor base.

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