VICE-CHAIR CANDIDATES, LNC 2018-2020

Vice-Chair


Arvin Vohra (Incumbent)
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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 have served as Vice Chair for two terms. I have also run for office at the state and federal level. I have represented the LP on MSNBC, FOX, RT, many radio shows. I have been quoted by Wikileaks' twitter, and have reached millions with a bold, clear, message.

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

I see firsthand the damage caused by the state's sacred cows. I see how the existence of government schools damages education, and am working for their immediate elimination. I have seen how military recruitment wastes lives and distorts our culture, and am working against that as well. I am an entrepreneur and a small business owner, and I see how effective free market, non-governmental, non-regulated, not-subsidized solutions are.

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

It's organization and graphics have improved. However, its communication has been horrendously unclear. This is as much my fault as anyones, and I have been working to correct this. In particular, the LNC has a responsibility to clearly articulate what the Libertarian positions are, so people getting involved are on the right side. As a simple example, every Libertarian should know that there is no room, at all, for government schools or government subsidized schools in either minarchism, anarchism, or any other kind of libertarianism.

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

Just as the LP has rejected the nanny state, I want to see us boldly reject the welfare state. I want us to reject government schools just as strongly as we reject the drug war, for example.

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?

It is a strategic and spokesperson role. A vice chair needs to be able to speak to a group of progressive democrats, and boldly state his or her opposition to government schools, medicaid, and other parts of the welfare state.

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

Make it clear to the country what our positions are, use our large reach to attack the states sacred cows, and pave the way for our candidates to run the kind of bold, exciting, unapologetic elections that work today (and even won the 2016 presidential election, albeit for the wrong team.)


Alex Merced

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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.

2013 NYC Public Advocate Candidate 2015 Manhattan LP Media Director 2015 Brooklyn LP Media Director 2016 US Senate Candidate (NY) 2017 NYC Comptroller Candidate 2018 Manhattan LP media Director 2018 Larry Sharpe Policy Director 2018 LNC region 8 Alternate

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

1. I have been training people with Greico Financial Training for 10 years spending much of my time training finance professionals at all levels. This has sharpened by professional communication skills also given me the opportunity to learn how to beat network and communicate with high net worth individuals. 2. Was college radio broadcast, College paper journalist and current podcast host. Doing so, I have developed an appreciation for media and marketing. 3. Having owned a hobby gaming/comic store have me an appreciation for running an organization, staff, and keeping customers happy.

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

The committee does it core objective of stewarding national resources well. Where I feel some Improvement can exist in building the relationship between the LNC and the broader membership so they know the work they are doing and are even galvanized by it. I want to use my media experience to help make the LNC more visible so people can feel more connected to the party as a whole which can help with retention and morale.

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

Mainly to improve membership growth rates and retention by enhancing the culture of the party to create more ties within its different parts.

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?

The job description is to assist the Chair and run meetings in their absence. I may be the least experienced with RONR but I’ve always been one to work extra hard to make my weaknesses strengths. Although in making use of the visibility of the position to enhance morale and membership retention I think I am the strongest.

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

Help states get on the ballot with ballot access assistance Develop the CiviCRM projects to make data sharing easier and effective. Steer resources to LP staff to grow the fundraising capabilities of national to do the prior two things and fund press and media staff.


James Weeks

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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 the chair of my county party for the last 4 years. I've served on the LPM executive committee for a couple years. I've ran multiple political campaigns that received national and international press attention. I've been the organizer of multiple Libertarian party events. I have organized an LPM convention. I helped form a county party to the north of my home county that didn't have an affiliate. I organized an event building a coalition of county parties to bring C Michael Pickens to Michigan for candidate training after the chair of the LPM unilaterally pulled the plug on the event.

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

Pretty much the only thing I do is LP stuff, maybe my day job in IT might give me a perspective as to how we can improve technologically.

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

I think the national committee functions fairly well, I could see improvement in the way we handle media attention. I think we need way more of it.

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

More media attention.

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?

To assist the chair as directed and facilitate meetings in their absence.

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 assisting the state and local parties as needed when requested and requests are reasonable and able to be accomplished with the resources available.


Joe Hauptmann

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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.

My political resume can be found at my campaign Facebook page. I have run statewide petition drives and campaigns. I have been a LP candidate for statewide office, the US house, the state house and township office. I currently hold the LP record for US house of representatives in a 3-way race against the legacy parties. In 1998 I received 11.4%. Within the LP, I have been a county chair, State central committee member as well as state chair. I have served as state chair of Indiana in 1979,1998 and 2015. Nationally I have served on the platform committee and the LNC. I have worked on numerous presidential campaigns from Ed Clark in 1980 to Gary Johnson in 2016.

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

My work experience includes 5 years as a lawyer, retail sales and 23 years as a public high school science teacher. I therefore have a wide range of experience in speaking to groups both large and small. I have worked on committees both in an out of politics, including on a crime prevention board while practicing law in Fort Wayne and numerous terms on my churches vestry (governing board) at Saint Matthew Episcopal Church. I have also served on a selection committee charged with selecting a new priest and a discernment committee to determine whether a candidate should be admitted to the priesthood.

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

The current LNC has done a good job of expanding the expertise available to the state parties by expanding the staff to employees stationed outside of the main office. It could improve in its timing of the roll-out of these services. They should have been brought on line much earlier in the election cycle.

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

My specific goal would be to expand the base of the LP so that the candidates would have more resources available to them in the 2020 elections. For this to occur we would need an improved data base so that campaigns would know what resources in terms of donors and volunteers are available to them. We would need an aggressive outreach program to connect with voters who fall anywhere in the libertarian quadrant and a way for this information to be shared up and down the party organizations in real time.

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?

As Vice Chair, I must be available to step in and run the LNC meetings whenever the Chair is unavailable. I also would act as an at large representative in meeting that I was not chairing. The staff answers to the National Director and the National Director answers to the Chair. I would assist the staff as needed but have not authority over them not delegated to me by the chair. I would cooperate and coordinate on any projects that the Chair assigns me. Other than that I would keep my nose out of their business and let them do their jobs.

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 using economy of scale to attract and identify libertarian voters and resources and to openly share this information with state and local affiliates. Where requested the LNC should provide assistance on how to develop state and local organizations in such a way as to maximize the return of the new resources that the LNC would be making available.


Sam Goldstein

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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.

LPMC (Indianapolis) County Chair & Vice-Chair, LPIN Chair & Vice-Chair& Membership Director, LNC Regional & Alternate, LNC At Large Rep, LP Bylaws & Platform Committees and several other LNC Committees and I've run for partisan public office 8 times on the LP ticket and have managed statewide and Federal campaign for other candidates. More details available upon request.

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

I have had sales positions my entire life, both as an employee and business owner for 25 years in addition to my teaching degree. I know how to speak with voters, media and the general public in a non-intimidating fashion to present libertarian ideas so they see the benefits of a more libertarian government.

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

The current LNC has managed ballot access successfully for those states that need help and has improved the party's technology base. Having staff dedicated to affiliate support and candidate recruitment and training is a great step forward. We need to sponsor more training events across the country as we did a couple years ago to train both candidates, activists and leadership as we move forward to the 2020 election cycle.

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

I would continue the work I did this term being Chair of the Candidate Support Committee to be able to better support, train and fund LP candidates at all levels. We are a political party and need competent candidates to spread our message and to get elected to reduce the size and scope of government. As Vice-Chair I would also be available to any special project assigned to me by the Chair.

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?

Per our Bylaws, the Vice-Chair serves as a back up to the Chair and not a spokesperson for the party unless requested to do so by the Chair. The Vice-Chair should be a leader in LNC discussions and should try to bring factions together to move the party forward toward our common goals.

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 LP is a political party and the LNC can best serve affiliates by providing training and support where requested and needed in a wide range of areas such as technology, data base, communications, leadership, etc. Ballot access help will continue to be a major LNC effort for the foreseeable future until states develop enough to be able to fund their own ballot access. The LNC can also be more pro-active in ballot access lobbying and litigation to aid in this goal.


Steve Scheetz

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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.

Most recently first, I worked on a campaign and helped elect a Libertarian to office. I have worked with diverse groups in order to develop my message of Unity With Principle. I have served as Chair for the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania for two terms, served in the capacity of Chairman of Montgomery County for 6 years, I served as secretary before that. While I was not overly active in the early years, my first petition drive was for a Congressional Candidate in PA’s 13th district. Lee Houstead appeared in the debates that year!

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

I work in innovation. My job is to design new effect/color combinations for auto, aircraft, cookware, and electronics coatings. When I am asked to design a suite of colors, I have to come up with colors that nobody has seen before. I have also built things that people said could not be built. Put combinations together that people said would never work, and throughout the years, people have been stating that the Libertarian Party will never work for whatever reason. My goal is to take that mindset and stand it on its head! Certain things we do, we have to do a certain way, i.e. ballot access. However, other activities? In PA, The Montgomery County Libertarians stopped a township from stealing the land of an older woman whose family built that township, and we did it by bringing in help from several different groups.

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

Ballot Access, and the individual efforts of the people on the committee are amazing as well! Bill Redpath, for example has been amazing to this end! In fact, he came to Pennsylvania and gathered 300 signatures on primary day HIMSELF! Shortly after he apologized about not being able to get to PA sooner than 11AM. One of the biggest motivators is when people see their leadership working. If the LNC would showcase the work that they do on a continual basis, I believe that the members within our affiliates would work that much harder!

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

Aside from what I would be doing in the role of Vice Chair, I would like to work with the LSLA and create a mentorship program for candidates. I have been talking about this during the debates I have participated in, and the vision that I have is simply this. So many cases, committees reinvent the wheel when it comes to petitions, messaging, etc., and when it all comes down to it, these actions have been performed before, but the institutional knowledge does not really get to the people who need it the most. If someone from TX can help a candidate in AK with messaging, someone from NV could help a candidate in NY with knowledge about court challenges to petitions? We have many experienced / seasoned candidates / volunteers, and I would love to see a network put together across the nation discussing elections and messaging. Let’s bring that clear, concise, consistent principled message to the voters! 

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 will mop the floor if necessary! We all work together on projects, and in addition to what I do, if the LP Staff is supposed to visit a school but nobody can make it there because they are buried under a mountain of work? We must all do what we can to make things happen and do the best job possible for our membership, and the party as a whole.

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

Obviously keep doing what it has been doing regarding ballot access measures, and court battles to try and change the way we have been forced to do things. In PA, our state-wide candidates needed 17,000 verified signatures to get on the ballot. In 2016, Oliver Hall won a case that reduced that burden to 5,000 signatures! That was a HUGE help! When affiliates ask, the LNC has been pretty good about helping. The Laura Ebke campaign comes to mind. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is OUR party, we make it what it is, and we work to do what we can at all levels. The LNC does everything it can with the resources it has. If we want more, we need to give more. Many people are focused on the most local levels, and that is important as well, but we all need to work together if we wish to see our homeland become the best it can be.

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  • Alexander DiBenedetto
    published this page in LNC Voter Guide 2018-06-25 01:21:45 -0400