The Libertarian Party is searching for qualified political candidates for the 2020 northern Michigan ballot!!
Under current election law, potential Libertarian candidates for political office are required to be approved by the newly formed Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party (NWMLP). Members of the newly formed affiliate recently developed bylaws, and elected officers. They have named David Holmer of Manistee as Political Director. His job is to line up and recruit as many qualified local candidates as possible.
“I hope to have a ‘coordinator’ for each of the nine counties represented by the NWMLP.” explained Holmer. These counties include Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Charlevoix.
Holmer went on to explain that these coordinators would be part of a committee which will help Holmer to identify qualified local people who believe in the Libertarian principles of liberty and limited government.
Holmer himself ran a very successful campaign for Manistee County Commissioner in 2018. In fact, the few Libertarian candidates who ran in 2018 did very well in northern Michigan 2018 election, but at that time there was no local affiliate.
Now that the NWMLP affiliate has been formed, helping to get candidates elected will be a priority. “Members of the newly formed affiliate have developed bylaws which state that nominating and campaigning for candidates for political office is one of our primary purposes,” stated the NWMLP chair Donna Gundle-Krieg.
“Many Americans are tired of the two-party system,” Gundle-Krieg continued. “We are the most viable third-party option, and realize that we have to start local to get as many Libertarians as possible on the ballot.”
If you are interested in running for political office, or would like to help with recruiting candidates, please email Politicaldirector@nwmichiganlibertarians.org
The Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party (NWMLP) has been approved as an official affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan! The new local party selected officers at its November 13th meeting. In addition, members created bylaws, and set meeting dates.
Below are the officers, who will be meeting monthly to move the party towards our goals of electing candidates and conducting educational and outreach activities.
Chair: Donna Gundle-Krieg
Donna Gundle-Krieg is a real estate broker in Mancelona and owns her own company, DEK Realty. She is especially passionate about property rights, and in a past life was passionate about growing the home schooling movement. Donna was involved in the Libertarian party for years in “downstate” Michigan, and is the Congressional District 1 Representative for the Libertarian Party of Michigan. She lives in Mancelona with her husband and has two adult children. Email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice-Chair: Ben Boren
Ben is an Entrepreneur who recently returned to his roots in Charlevoix after several years living in California and Nevada. Ben has been involved in the Libertarian Party for a decade, and his enthusiasm is contagious. His favorite quote is from Ayn Rand: “He will be an integrated man, that is: a thinker who is a man of action.” Email Ben at Viceemail@example.com.
Outreach and Membership Director: Ben Schultz
Reverend Ben is a Spiritual Caregiver at Heartland Hospice, and Owner-Operator at Northern Knots Wedding and Event Service. He was the first regular member of the local party. He has a special interest in the tricky balance required for Christians to be involved in politics, and feels that a third party alternative is necessary for our country to move forward. He lives in Buckley with his wife, and they are expecting their third child. Email Ben at Membership@nwmichiganlibertarians.org
Political Director: David Holmer
David, who lives in Manistee, is a Veteran, author, actor and much more. Most recently, he ran a very impressive race for County Commissioner and hopes to share the skills he learned on the campaign trail, so that the party can elect candidates at a local level. David only recently realized that he was a Libertarian, and has embraced the party with energy and enthusiasm.Email David at Politicaldirector@nwmichiganlibertarians.org.
Secretary: Peter Biskupski
Pete is an Architectural Designer and Draftsman in Traverse City. Although originally intrigued by Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns, it wasn’t until Gary Johnson’s 2016 nomination that he became interested in the Libertarian Party. He enjoys learning from libertarian podcasts such as Part of the Problem, The Jason Stapleton Program, Ron Paul Liberty Report and Lions of Liberty. He is a firm believer in Matt Kibbe’s slogan “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff.” Email Peter at Secretary@nwmichiganlibertarians.org.