LPNational Convention Update - LNC Region 7 Representative: The Battle of the Beards!!

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May 6, 2024, 3:05:04 PMMay 6
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As we look to National Convention in DC, one of our duties will be to elect LNC Regional Representatives, assuming the ByLaws do not change the current LNC structure. The corresponding caucuses are currently scheduled for Friday evening at 5pm EST.

The Battle of the Beards!!!

We have two (2) declared candidates for Region 7 Representative. Their profiles are below in alphabetical order by last name.

Jacob Bradley
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I came into this party in 2021, after realizing that the duopoly was nothing more than a uniparty with different propaganda. I affiliated my county in the middle of that same year and have been reelected twice as Chair. In 2022 I was elected to SLEC to represent SD 17 and was recently reelected in Corpus Christi for another term. I have also served this last term on the Affiliate Committee for the National Party and as the Affiliate Training Coordinator for LP Texas, hosting monthly training calls for affiliates across Texas. In 2022.

I worked to put out an affiliate training book in Texas and made it available online as well as sent out 54 physical copies to county Chairs across Texas to help them grow a strong affiliate in their county. I followed up that book with a more in-depth training resource at the national level in 2023.

I believe that the State Party cannot be successful without a strong foundation at the county level and that the National Party cannot be successful without a strong State Party. I will continue to push for more training and resources for both State and County Parties if I am elected as the Representative for Region 7. During my time on the Affiliate Committee I have made contacts with both LNC members and State Chairs across the country. I believe that these contacts as well as my dedication to fighting for what I believe in make me the best equipped candidate for Region 7 Representative. Region 7 needs a strong voice on the LNC that is willing to fight for what is in the best interest of not only Region 7 but for the Libertarian Party as a whole.

I have been dedicated to fighting tooth and nail for liberty and freedom, not just for myself, but for my family. I refuse to allow our past and present freedoms to be taken away from my children and future grandchildren. Petty differences need to be put aside and we need to work together to ensure that these liberties are still in place for future generations. It is for these reasons that I have decided to seek the position as the Region 7 Rep and I hope I can count on your vote!


Paul Darr

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In recent discussions, I’ve been asked about my vision for the Libertarian Party. However, it’s important to clarify that my current focus lies in vying for the position of Representative of Region 7 within the Libertarian National Convention. As an individual member, my influence is inherently constrained, yet there are pressing matters that I deem essential.

Foremost among these priorities is the imperative to reunite the Libertarian Party. Despite our modest size, we find ourselves fractured, with splinter groups or entirely separate parties emerging in states like Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Distressingly, rumblings of discontent echo from approximately five additional states, hinting at potential departures from the national party if grievances remain unaddressed. Currently, the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) inadvertently exacerbates discord, offering more trouble than value to many state affiliates. To mend these rifts, we must set aside pride and extend a conciliatory hand to estranged affiliates, fostering dialogue and facilitating reconciliation. In Michigan, for instance, it’s imperative to cease litigious pursuits that only deepen existing schisms and instead earnestly tackle underlying issues. To preempt further disaffiliation, we must establish transparent communication channels devoid of punitive measures, allowing for a constructive exchange of concerns and needs.

A second pivotal objective hinges on the democratic mandate conferred by the National Convention’s electorate. It is incumbent upon us to elect officers who authentically represent the diverse spectrum of our party. Subsequently, we must cultivate a culture of professionalism and mutual respect within the LNC. Despite shared ideological leanings, the current committee has been marred by internal divisiveness, a pattern not unfamiliar to its predecessors. Moving forward, we must commit to civil discourse, acknowledging that disagreement can coexist with camaraderie. By embracing inclusivity, even amid ideological variance, we fortify our collective resilience. This ethos extends to our state affiliates, where occasional discordance with the LNC’s direction necessitates empathetic engagement rather than exacerbating division.

Lastly, we must realign with the foundational objectives of the Libertarian Party. Our raison d’être encompasses the election of candidates, safeguarding and attaining ballot access, and disseminating the principles of Libertarianism to the public. Regrettably, recent endeavors have veered off course, diverting resources from these primary objectives. Streamlining our focus entails devolving certain responsibilities to state entities while rededicating ourselves to our core mandates. By recalibrating our priorities, we ensure a more judicious allocation of resources, optimizing our efficacy in advancing the party’s agenda.

Paul Darr has lived in California, Oregon, Colorado, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul is also an Army Veteran, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the political spectrum Paul is a Libertarian that advocates fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Paul is currently employed as an IT Manager and is a father of a handsome boy and beautiful daughter. In his free time Paul enjoys reading, using and modifying open source software, gaming, and several other geeky pursuits

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