New officers of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County were elected at its Annual Convention, held July 5th, 2014 at the San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles.
Current Vice-Chair José Castañeda was elected Chair, Bruce Dovner was elected Vice-Chair, David Bowers was re-elected as Secretary, and Jonathan Jaech was elected Treasurer. Our long-time Treasurer, Dave Wire did not seek re-election and was roundly thanked by all for his decades of service to LPLAC, pre-dating its formation under its current Bylaws.
Jill Pyeatt, Laura Brown and Ted Brown were elected to the Judicial Committee. The separate regions caucused to select regional representatives. Representatives selected were – Edward Bowers for Region 61 (alternate Joseph Miranda), Bob Weber for Region 62, and David McDonald for Region 63. The other regions did not select representatives at the Convention; and those positions remain with the current representatives or are open.
The Convention began with a moment of silence for two individuals – Toni Nathan, the first woman and Libertarian to get an electoral vote, as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Vice-President in 1972, and Steve Collett from Region 66 who ran as the Libertarian candidate for the 33rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and was very active in the Party since joining.
The officers gave their reports. Vice-Chair, Jose Castaneda reported that LPLAC developed a brochure and an awards program in 2013-2014. The Treasurer reported that the the L.P of L.A. County is in good financial shape for the new Treasurer to assume responsibilities. The Secretary reported on the 2013 Convention and motions passed during the year. No amendments to the Bylaws were brought forward for this 2014 Convention.
Marcus Ruiz Evans with Sovereign California spoke about the concept of sub-national sovereignty for California, a status in which a nation has policy control except for the printing of money and maintenance of a national defense.
Leon Weinstein gave a closing speech which emphasized the need for us to focus on getting the government off everyone’s back.