Libertarian Party to Convene in Frankenmuth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jim Fitzpatrick
HAZEL PARK. The Libertarian
Party of Michigan will hold its 2001
convention the weekend of May 4-6 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.
Aside from electing an executive committee for the coming year, the
most important event at the convention will be the kick-off of the party's
petition drive to restore its ballot status.
"Despite having 115
candidates who received an aggregate of more than 1.5 million votes, we lost
our status as a ballot-qualified party last fall," lamented state chair Stacy
Overall, the Libertarian Party actually did far better than
all of the other so-called "third parties" put together -- including the Reform
and Green parties, both of which retained their place on Michigan's ballot.
"The problem was the combination of our relatively poor showing in the
historically close presidential race and Michigan's unique ballot access law
that puts the fate of an entire party on the success or failure of its
The convention will also give LP members an
opportunity to amend their bylaws and platform.
Among the social events
will be a Friday night welcome party, a Saturday luncheon with Mackinac Center
for Public Policy president Lawrence Reed, and a Saturday evening banquet
featuring Liberty magazine editor (and Michigan ex-patriot) R.W.
The party's petition drive will formally commence on Saturday,
May 5, from which date LP members will have 180 days to collect 30,272
signatures of registered voters, according to Ballot Access Restoration
Committee chair Nancy O'Brien.
Press credentials for the convention may
be obtained by contacting convention chair Jim Fitzpatrick.