Sunday, March 7, 2010



LIBERTARIANS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES

Further to the post. We must follow all the same requirements as any other party and filings must be made according to the same time frames as any other party that votes using the convention process. I refer you to the following

And note the difference between Primary elections and Election Day requirements. Monday March 8 is the last day to get an application prepared, notarized and into our hands. We will nevertheless verify all requirements before March 13.

We are always looking for folks with enough courage and patriotism to give the voters a choice, even if only to make a statement that you disagree with the status quo. I disagree often with Bobbie WC (Drew, now that was a Marie Barone - LOL) but would support his nomination though I might not vote for him in the election. The voters need choices on the ballot to really assure Liberty.

As a final comment - I have requested a final determination from our State legal staff just to be sure as I have received some conflicting advice in the last few days.

Lastly, we are not just looking for candidates at this late date we are always doing that. We are also looking to help folks who want to run for non-partisan races as well. The one thing that all Libertarians agree on is that we all have the right to our own views of what freedom is. My view is somewhat different than many of my contemporaries especially on immigration where it was debated in detail in the National Libertarian Journal as I tend to support more open kind of policy than many in other parts of the country.

Our members support views from anarchist (very few) to much more conservative or socially progressive. Freedom is the bottom line..

13 comments:

Fred Drew said...

As a final comment - I have requested a final determination from our State legal staff just to be sure as I have received some conflicting advice in the last few days.
Lastly, we are not just looking for candidates at this late date we are always doing that. We are also looking to help folks who want to run for non-partisan races as well. The one thing that all Libertarians agree on is that we all have the right to our own views of what freedom is. My view is somewhat different than many of my contemporaries especially on immigration where it was debated in detail in the National Libertarian Journal as I tend to support more open kind of policy tan many in other parts of the country.
Our members support views from anarchist (very few) to much more conservative or socially progressive. Freedom is the bottom line..

Anonymous said...

From your http://lptexas.org/content/candidates link

"2. Mail the original notarized form in as soon as possible to the Libertarian Party of Texas, PO Box 41059, Austin, Texas 78704. We need them by 5:00 PM Jan 4th so we can deliver our list to the Secretary of State. FAX your notarized form to: 512-233-0613 before 5 PM on Monday, January 4th."

It's January 4, not March 8 as you claim.

"a) County Conventions will be held on March 13th at a time and place designated by your county chair. Anyone who wants to run for a county-level office can be nominated at this county convention. State Senate and Representative Districts formed entirely within one county’s border can also be nominated."

You can nominate based on the people that filed on or before January 4.

From your http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2010dates.shtml link

"First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY) (filing deadline for other political subdivisions may vary)" is July 25, 2010. "Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)" is 30 days later.

That is the difference. You are seeking candidates for state and county partisan politics. The state secretary's office, however, is referencing first day to file for local political subdivisions like city and school districts which are generally nonpartisan. You are mixing apples and oranges. I believe you are right in one thing, filing deadlines do vary for other political subdivisions. If you are running as an Independent, Democrat, Republican, Green or Libertarian, you must file before January 4th.

While you get your head wrapped around all this, I just gotta know where did you come up with March 8 as the filing deadline? It is the filing deadline for an election on May 8.

BobbyWC said...

I wnet to the link also and assumed based on Drew's total statement he was refering to helping people generally who are interested in the May election - I will leave that for Drew to verify

Fred Drew said...

To clarify. I meant it exactly as Bobby described.
However, in the event that we are wrong I want to afford any one with the courage, every legal possibility so we will verify with our legal staff in every instance.
I have received such a volume of new information from the State offices in preparation for the coming conventions it is confusing.
We are open to preparation for candidacy at any time.
Some may not be eligible immediately because of time frames or they voted in a primary.
If the time frame for filing is closed whenever you send an application to us, we will advise you by return e-mail and keep you in mind and advised according to your wishes.

Anonymous said...

I don't disagree that Drew and you want to help candidates at anytime. Both of you are covering for each other on the election date. It doesn't help either of you.

Bobby, how could you assume in total Drew was referring to the May elections? Libertarians have never nominated anyone for a port or trustee at their convention to run in May. Why it's because those elections don't have a political party affiliation. If that were the case, those officeholders now would be Democrats. Since when has this happened?

Fred Drew, you couldn't have meant May either. The general election is in November. You even made reference to election date and the primary and the different rules governing as even I referenced. You had to know you were specifically referencing the November date because your party doesn't nominate anyone for local political subdivisions like the port, college, and city in May.

If both of you want to keep playing see no evil, fine by me. You both know you are mistaken, however, innocent you may think it is. The closing date has passed. Just admit it.

One final thought, how long has this been the norm for local and state Libertarians to have the same deadline as the two major parties? How long has Chairman Fred Drew placed people in nomination after the uniform filing date deadline violating party rules and possiblyl the election code? How many years have Libertarians had their names on the ballot when the election code calls for a write-in slot only for the general election? You still have the write-in option, but not the name and party affiliation written on the ballot.

I'm all for choice, but please do it under the same rules and confines of the election code. I hope for your sake that it was only this year because under your frail health it would be completely understandable. But if this is not new or very recent, there is no excuse for a man of your caliber to make such a mistake. I would hate for a scandal to hit your local party. You are our only hope for choice. This we all agree.

The power of the people said...

Good evening readers,
I have a question for Bobby, why don't you run for office at city or county level? You are well informed, but above all you are well educated.
Just thought I ask

BobbyWC said...

Dude, I have no idea why you seek to make an issue where one does not exist - U guess the gotcha game is all some people have.

This is what Drew said - which clearly supports his position he was refering to the May Elections.

"We are also looking to help folks who want to run for non-partisan races as well."

The guy is just trying to encourage people to run. We should be encouraging anyone who tries to get people to run. This is why I chose to publish the announcements. this is why I refuse to publish negative comments aboutthe loosers after the primary -

BobbyWC said...

As to running for office _ I dod not play well with others

BobbyWC said...

ON running - my mind works as a problem solver - I see a problem I tackle it without fear of failing - if you fear failing then you will never challenge yourself - also failure is key to success - it takes failure to learn the correct way to solve problems.

Politicans are meeting type people - not problem solver people -

I have worked on several campaigns over the years - candidates and workers hate proble solvers - they lover meetings and creating slogans and gimmicks.

Anyway the way my mind works would just anger every politician out their - there is no room for problem solvers - there is only room for people promoting what they want.

A true problem solver will look to what works and use it - it does not matter the source - left right, Dem Repub - you see the problem you solve it.

Fred Drew said...

In reply to anonymous. At no time has there ever been a case that any candidate was nominated late. We have not had a County level candidate file in my time in the party.
The only case where a local candidate filed with the county party was in the 2006 election in the State District 38. Representative when the nominee passed away during the campaign and a replacement was nominated and received broad news coverage as would the public question today and the inquiries I have already received would indicate.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to spoil the party but anonymous is right. Drew was writing for a bunch of posts about November. He even specified getting a notarized paper "in our hands". It wasn't til the umpteenth post did he mention helping in nonpartisan races. He messed up and the coverup could be worse than the crime.

BobbyWC said...

So you are saying people are too stupid to read this was in the original post.

"We are also looking to help folks who want to run for non-partisan races as well."

I grow hopelessly bored with you gotcha people - get a life and move on - no more comments

Truth said...

Mr. Editor, are you promoting liberaterian candidates or getting people to run for positions, isn't it kind of late???
What exactly is the purpose of your blog???
Your comments are confusing!!!