California Convention 2020

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LPC Convention 2020
Convention
Dates: 14-17 February 2020
Location: Culver City, California
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An annual convention of the Libertarian Party of California was held 14-17 February (Presidents Day weekend) 2020 at the DoubleTree LA Westside in Culver City.

Major business of this convention was consideration of amendments to the LPC Platform and Bylaws, election of state party officials, and election of the California delegation to the 2020 LP presidential nominating convention. In addition, there were a number of activities relating to the upcoming presidential nomination.

Bylaws

The Bylaws Committee published a report prior to the convention. In addition, several other proposals were made, with advance notice, independent of the Bylaws Committee. Many of the proposals in both categories were never considered, due to issues of time and quorum. Amendments were adopted on the following topics:

  • minor correction to voting rule for Executive Committee at large members
  • expanding section regarding parliamentary authority to cover multiple documents
  • add language authorizing Executive Committee to meet by electronic communication
  • require Platform Committee to be appointed earlier and publish a report prior to convention
  • reword the "Purpose" to give emphasis to winning elections
  • establish "due process" requirements in membership suspension cases
  • specify that membership suspension action be done in open session if accused member requests that

Platform

Platform Committee meeting Friday afternoon.

The Platform Committee presented a report offering many options -- a number of proposals to replace the entire Platform with something else, and a number of amendments of the traditional sort to individual planks. The convention was asked to select one of the options to be considered first, and the proposal to replace the entire Platform with the national Platform had the most support. But this proposal did not have enough support to actually be adopted, and the convention recessed without considering any of the other options. Another proposal made on the last day to make a minor change to one plank also failed. So the net result was no change to the Platform.

Elections

Delegates lining up to vote Sunday morning.

Election to Fill Four Executive Committee At Large Positions

Eduardo Flores 69
Jillian Olsen 69
Rachel Johnson 64
Angela McArdle 62
Richard Fast 44
Mark Herd 36
Dawn Brosius 28
Jonathan Jaech 24

Election of At Large Alternates

Elected
Richard Fast - 1st alternate
Dawn Brosius - 2nd alternate


Delegates voting Sunday afternoon.

Election of Judicial Committee

Bob Weber 68
Alicia Mattson 67
David Bowers 60
Kevin Shaw 59
Chuck Hamm 55
Mark Hinkle 33
Gail Lightfoot 21
Roger Clark 21
Jonathan Jaech 1 (write-in)

Election of LNC Representative and Alternate

Election of National Convention Delegates

California was eligible to name 107 delegates to the national convention. There were more than twice as many people seeking these slots. Because the set of nominees included many from out of state, proposals were made to modify the selection process to give preference to California residents, but none of these proposals was adopted and the selection was done using the procedure outlined in the standing Convention Rules.

Note: Voting was done by ballot on the final day of the convention, but the results have not yet been announced.

Business Relating to Presidential Nomination

Presidential debate.

A number of candidates for the LP's nomination for President were present and actively campaigning during the convention, and several had tables in the exhibit area. The central event relating to the presidential nomination was a debate.

There were fifteen candidates present and interested in participating in the debate. Each was allowed a few minutes to introduce themselves during a session late Saturday afternoon. The delegates selected which six would be able to participate in the actual debate by casting up to five "tokens" each.

The debate itself was held on Sunday evening, 7-9pm. The moderator was Matt Welch. Video

Two straw polls were conducted, an "informal" poll immediately following the debate in which everyone present was allowed to vote, and the formal poll the following day in which only registered delegates could vote.

Announcing the results of the informal straw poll.
Informal Straw Poll (16 February 2020)
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jacob Hornberger 51 39.2%
Adam Kokesh 22 16.9%
Lincoln Chafee 19 14.6%
Jo Jorgensen 15 11.5%
Mark Whitney 13 10.0%
Vermin Supreme 8 6.2%
NOTA 2 1.5%
Official Straw Poll (17 February 2020)
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jacob Hornberger 30 36.6%
Adam Kokesh 19 23.2%
Lincoln Chafee 10 12.2%
Jo Jorgensen 8 9.8%
Vermin Supreme 6 7.3%
Mark Whitney 3 3.7%
Sorinne Ardeleanu 2 2.4%
John Monds 2 2.4%
Arvin Vohra 2 2.4%


Committees

Bylaws Committee

Platform Committee


Documents

Exhibitors / Vendors

The vendor/exhibit area was locate in the lobby immediately in front of the main meeting room. Participating were several presidential candidates as well as other kinds of organizations.

Lincoln Chafee table with HPC table in background
Adam Kokesh table