Caryn Ann Harlos

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Caryn Ann Harlos
Libertarian National Committee
Predecessor: Alicia Mattson
Successor: incumbent
Region 1 Representative
Libertarian National Committee
Predecessor: Norm Olsen
Successor: Richard Longstreth
Communications Director
Libertarian Party of Colorado
Predecessor: Nathan Grabau
Successor: Lance Cayko
Personal Details
Occupation: Paralegal, Author, Activist
Residence: Castle Rock, Colorado
Party: Libertarian Party
Facebook: Facebook

Caryn Ann Harlos is the current Libertarian Party National Secretary and former Region 1 Representative on the Libertarian National Committee. She is also the Chair of the Libertarian Party Preservation Committee, former Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado, and former Colorado State Coordinator with the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus. She is also a Life Member of the Libertarian Party. She is married to Wayne Harlos who is the former chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.

Organizational Positions

Libertarian Party
  • National Party Secretary (July 2018-present)
  • National Social Media Team (August 2015-February 2018)
  • Region 1 Representative (May 2016-July 2018)
  • Advertising and Publication Review Committee (May 2016-present)
  • Historical Preservation Committee- Chair (January 2017-present)
  • Candidate Support Committee (August 2017-July 2018)
  • Bylaws and Rules Committee (2018)
  • Platform Committee Chair (2018)
  • Convention Voting Process Committee Secretary (2019-present)
Libertarian Party of Colorado
  • Social Media Chair (January 2015-March 2018)
  • Historical Committee (2016)
  • Standing Rules Committee (2016-2017)
  • Credentialing Committee- Chair (2016-2017)
  • Bylaws Committee (October 2016-March 2017)
  • Colorado Convention 2017 Planning Committee- Party Business Subcommittee Chair (2016-2017)
  • Communications Director (January 2016-March 2018)
  • Platform Committee- Chair (2015-2016)
  • Bylaws Committee (2015-2016)
  • Platform Committee- Chair (2016-2017)
  • Bylaws Committee (2016-2017)
  • Policy Manual Committee (August 2017- March 2018)
  • Platform Committee (2017-2018, 2018-2019)
  • Bylaws Committee (2017-2018, 2018-2019)
  • Standing Rules Committee (2018)
  • Platform Committee- Chair (2018-2019)
  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee (2018-2019)
  • Convention Oversight Committee - Business Planning Chair - Emergency Ad Hoc Convention Committee Chair (2019)
  • Membership Director, Declared Candidate (2019)
Libertarian Party of Douglas County
  • Libertarian Party of Colorado Constitution and Bylaws Committee- Douglas County Representative (2017-2018)
Libertarian Party of Douglas County (Development Group)
  • Bylaws Committee- Chair (October 2016)
Libertarian Party of California
  • Member (2019)
Libertarian Party of Ventura County
  • Member (2019)
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
  • Member (2019)
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
  • Convention Committee (October 2017- present)
  • Bylaws Committee (October 2017- present)
  • Platform Committee (October 2017- present)
  • Branding Committee (October 2016- present)
  • Colorado State Coordinator (April 2016- August 2017)
  • Platform Committee- Chair (October 2016- May 2017)
  • Bylaws Committee (2016)
  • Platform Committee (October 2015- March 2016)
  • Platform Committee (September 2017- present)
  • Policy Manual Committee (August 2017- present)
  • Standing Rules Committee (January 2018-March 2018)
2016 Gary Johnson Campaign
  • Libertarian Advisory Committee (July 2016- November 2016)

Convention Delegate

National Convention Delegate
Libertarian Party of Colorado Delegate

"Ballot Selfie" Lawsuit

On local TV news coverage of "ballot selfie" lawsuit

In 2016, Caryn Ann and several other defendants sued the Colorado Secretary of State, State Attorney, and Denver Attorney General over a Colorado statute forbidding the disclosure of the contents of one's own ballot.[1] This came in the wake of multiple similar suits, including a successful overturning of a similar law in New Hampshire.[2] View a copy of the Complaint and the Order for Injunctive Relief as well as a copy of the Colorado statute that was overturned.


Caryn Ann is an ideological anarchist/voluntaryist who has become distinguished for presentations on the Dallas Accord and the Statement of Principles. She is also widely known as a pro-life Libertarian having authored "Abortion and the Libertarian Conscience."[3] She is also a pacifist, but this is for religious, rather than political, reasons.

Radical Caucus

Caryn Ann has been a public face for the Radical Caucus and was a key mover in its formal organization prior to the 2016 National Convention. She was its Colorado State Coordinator from 2016-2017. She no longer maintains membership in any caucus believing that Party officers need to steer clear from any appearance of factionalism. She remains active in the community groups for both the Radical Caucus and the Mises Caucus.

Close the Back Door

At the 2018 national convention in New Orleans, Caryn Ann successfully organized an initiative to protect the Statement of Principles.

Convention Appearances

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Caryn Ann delivered a historical presentation[4] on the Statement of Principles and the Dallas Accord at these conventions:

Caryn Ann spoke as membership recruiter at the following conventions:

In her campaign for LNC Secretary Caryn Ann spoke at the following conventions/events:

Caryn Ann has been invited to speak at the following upcoming conventions (some tentative):

Training Seminars

Other Media Appearances and Interviews

Caryn Ann at 2016 National Convention, photo by Matt Welch
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  • Politico, May 2016[5]
  • The Washington Post, May 2016[6]
  • Reason "Hit and Run," July 2016[7]
  • Denver Post, August 2016[8]
  • Westword, August 2016[9]
  • The Johny Rocket Launchpad, September 2016, Episode 102[10]'
  • Colorado Independent, October 2016[11]
  • Tom Woods Show, February 2017, Episode. 844[12]
  • Reason Magazine, February 2017[13]
  • Libertopia Cartoons, February 2017[14]
  • Colorado Independent, May 2017[15]
  • Dankertarian Podcast, Ep 01, June 2017[16]
  • Colorado Public Radio, August 2017[17]
  • Reason "Hit and Run," September 2017[18]
  • Ask a Libertarian AMA Part One[19]
  • Ask a Libertarian AMA Part Two[20]
  • Westword, January 2018[21]
  • Reason "Hit and Run," February 6, 2018[22]
  • Washington Times, May 2018, [23]
  • Reason "Hit and Run," July 13, 2018[24]
  • Ask a Libertarian AMA December 6, 2018[25]
  • Reddit AMA May 29, 2019[26]

Libertarian Party Sponsored Appearances

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Other Noteworthy Appearances

Speaking at Warm Cookies of the Revolution December 2016
  • 2016 Nomination Speech for Libertarian Presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry (video not available)
  • 2016 Nomination Speech for Libertarian Vice-Presidential candidate Will Coly[29]
  • Clip on CNN promo on Libertarian Party[30]
  • Defending Markets at Warm Cookies of the Revolution, December 2016[31]
  • Libertarian Party Snapchat Takeover, January 2018

Video Channel and Podcast

Caryn Ann has a YouTube channel Pink Flame of Liberty and also hosts the Big L Podcast.


Caryn Ann also creates tutorials on how to participate in various Libertarian Party activities.

2017 Appointment to Platform Committee

At the LNC Meeting on April 15017, 2017, Caryn Ann was appointed to the Platform Committee for the 2018 Convention. In the first round of voting there was a 4-way tie between Adam Bates, Aaron Starr, Joe Henchman, and Caryn Ann Harlos. Those four were the only ones included in the second round which then had a tie between Aaron Starr and Caryn Harlos at 9 votes each (and a majority). In round three of voting Aaron Starr and Caryn Ann Harlos each received 8 votes, and Adam Bates received 6 votes. For the next round, the rules were suspended to allow only one vote rather than approval voting. In round four, no one received a majority with Aaron Starr receiving 8 votes, Caryn Ann Harlos receiving 6 votes, and Adam Bates received 3 votes. A motion to suspend the rules to appoint Aaron Starr failed and voting went to another round. In the fifth round, no candidate received a majority with Arron Starr receiving 6 votes, Caryn Ann Harlos receiving 8 votes, and Adam Bates receiving 2 votes. In round 6, Aaron Starr and Caryn Ann Harlos each received 8 votes, and Adam Bates received 1 vote. The rules suspended to have the results determined by a coin flip between Aaron Starr and Caryn Ann Harlos. The minutes describe the results as follows:

Using a New Jersey quarter which Mr. Redpath purportedly obtained from The Sopranos on his last visit, Mr. McKnight conducted the coin toss, and Ms. Harlos called the “New Jersey / tails” side of the coin. Ms. Harlos won the coin toss, thus she was appointed to the fifth position on the Platform Committee, and Mr. Starr was appointed as an alternate.

In February 2018, Caryn Ann and Alicia Mattson both sought the Platform Committee Chair position. The results came in as follow:

Voting for Mattson: Carling, Clift, Craig, DiBenedetto, Mattson, Robson, Van Horn

Voting for Harlos: Cholko, Fulner, Harlos, Knapp, Longstreth, Morris, Nanna, Perry, Rosenbeck, Scheetz, Watts

Express abstentions: Fockler, Miron

With 11 votes out of 18 ballots cast, Caryn Ann Harlos is elected as committee chair, having received a majority vote.

2018 Run for LNC Secretary

On February 28, 2018, Caryn Ann announced her run for LNC Secretary[32] and launched her campaign website in March 2018.[33]. Her campaign is managed by Sarah Daggers. She won against incumbent Alicia Mattson and fellow challenger Jeff Wood on the first ballot with 56.621% of the votes. Caryn Ann's campaign was ran with zero negative campaigning and in fact she was cited by Alicia Mattson in Mattson's campaign materials as someone who called Ms. Mattson "one of the best secretaries" she has ever worked with.

Popular Libertarian evangelist Larry Sharpe endorsed Caryn Ann for this position.

Notable Other Accomplishments

Caryn Ann is a paralegal with over twenty years of experience. She has also authored a book on Christian eschatology that had been used as a reference work in a class at Liberty University. She has appeared in radio shows and podcasts all over the world on this topic and was a guest lecturer at Appalachian State University. Caryn Ann has been involved in various other non-profit activist and service organizations including volunteering for a teen runaway and suicide hotline, regular head and assistant cook volunteer at Gold Coast Via de Cristo events, and served as Treasurer on the Gold Coast Via de Cristo Secretariat, as well as archivist of its banner collection spanning multiple decades.

Professional Memberships

  • NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) since 1999
  • NAP (National Association of Parliamentarians) since 2019

Past Volunteer Activities

  • Junior Class President, Blanche Ely High School (1984)
  • AM1400 Fill-In Talk Show Host (Approx 1991-1992)
  • Youth Crisis/Suicide hotline counselor with 1-800-Hit-Home (1997-1998)
  • Youth Evangelism Explosion Trainer (approx 2001-2003)
  • Junior Achievement Class Leader (approx 1998-2001)
  • WayFM office volunteer (approx 2004-2005)
  • Treasurer, Gold Coast Via de Cristo (approx 2006)
  • Head and Assistant Cook, Gold Coast Via de Cristo, multiple occasions in the 2000s
  • Speaker on Leadership and Ideals, Gold Coast Via de Cristo, several occasions in the mid-2000s
  • Historic Banner Preservation and Custodian, Gold Coast Via de Cristo (approx 2007-2008)

Autism Advocacy

In May 2019, after some profound life struggles, Caryn Ann was diagnosed with high-functioning ASD (autism spectrum disorder, f/k/a/ Aspberger's Syndrom) which has sparked in interest (of course it has!) in ASD issues in the Libertarian Party and bullying surrounding same. Caryn Ann was also diagnosed as a young adult with Obsessive Compulsion Disorder which she puts to good use for liberty. After the state convention in 2019, she became involved in a group of members expressing dissatisfaction with the then present Colorado leadership. One of her main complaints was what she felt was ableist bigotry and bullying in response to her disclosure of her autism diagnosis. The Libertarian Party of Colorado has made no official comment but it can be assumed they would dispute her assertion. She and Mike Seebeck started an alternative discussion group at Libertarian Party of Colorado Uncensored for LPCO members who believe they were wrongly silenced. She noted that the intention was for the group to be temporary, to be archived when the controversies between the various sides are eventually resolved.

Kratom and Pain Patient Advocacy

Caryn Ann speaks out regularly on how the "war on opiods" is victimizing pain patients and has been an advocate for kratom.


  1. "How a Libertarian plans to challenge Colorado’s ‘ballot-selfie’ law", Colorado Independent, October 21, 2016
  2. "Ballot Selfie Ban Violates Free Speech Rights", "FPP News, Volume 7, Issue 11"
  3. Independent Political Report, August 25, 2016
  4. "Caryn Ann Harlos on the LP Statement of Principles", Libertarian Party, May 3, 2017.
  5. Photo Gallery from the 2016 Libertarian Party Convention
  6. [ Libertarians pick Johnson and Weld ticket after close contest]
  7. "Did the Libertarian Radicals Lose Their Inter-Party Fight? Not So Fast, Says One"
  8. Small but growing number of Colorado voters shift to Green, Libertarian parties
  9. "How "Terrible" Trump and Clinton Help the Libertarian Party in Colorado and Beyond"
  10. Party-Archy, the Libertarian Wing of the Libertarian Party"
  11. How a Libertarian plans to challenge Colorado’s ‘ballot-selfie’ law
  12. After 2016, Where Is the Libertarian Party Today, and Where Is It Going?
  13. "Did the Libertarian Party Blow It in 2016?
  14. "Find What You Love and Let it Kill You"
  15. [ The Libertarian Party’s national archives now live in Colorado
  16. Larry Sharpe and Caryn Ann Harlos, Uniting the Clans
  17. Libertarianism Was Born In Westminster And Other Historical Party Facts
  18. "The Libertarian Party's Paid Membership Numbers Take a Dive"
  19. "Ask Me Anything Part 1"
  20. "Ask Me Anything Part 2"
  21. Kratom Ban in Denver Ripped by Libertarian Party of Colorado,
  22. Larry Sharpe, Libertarian Candidate for Governor of New York, Quits the Party's National Committee
  23. Libertarian Party rescues its original founding document from eBay
  24. Candidate Kicked Out of New Hampshire Libertarian Party Nonetheless on House Primary Ballot as a Libertarian
  25. "Ask Me Anything"
  26. AMA with LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos
  27. Meet the LNC: Caryn Ann Harlos, January 31, 2017
  28. Meet the LNC: Caryn Ann Harlos, July 20, 2018
  29. CSPAN coverage of 2016 Libertarian Party National Convention
  30. "Why you should care about the Libertarian Party in 2016"
  31. "The People vs. Capitalism"
  32. Facebook Announcement
  33. Pink is the New Gold