Document:California Press Release 16 February 1999 Libertarians Elect New State Officers

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Sacramento, CA 95814
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For immediate release: February 16, 1999
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 486-1776

Libertarians elect new state officers at party convention

SAN JOSE -- Delegates to the Libertarian Party of California's annual convention -- held this weekend in San Jose at the Doubletree Hotel -- elected the state officers that will lead the party for the next two years.

Mark Hinkle of Morgan Hill was re-elected state chairman with 54% of the delegate vote. His opponent, Jon Petersen of Grass Valley, received 43%. "None of the Above," an option required on every ballot by party voting procedures, received 3%.

Rodney Austin of Fresno was elected Northern Vice Chair with 69% of the vote. Jeffrey Sommer of Hayward received 28%, while "None of the Above" received 3%.

Ted Brown of San Gabriel, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, was elected Southern Vice Chair by acclamation in an unopposed race.

Sandi Webb of Simi Valley, who served two terms on that city's Council from 1990-1998, was elected Secretary with 51%. Tammy Austin of San Rafael received 45% and "None of the Above" received 4%.

In the closest race of the day, Eric S. Lund of Sacramento was elected Treasurer in a runoff. On the first ballot, Aaron Starr of Simi Valley received 37% to Lund's 36%, Eric Fine of Los Angeles received 26%, and "None of the Above" received 1%. On the second ballot, with Fine eliminated, Lund received 51% to Starr's 42%. "None of the Above" received 7%.

In addition to the five state officers, five At-Large members to the state's Executive Committee -- the body in charge of state party affairs -- were elected to one-year terms. They are:

  • John Scott Ballard of San Bernardino
  • Elizabeth Brierly of San Jose
  • Jose Castaneda of South Gate
  • Steve Marsland of Pacifica
  • Perry Martin of Los Angeles

In addition, Jonathan Richter of Fresno and Steven Alexander of Santa Clara were elected At-Large Alternates to the state Executive Committee.

For summaries of all convention business sessions, visit the Libertarian Party of California web site at The state party's next convention will be held February 18-21, 2000, in San Diego.