Libertarian Party of Colorado
|Libertarian Party of Colorado|
|Secretary:||Caryn Ann Harlos|
|Address:||MAIL ONLY: |
11757 W Ken Caryl Ave #F124
Littleton CO 80127
The Libertarian Party of Colorado (LPCO and formerly the Colorado Libertarian Party "CLP") is the state affiliate of the Libertarian Party for Colorado. Colorado is one of the original affiliates and was formed and active by the time of the first convention. It was officially affiliated on 11/25/72 at the LNC Meeting 25 November 1972 as per Document:LP News 1972 November Issue 11. Party co-founder David Nolan had served multiples on its boards and various committees. The state of Colorado has very generous rules for recognition as a minor party, requiring only 1,000 continuous voter registrations, and is of course, the birth place of the Libertarian Party. The LPCO is consistently in the top ten of affiliates by national membership size and since 2016 has maintained a Libertarian voter registration of over 1% of the registered voters.
Board of Directors
|Campaigns Director||Jacob Luria|
|Communications Director||Jordan Marinovich|
|Affiliate Development Director||Kyle Furey|
|Legislative Director||Nicholas Lance|
|Membership Director||Mike Ciesko|
|Fundraising Director||Erin King|
|Technology Chair (Appointed)||Reyd Dotson|
|Welcome Committee (Appointed)||Marc Montoni|
|Database Manager (Appointed)||David Aitken|
|Parliamentarian (Appointed)||Mike Seebeck|
Prominent Past Board Members
- Luke Zell- first Chair of the LPCO and the first affiliate chair in the country.
- BetteRose (Smith) Ryan - Fundraising Chair of LPCO 1994- 1998, State Chair 1999 - 2001, Libertarian National Committee: Alternate Region 1 Representative1996 -1998; Region 1 Representative1998-2000; At Large Representative 2002 -2004
- Nicholas Sarwark- former LPCO Vice-Chair went on to be national Judicial Committee Chair (2010-2012) and then national Party Chair from 2014-2020.
- Caryn Ann Harlos- former LPCO Communications Director, went on to be Region 1 Representative (2016-2018), national Historical Preservation Committee chair (2017-present), national Platform Committee Chair (2018), and then national Party Secretary (2018-present)
- Richard Longstreth- former LPCO Regions Directors, went on to be Region 1 Representative (2018-2020)
- Michael Seebeck - former LPCO Media Director, went on to be Libertarian Party of California Southern Vice-Chair (2010-11).
- Judicial Committees
|2021||Steve Gallant (Chair), Victoria Reynolds, Reyd Dotson, Bette Rose Ryan, Raymon Doane|
- Platform Committees
|2017||Caryn Ann Harlos (Chair), Martin Buchanan, Nathan Grabau, Wayne Harlos, Jack Woeher|
|2018||Clayton Casciato (Chair), Sarah Ellsworth, Caryn Ann Harlos, Michele Poague, Daniel Lutz, Michael Seebeck, Jay Stooksberry, Kevin Gulbranson|
|2019||Caryn Ann Harlos (Chair), Clayton Casciato, Wayne Harlos, Kat Martin, Michael Seebeck|
- Constitution and Bylaws Committees
|2018||Mike Seebeck (Chair), Kevin Gulbranson, Caryn Ann Harlos, Wayne Harlos, Scott Helker, Joshua Robertson|
|2019||Mike Seebeck (Chair), David Aitken, Caryn Ann Harlos, Wayne Harlos, Michele Poague|
|2020||Michele Poague, Kevin Gulbranson, BetteRose Ryan, Eva Koskinski (chair)|
|2021||BetteRose Ryan, Alan Hayman, John Hjersman, Beatriz Sutton, Eric Mulder, Joe Johnson,|
- 2017-2019 Policy Manual Committee
At the 1994 State Party Convention, the delegates changed the name of the affiliate from the Colorado Libertarian Party to the Libertarian Party of Colorado. Colorado Clipboard Volume 15, Number 6 (June 6, 1994) The change was needed so that candidates would be listed on the ballot as "Libertarian" rather than "Colorado Libertarian."
The LPCO does not currently have a physical office but uses a mailing address of 11757 W Ken Caryl Ave, F124 Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 837-9393.
- 2239 E Colfax, Denver, Colorado (circa 1977)
- 1041 Cherokee, Denver, Colorado (circa 1980-1984)
- 2186 S. Holly Street, #207B, Denver, Colorado 80222 (circa 1985-1987)
- 720 E. 18th Ave, #309, Denver, Colorado 80203, 303-837-9393, 800-211-5214 (circa 1988-2000)
- 6280 E 39th Ave #L, Denver, Colorado (2001-2002)
- 1660 S Albion, Denver, Colorado (2003-2004)
- 1425 Brentwood, Lakewood, (2005-2008)
- 6989 S. Jordan Road, Centennial (2008-2009)
Main article: Libertarian Party of Colorado Board Past Officials
Size and Influence
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2004 - 2016
1972 - 2003
Of Total LNC
Ballot Access History
Due to the tireless efforts of many, and noteably David Aitken, Minor Party Bill (HB98-1110) was signed into law in 1998, creating arguably the easiest ballot access for minor parties in the country. See: Libertarian Party of Colorado Ballot Access History.
It's Official: We're a Party!
Romer Signs HB-98-1110 DENVER, CO The Libertarian Party, America's third largest and fastest growing party, has become Colorado's first fully qualified minor political party. "This great news for the Libertarian Party and our 2,900 members in Colorado is due to Governor Romer's signing of HB-98-1110 on April 13," said Libertarian Party of Colorado Chairman Sandra Johnson, of Ft. Garland.
The new law redefines requirements for minor party status in Colorado, and significantly liberalizes the nomination process for candidates of those parties.
"We have made several minor changes to our party constitution and bylaws that will enable us to meet the new requirements," said Johnson. "These changes were passed by our members at our annual state convention, which was held April 24-26 at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood. We are in the process of applying to the Secretary of State for certification as Colorado's first official minor party."
"We thank Representative Ron Tupa (D-Boulder) and Senator Tilman Bishop (R-Mesa County), sponsors of HB-98-1110, the bi-partisan legislature, and Governor Romer for injecting some healthy and long overdue competition into the political process. For years, voters in Colorado and nationwide have been clamoring for more choices at the ballot box.
Indeed, we believe this lack of choice, not apathy, is the primary reason that only 48% of registered voters actually bothered to vote in the 1996 elections."
"We're looking forward to taking a much more active and visible role in Colorado politics," said Johnson.
"With the elimination of petitioning requirements for our candidates, for the first time we will be able to focus our efforts on actually winning races. Virtually all of our very limited resources have in the past gone to just getting our candidates onto the ballot."
"We're excited and encouraged by this long overdue change, as well as the unprecedented opportunities coming up this year," said Johnson.
"Due to term limits and other factors, we project that two-thirds to three-quarters of the races for the state legislature will not include an incumbent. The opportunities to elect a Libertarian to the Colorado Legislature have never been better."
After two gloriously successful years as Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, Sandra Johnson handed over the Party's leadership to Michele Bethke on April 26.
Thanks for the passage of HB-98-1110 must go to David Aitken, for writing the bill; Judd Ptak for constant lobbying with Ron Tupa, (D-Boulder), the House sponsor; and to everyone who called their Senator or Representative to persuade them to support this epochal bill.
Voter registration statistics as reported by Ballot Access News from 1995 forward and dehnbase.org/lpus/library/registration.html from 1980 - 1994. Voter Registration for 2004-present are from November months from http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/VoterRegNumbers/VoterRegNumbers.html
Registered Active are those who voted in the previous election. Registered Inactive are those who did not vote in the previous election. Both are counted as registered Libertarians in Colorado. See http://www.coloradoindependent.com/160209/colorado-voting-information and https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/rule_making/CurrentRules/8CCR1505-1/Rule2.pdf
|1977||December 10-11||Radisson Hotel||Denver||Roger MacBride |
|1979||April 28-29||Belvidere Theater||Central City||Ed Clark, Karl Hess |
|1980||May 24-25||Four Seasons Motor Inn||Colorado Springs||Ed Clark |
|1981||May 23-25||Ramada Inn||Fort Collins||Vernon Brown |
|1982||May 28-31||Broker Inn||Boulder||Alicia Clark |
|1983||May 27-30||Sheraton-Steamboat||Steamboat Springs||Murray Rothbard |
|1984||May 25-28||Holiday Inn-Northglenn||Denver||Paul Grant, David Bergland |
|1985||May 3-5||Holiday Inn||Aurora||Murray Rothbard, Larry Dodge |
|1986||May 2-3||Drury Inn||Colorado Springs||Marshall Fritz, Steve Givot, Jim Lewis |
|1987||May 22-24||--||Fort Collins||Russell Means, Ron Paul, Andre Marrou |
|1988a||May 27-29||University Park Holiday Inn||Fort Collins||Walter Block |
|1989b||May 26-28||University Park Holiday Inn||Fort Collins||Leon Louw |
|1990c||April 20-22||Lory Student Center/University Park Holiday Inn||Fort Collins||Walter E. Williams |
|1991||March 22-24||Evergreen Conference Center||Evergreen||Don Ernsberger |
|1992||April 20-22||University Park Holiday Inn||Fort Collins||Bruce Evoy |
|1993||April 23-25||Colorado College Conference Center||Crestone||Mary Ruwart |
|1994||April 29-May 1||Roundup Ranch||Sedalia||Durk Pearson, Sandy Shaw |
|1995||March 31-April 2||The Coach House Resort||Loveland||Thomas Szasz |
|1996||April 26-28||The Coach House Resort||Loveland||Michael Cloud, Rick Tompkins, Irwin Schiff, Jo Jorgensen |
|1997||April 18-20||Stanley Hotel||Estes Park||Michael Cloud, Mark Draper, Orlin Grabbe, Danny Hashimoto, Boston T. Party, Penn Pfiffner |
|1998||April 24-26||Sheraton Denver West Hotel||Lakewood||David Nolan |
|1999||April 23-25||Sheraton Denver West Hotel||Lakewood||Barbara Goushaw |
|2000||April 14-16||Best Western Executive Hotel||Denver||W. Earl Allen|
|2001||May 18-21||Best Western Executive Hotel||Denver||Bill Masters, Carla Howell, Russell Means, Reggie Rivers |
|2002||May 17-19||National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum||Leadville||Bill Masters |
|2003||April 4-6||Ramadan Inn||Colorado Springs||Vin Suprynowicz |
|2004||May 21-23||--||Estes Park||Mike Dixon, Mark Rutherford |
|2005||May 6-8||Friendship Hall||Montrose||Michael Badnarik |
|2006||May 13||Radisson Hotel and Convention Center||Denver||N/A |
|2007||May 18-20||DoubleTree Hotel||Aurora||Michael Badnarik |
|2008||March 8-9||Lory Student Center, Colorado State University||Fort Collins||Michael Badnarik |
|2009||May 16||Platte River Academy||Highlands Ranch||N/A |
|2010||March 20||Red Lion Inn||Aurora||N/A|
|2011||May 21||DoubleTree Hotel||Westminster||N/A|
|2012||March 17-18||DoubleTree Hotel||Aurora||David Bergland |
|2013||May 17-19||DoubleTree Hotel||Aurora||Michael Cloud |
|2014||March 28-30||--||Golden||Gary Johnson |
|2015||April 24-26||DoubleTree Hotel||Aurora||Larry Sharpe |
|2016||March 11-13||DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton||Colorado Springs||Susan Kochevar |
|2017||March 24-26||Westin-Westminster Hotel||Westminster||Laura Ebke, Arvin Vohra, Austin Petersen, Steve Kerbel |
|2018||March 23-25||Doubletree By Hilton||Thornton||Larry Sharpe, Laura Ebke, Nicholas Sarwark|
|2019||April 26-28||Hotel Elegante||Colorado Springs||Tom Arnold, D Frank Robinson, Robin Koerner|
|2021||May 21-23||Denver West Marriott||Golden||Spike Cohen|
|2022||March 12||Lily Fresh Farm Event Center||Keenesburg||Dave Smith|
c Convention held jointly with Utah and Wyoming
d Convention moved to online due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Constitution was merged into the Bylaws in 2021, so it no longer exists.
Special Rules and Standing Rules of Order
For historical governing documents see:
- Index of Colorado Libertarian Party Bylaws
- Index of Colorado Libertarian Party Constitutions
- Index of Colorado Libertarian Party Platforms
- Index of Colorado Libertarian Party Special Rules of Order and Standing Rules
- Libertarian Party of Adams County
- Libertarian Party of Arapahoe County
- Libertarian Party of Boulder County
- Libertarian Party of Chaffee County
- Libertarian Party of Delta County
- Libertarian Party of Denver County
- Libertarian Party of Douglas County
- Libertarian Party of El Paso County
- Libertarian Party of Jefferson County (Colorado)
- Libertarian Party of Mesa County
- Libertarian Party of Pueblo County
Manuals and Handbooks
All links that begin with https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net are dead (they refer to our old Nationbuilder site) and need to be replaced.
- Colorado Liberty, May 1998
- Colorado CLiPboard April, 1986
|State Organizations of the National Libertarian Party|