Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party

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Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party
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General Information
Jurisdiction: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford Counties, Michigan
Established: 2018
Status: Active
Officers
Chair: Peter Biskupski
Vice-Chair: Ben Schultz
Secretary: David Holmer
Media
Website: Website

Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party (NWMLP) is an active affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

Leadership

As of June 2020

Early History

Northwest Michigan Libertarians was a group that formed in early 2017 from over six years of grassroots work by activists, Ben Schultz and Donna Gundle-Krieg. Their mission was to spread libertarian ideas throughout Northwest Michigan.[1] In April, the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, Bill Gelineau visited the group and gave them 5 delegate positions at the upcoming 2017 Lansing State Convention.[2]

On January 16, 2018, the Political Director of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, Gregory Stempfle gave an online presentation for the group about elections in northwest Michigan and filing requirements.[3] As a result, two libertarians were elected precinct delegates: Donna Gundle-Krieg for Antrim County[4] and David Holmer for Manistee County[5].

On March 27, David Holmer became the group's first Libertarian candidate for public office, announcing his bid for Manistee County Commissioner at a local library board meeting.[6] He also campaigned against the library millage based on libertarian platform of limited government and taxation is theft.[7] And, on April 26, Donna Gundle-Krieg represented the Libertarian viewpoint and party platform around limited government for Traverse City's "That's Debatable" event.[8] The event was two two-person teams facing off in formal debate, arguing the pros and cons of mandatory national service.[9]

In July, the group was given an additional two positions, bringing their total to seven delegates for the 2018 Romulus State Convention.[10] And, on August 25, delegates supported Bill Gelineau's nomination of Angelique Thomas for Lieutenant Governor and Gregory Stempfle on his nomination for Secretary of State.[11]

The group's largest event was on September 12, with Bill Gelineau returning to northwest Michigan as the Libertarian candidate for Governor for a public forum in Manistee, Michigan.[12] Also, Gregory Stempfle participated in the forum as the Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State, alongside David Holmer as the Libertarian candidate for Manistee County Commissioner and a number of city officials.[13]

In November, the group had two Libertarians on the ballot. Robert Clark ran for Arcadia Township Supervisor in a two-way race with a Republican. David Holmer ran for Manistee County Commissioner in a two-way race with a Democrat.[14]

2018 Candidates

  • David Holmer, Manistee County Commissioner District 7 Results: 26.3% (294 votes)
  • Robert Clark, Arcadia Township Supervisor (Manistee Co.) Results: 47.2% (218 votes)

Becoming an Affilliate

The Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party (NWMLP) was founded in November 2018. Its first affiliate chair was Donna Gundle-Krieg, who was succeeded by founding secretary Peter Biskupski.

In September, 2019, NWMLP held a BBQ Meet & Greet, which was attended by LEC members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan and Libertarian Presidential candidate Kim Ruff. It was considered a success with over three dozen attendees and gaining several new members of the Libertarian Party.[15]

2020 Candidates

  • Ben Boren, US Representative Congressional District 1
  • Racin' Jason Crum, State Representative 104th District
  • David Holmer, Manistee County Commissioner, District 7
  • Donna Gundle-Krieg, Mancelona Township Trustee (Antrim Co.)
  • Frank Pelky, Homestead Township Clerk (Benzie Co.)
  • Cory Dean, Blair Township Trustee (Grand Traverse Co.)

Past Officers, Committee Members, and Other Contacts

Chair
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Political Director
Outreach Director

References


Libertarian Party of Michigan
Affiliates: Capital AreaGeneseeLivingstonMacombNortheast Lower MichiganOaklandSouthwest MichiganWashtenawWayne-MonroeWest Michigan
Former affiliates: KalamazooSaint ClairSouth Central MichiganThumb AreaTri-CityWayne
Campus: Delta
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