The LPNH Convention on March 18th was a big success. We had over twice the delegates at this convention than we did in September and a well-planned banquet with great speakers. The previous LPNH Executive Committee were all reelected and given a chance to show what they can do with a full year of working to grow this party. As a side note, 3/5th's of the LPNH Executive Committee are made up of LP Seacoast members: Rodger Paxton as Vice Chair, Jilletta Jarvis as Secretary, and Brian McQuade as Membership Chair. In addition to this, LP Seacoast picked up three new members from our convention all of which will likely be in attendance at our recently changed convention date.
During the business session of the convention, Patrick McKnight our regional representative spoke, as well as Libertarian State Representative Caleb Q. Dyer on why he converted to the Libertarian Party. The banquet session saw candidate speeches from both Robert Lombardo (U.S. Cong. Dist 1) and Jilletta Jarvis (Governor), as well as a speech from Matt Philips, President of the Free State Project and keynote speaker Carla Howell, President of the Center for Small Government.
Due to an extension of 20 minutes for the LPNH convention, we decided to postpone the LP Seacoast Convention to allow those in attendance who were our members to mingle and network with the rest of the crowd. This was really a blessing in disguise as a few other members who planned on being there couldn't make it. As our convention will now be held in place of our regularly scheduled meeting on April 11th and in our normal locale of Portsmouth, our numbers will be much better represented. If you feel that you can make all or most of the meetings over the next year, consider running for the LP Seacoast Executive Committee.
The LPNH & LP Seacoast Convention will take place on March 18th, 2017 from 2pm-9pm at the Holiday Inn at 172 North Main St. in Concord. Key Note Speaker this year is Carla Howell - President of the Center for Small Government. Carla is an amazing Libertarian who has fought for the rights of the people since 1998. Come hear her wisdom regarding the future of Liberty. Patrick McKnight, our regional LNC representative will also be speaking at the event. Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note, if you are a member of LP Seacoast but not a member of LPNH, you may purchase the LPNH business & networking session for free, so that you may attend and participate in the LP Seacoast convention/business session; however, you will have to pay the LPNH non-member banquet & dinner if you plan on attending that.
The 8th Annual Rochester October Festival held on October 8th was the first for LP Seacoast as we look to get our name out into the communities we serve. Dave Stewart, Heather Boyle, and Brian McQuade were on hand to answer questions and provide liberty related literature to those who showed interest. The festival was fall themed and we had made ourselves as festive as possible with autumn decorations, in addition to that we offered free candy which most people can't avoid. The event lasted for 5 hours, there was music, food and an assorted number of booths for high school fundraising, retail ventures & of course political information.
During the event, we had over 40 people stop by as well as 15 people willing to take the political quiz and place their mark on the Nolan chart. In addition to that, we handed out some business cards for LP Seacoast and spoke to many liberty minded people who shared stories of their past as it relates to libertarianism. Thankfully the weather held out for us and it was a beautiful day. LP Seacoast would like to thank Jay York for helping out with the setup in the morning. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping with LP Seacoast outreach events, please put them in contact with anyone in the executive committee or fill out the volunteer form. Thanks again to everyone who made this a successful event.
Last night's election showed that there is a growing discontent with the two-party duopoly and many voiced that opinion by voting over 4% in the Governor's race for Max Abramson. This marks the first time in 20 years that New Hampshire has had ballot access. It will save the party thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours petitioning. Now is not the time for rest; however, one of the toughest things to do after gaining ballot access is retaining that access. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, and it only just started. In two years, we need to exceed this number to show improvement. In the coming weeks and months, we will be working to continue spreading the message of liberty. We encourage all New Hampshirites who are interested in preserving and expanding our liberties, to secure membership with LPNH, and all of those who are in Rockingham & Strafford Counties to secure membership with LP Seacoast. Thank you to everyone who voted libertarian, we look forward to your continued support.