On April 11th, the Libertarian Party of the Seacoast New Hampshire held their first annual convention. Fourteen of our twenty-four members were in attendance. All bylaw proposals were approved and elections for new officers were held. Brian McQuade was re-elected as chair of the party, and Nicholas Boyle was also re-elected as Secretary. First-time appointments included Brian Shields as vice chair, Forrest Osterman as Treasurer and Gary McGath as the at-large member to round out the executive committee.
In addition to this, the Event Coordinating Committee was reauthorized with Robb Goodell as chair and the Campaigning Coordinating Committee was created with Brian Shields as Chair, this committee will work regionally at times with the LPNH Campaign Coordinating Committee to offer assistance and resources for members wishing to seek office.
LP Seacoast has a door to door event taking place on April 23rd at 2 pm in Dover, contact us for more details if you are interested. We'll be notifying residents that they may now register as libertarian and we're also seeking new members. We'll have many more of these events later on this year.
The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast New Hampshire was formed in June of 2016 and became the first regional affiliate of LPNH in September of 2016. LP Seacoast covers Strafford and Rockingham Counties. If you're interested in getting involved, contact us. LP Seacoast meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm at the Praxeum in Portsmouth, NH and is open to any members of the public who would like to attend.
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.
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.