Gary Johnson (TX): Application to fill LNC Secretary vacancy

Letter from Gary Johnson (TX) to LNC below the divider. We’ve also received applications from Chuck Moulton and David Blau. Mr. Johnson previously sent an email with just his bulletin point LP titles resume, which we had also posted as his application for the At Large vacancy at the last meeting; since there was nothing new, I just linked that article from the other application articles. However, he has now sent us this additional statement about his application for Secretary specifically, so I am posting this as a separate article. These three applications are the only ones we actually have so far, although it is rumored that we will get one from Alicia Mattson. We could get more applications from now until January 24. I’ll be on the road and may not be able to help with posting them if we do, but I’ve sent emails to LNC and IPR writers asking them to work together so we give all applicants equal coverage. Here’s what we received from Gary Johnson (TX):


Gary for Secretary: Tanned, Rested, and Ready!

To the National Committee,

The upcoming vote for secretary may seem like deja vu. After running for an at large vacancy, I am running for secretary.

So, why am I running? And why should you vote for me now if you did not vote for me last time?

This election is not the same. This time is different.

This is about more than replacing Ruth Bennett’s vote on the National Committee. This is about more than which faction has more support. This is about a job. That job is the job of national secretary.

Yes, I know what the national secretary does. I did it.

I have been the recording officer of the Party. I performed the duties. During my term I attended all meetings of the National Committee and the national convention. I kept the minutes and records.

I know what reports are required by the Bylaws, the Convention Rules, and the Policy Manual. I prepared them. I conducted LNC roll call votes. I counted national convention ballots. I posted approved minutes and notices. I calculated the apportionment of delegates and alternates from each state and D.C. to the national convention. Been three, done that.

I know all about mail ballots. When I was national secretary, mail ballots were by mail. Not e-mail, mail.

My record speaks for itself.

And I am still doing it. I am the secretary of my state and county parties.

And, by the way: No, my activities at the state and local level will not prevent me from performing the duties of national secretary. When I served as national secretary, I was simultaneously the secretary of my state and county parties, then.

Before I was secretary, I served on the LNC for 4 terms as a regional representative and 2 terms at large. I had perfect attendance for those 15 years. I have more years of experience on the National Committee than all of my opponents, combined.

And I did not just show up at the meetings. I served, for example, on the Advertising and Publications Review Committee, the Ballot Access Committee, and the Mailing List Committee. For a couple of years, I wrote the press releases for the national party and spoke on behalf of the party to reporters and radio talk shows.

This election is not about “stopping” the “enemy” from having a seat at the table. This is not about filling an at-large vacancy. This time really is different. It is about electing the secretary.

Gary Johnson
Former National Secretary of the Libertarian Party

—–

Gary E. Johnson
2001 Parker Lane, Apt. 134, Austin, Texas 78741
512-441-6378
sedition@aol.com
Member since 1981, Member M-000025186

Libertarian National Committee:

* Secretary, 1 term.
* At-Large Member, 2 terms.
* Regional Representative, 4 terms.
* Served on the Advertising and Publications Review Committee, the Ballot Access Committee, and the Mailing List Committee and as Public Relations Manager.

Libertarian Party:

* Delegate, 14 conventions.
* Member, Credentials Committee, several conventions.
* Member, Platform Committee, 1 convention.
* Monthly Donor, Liberty Pledge.
* Life Member.

Libertarian Party of Texas:

* Secretary.
* Member, State Executive Committee.
* Delegate, State Convention, 16 conventions.
* Member, State Convention Credentials Committee.
* Newsletter Editor.
* Libertarian of the Year, 1990.
* Candidate of the Year, 1992.

Libertarian Party of Travis County:

* Chair.
* Secretary.
* Member, County Executive Committee.
* Newsletter Editor.

Libertarian Party Candidate:

* U.S. Senator.
* U.S. Representative.
* State Senator.
* State Representative.
* Presidential Elector.
* Non-partisan candidate for Mayor, City Council, School Board, and Community College Board.

No conflicts of interest.

I acknowledgment that my travel expenses are my responsibility.

8 thoughts on “Gary Johnson (TX): Application to fill LNC Secretary vacancy

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    Thanks for posting this, Paulie. I’ve been out on the field all day, and hadn’t had a chance. I promise to try to get to any others as soon as they’re sent to us. If the candidate wants to send it to me directly, my email address is stone@altrionet.com

  2. Wes Wagner

    Mr Johnson was one of the credential committee members who went with the program to vote to seat the Reeve’s delegation.

    I suggest that is a major challenge to any credentials for being party secretary.

  3. Jill Pyeatt

    Wes, thanks for the info that Mr. Johnson voted to seat the Reeves faction. I consider that very significant information.

  4. Steven R Linnabary

    While it is true that Gary voted for the Reeves faction, it may well have been because NOBODY spoke for the Wagner faction. And people from the Wagner group were asked to make a presentation.

    I was of the opinion that day that Gary could have voted either way, he didn’t appear to have any preconceived interest.

    Regardless of Gary’s reasons for this decision, he is trustworthy and capable.

    PEACE

  5. Jill Pyeatt

    I found this on the LNCDiscuss Public list:

    From: Gary Johnson sedition@aol.com>
    > Date: January 16, 2013 9:08:52 AM PST
    > To: chair@lp.org…(etc)
    > Subject: Gary for Secretary: Tanned, Rested, and Ready!
    >
    > To the National Committee,
    >
    > The upcoming vote for secretary may seem like deja vu. After running for an at large vacancy, I am running for secretary.
    >
    > So, why am I running? And why should you vote for me now if you did not vote for me last time?
    >
    > This election is not the same. This time is different.
    >
    > This is about more than replacing Ruth Bennett’s vote on the National Committee. This is about more than which faction has more support. This is about a job. That job is the job of national secretary.
    >
    > Yes, I know what the national secretary does. I did it.
    >
    > I have been the recording officer of the Party. I performed the duties. During my term I attended all meetings of the National Committee and the national convention. I kept the minutes and records.
    >
    > I know what reports are required by the Bylaws, the Convention Rules, and the Policy Manual. I prepared them. I conducted LNC roll call votes. I counted national convention ballots. I posted approved minutes and notices. I calculated the apportionment of delegates and alternates from each state and D.C. to the national convention. Been three, done that.
    >
    > I know all about mail ballots. When I was national secretary, mail ballots were by mail. Not e-mail, mail.
    >
    > My record speaks for itself.
    >
    > And I am still doing it. I am the secretary of my state and county parties.
    >
    > And, by the way: No, my activities at the state and local level will not prevent me from performing the duties of national secretary. When I served as national secretary, I was simultaneously the secretary of my state and county parties, then.
    >
    > Before I was secretary, I served on the LNC for 4 terms as a regional representative and 2 terms at large. I had perfect attendance for those 15 years. I have more years of experience on the National Committee than all of my opponents, combined.
    >
    > And I did not just show up at the meetings. I served, for example, on the Advertising and Publications Review Committee, the Ballot Access Committee, and the Mailing List Committee. For a couple of years, I wrote the press releases for the national party and spoke on behalf of the party to reporters and radio talk shows.
    >
    > This election is not about “stopping”; the “enemy” from having a seat at the table. This is not about filling an at-large vacancy. This time really is different. It is about electing the secretary.
    >
    > Gary Johnson
    > Former National Secretary of the Libertarian Party

  6. Roger Roots

    I endorse you Gary. As some IPR members are aware, I made a run for Secretary at the 2012 National Convention. I believe I came in 3rd place out of 4, getting 12 percent of the floor vote on the first ballot.

    In light of recent events I have thought about running for Secretary anew. However, I am simply too busy and I would probably perform even worse than Bennett given my current workload.

    I wholly endorse Mr. Johnson, one of the most intelligent and capable men in the LP.

Leave a Reply