NYC Libertarians nominate new candidates for Mayor, Comptroller

Via Steven Berson in IPR comments:

2nd New York City Libertarian Party Convention this evening, Tuesday June 11 nominates new candidates for Mayor and Comptroller.

After having determined that the results held at the previous nominating Convention on April 9, 2013 were not valid due to credentials of the voters not having been properly validated a new Convention had been called for this evening at and begun at 7:30pm at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 Second Ave. in Manhattan.

Attendance was approximately 25 with 19 credentialed attendees voting.

At the previous Convention current Republican Party candidate Joe Lhota gained the nomination for Mayor – but he declined this nomination. In the author’s opinion this decline made sense as Lhota espouses views on a number of issues that are far from libertarian.

Nominated [for the mayoral nomination] at tonight’s Convention were Michael Sanchez (current Political Action Coordinator for the Brooklyn Libertarian Party) and Sam Sloan (as well as the option to vote for N.O.T.A.). By well over 2/3rd’s majority Michael Sanchez was nominated.

Following nominations for Comptroller were heard. Kristin Davis [who was nominated at the previous convention] was not in attendance but was nominated by Manhattan LP Chair Janet Hopf. Also nominated was Hesham El-Meligy of Staten Island. A round of questioning found that Mr. El-meligy strongly supported the Libertarian Party’s platform, and had an accounting background necessary to be qualified for the Comptroller position. Hesham El-Meligy was nominated by over 2/3rd’s of the majority.

For the position of Public Advocate a person not in attendance whose name I missed was nominated – but lost out to N.O.T.A.

24 thoughts on “NYC Libertarians nominate new candidates for Mayor, Comptroller

  1. Andy

    “Attendance was approximately 25 with 19 credentialed attendees voting.”

    This is pretty poor attendance for a city the size of New York.

    “Also nominated was Hesham El-Meligy of Staten Island. A round of questioning found that Mr. El-meligy strongly supported the Libertarian Party’s platform, and had an accounting background necessary to be qualified for the Comptroller position. Hesham El-Meligy was nominated by over 2/3rd’s of the majority.”

    This guy could be a fine fellow, but that is a name which most Americans are going to find difficult to pronounce.

  2. paulie Post author

    that is a name which most Americans are going to find difficult to pronounce.

    Not a reason not to run a candidate, though.

  3. Steven Berson

    Andy – I agree that attendance was poor. fwiw – it was at least double for the previous Convention, and during the National elections in 2012 garnered more like 120.

  4. paulie Post author

    it was at least double for the previous Convention

    If you mean the one that nominated Lhota – it was packed with Giuliani supporters.

  5. Deran

    “that is a name which most Americans are going to find difficult to pronounce.”

    The fellow is running for Comptroller of New York City, not Cedar Rapids.

  6. paulie Post author

    Yeah, NYC has a lot of people with “names which most Americans are going to find difficult to pronounce.”

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    Heck, I remember saying there’s no way Obama would win the Presidency, since his name is so smilar to Osama bin Laden–shows you how much I know!

  8. Andy

    “paulie // Jun 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Yeah, NYC has a lot of people with ‘names which most Americans are going to find difficult to pronounce.’”

    It would certainly be a difficult name for people to chant at rallies, or to remember from seeing it on a sign.

    I’m not saying that the guy is not a good candidate or should not run, I’m just saying that his name is not one that will be easy for voters to remember.

  9. Andy

    “Jill Pyeatt // Jun 12, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Heck, I remember saying there’s no way Obama would win the Presidency, since his name is so smilar to Osama bin Laden–shows you how much I know!”

    He looks like a black guy, or at least a light skinned black guy, plus having the Democratic Party machine behind him didn’t hurt either.

  10. Be Rational

    @13 How much “chanting at rallies” have you seen for candidates for City Comptroller?

  11. Andy

    “Be Rational // Jun 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    @13 How much ‘chanting at rallies’ have you seen for candidates for City Comptroller?”

    It’s true that City Comptroller is an office that most of the public does not pay attention to. I was just making the point that the guy has a name which many voters will find difficult to pronounce.

  12. Andy

    “paulie // Jun 12, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Yeah, but how many Americans could pronounce ‘Barack Obama’? LOL”

    Barack Obama is an easier name to pronounce.

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