NC Libertarians renew call for redistricting reform

LPNC Press Release

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina reacted to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rucho et al. v. Common Cause et al. – in which the court declined to overturn partisan Congressional district maps in North Carolina and Maryland – by redoubling its commitment to the creation of an independent, nonpartisan, open, and transparent redistricting process.

In May, the party endorsed the five principles of redistricting reform proposed by the Fair Districts NC Coalition.

Brian Irving, the LPNC’s liaison with the coalition, said today, “The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Rucho vs. Common Cause does not change our opinion about gerrymandering. Libertarians still believe it is wrong. We agree with Chief Justice John Roberts that gerrymandering is ‘unjust’ and with dissenting Justice Elena Kagan that it has ‘debased and dishonored our democracy.’

“Now that the court has ruled, it is time for the people to act. Libertarians support the broad, grassroots effort led by Fair Districts NC to end partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.”

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Ulmer Re-elected County Chair

David Ulmer was re-elected chair of the Wake Libertarian Party at the annual county convention April 24. Travis Groo was elected vice chair. Patrick Bowersox was re-elected secretary and Brad Hessel will serve another term as treasurer. Bruce Basson, former vice chair, will fill the at-large member position.

"It has been very personally rewarding to be a part of this group for the last few years," Ulmer said in his state of the party address. "We have made so much progress and are attracting some really quality people.”

David Ulmer, WakeLP chairWake Libertarians ran a record number of candidates in 2016 and received a record number of votes.

“People now coming to the party are people who are already leaders in their community, great family members, just really good people."

He cited as an example Tim Jowers, who ran for county commissioner. Sadly, Jowers and his family were killed in a car accident shortly before the election.

“We’re going to do really well in 2020, I really believe that. We will have people sharing a message about being positive .... spreading that message, people who are kind, compassionate people, talking to voters about issues that matter.”

The convention selected delegates to the state convention set for May 31 to June 2 at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. If you are a WakeLP member and want to go, contact David Ulmer.

The convention also revised the plan of organization.


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County Convention Set for April 24

Our annual county convention is set for April 24, beginning at 7 p.m. in our unofficial HQ, Tobacco Road Brewing Co. on Jones St. As the largest and most active Libertarian affiliate, Wake LP is leading the way in showing the state how we can Wake Up Liberty across North Carolina. Come join us, meet old friends, make new ones, join in the lively discussion, and enjoy great beer and free food.

Here’s the agenda:

1. State of the Party Address by David Ulmer, WakeLP Chair

2. Financial Report by Brad Hessel, WakeLP Treasurer

3. Keynote: Liberty at Wilmington. Matt Clements, Co-chair of the LPNC convention committee, will give us the exciting news about the 2019 Libertarian Party of North Carolina State Convention to be held May 31 to June 6 at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. Book your Early Bird Package now before prices change in April.

4. Consideration of proposed changes to the Plan of Organization. Following a brief discussion will move to an up or down vote.

5. Election of officers for 2019-21: chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and one at-large member. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact someone on the executive committee.

6. Election of Delegates to the State Convention. We have 52 delegates, the largest county delegation in the state.

7. Consideration of a resolution to close Libertarian primaries, by Brian Irving. 

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