2017 Director Election

Libertarian Party of Oregon
2017 Director Election Announcement

In odd-numbered years, the Libertarian Party of Oregon elects its 9-member Board of Directors.

Eligibility

To qualify to be a candidate for the Board, you must be registered to vote affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Oregon and you must have returned a ballot in the 2016 LPO primary election.

(The same qualifications are required to be eligible to vote in the director election.)

Responsibilities

The Board of Directors oversee the operation of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.  The LPO bylaws describe the specific authority and duties of the directors.

The major activities of the LPO in each election cycle are:

  • Conducting the LPO primary election
  • Processing nominations for the Oregon general election
  • Conducting the LPO director election
  • Arranging and holding the LPO convention
  • Interacting with the national Libertarian Party, including appointing delegates to the national LP convention

The board of directors meets approximately monthly (less in the slow seasons) and meetings are often about 2 hours.  Most work is done independently or in small committees with varying time commitments.

The board of directors is largely an administrative body — we have extremely limited authority related to public policy or advocacy.  You do not need to be an expert on Libertarian issues in order to be an effective director!

More useful are the practical skills of reading, writing, and applying rules, and being an effective participant in meetings.  Additional useful skills are experience in (or eagerness to learn about) event planning, fundraising, and communicating with Libertarians in Oregon.

Filing Instructions

To become a candidate, you may use any of these methods:

  1. Send a letter to the LPO, PO Box 1099, Wilsonville OR 97070.
  2. Send e-mail to the Chair, Lars Hedbor.
  3. Post your interest on the LPO Facebook group.

The deadline to file (or withdraw) your candidacy is April 4 has been extended to April 11.

(Ballots will be mailed beginning on April 18, and must be completed and returned by May 9.)

Filing a Candidate Statement

The LPO will publish a Libertarian Voters’ Guide for this election — similar to the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet — containing statements from the candidates.  Statements may be submitted by letter or e-mail to the addresses above, and have the same deadline as filing for candidacy.

See §III(I) of the 2017 Director Election Rules for details about the content of and the filing fee for a candidate statement.

Litigation

The Libertarian Party of Oregon has been involved in litigation for several years regarding party bylaws and governance. The matter is currently before the Oregon Court of Appeals. It is possible that elected directors may become parties to that lawsuit, although that did not happen to the 2013 and 2015 directors.