I spent this last weekend at the Libertarian Party of Tennessee Convention and had an amazing time.
On Saturday, I was asked to give a talk on leadership and fundraising, and as a group we we able to raise over $1500 for Jim Tomasik’s campaign. He is running in a special election for State Rep.
They had 93 delegates and over 100 people in attendance. They more than doubled the attendance from last year and I could easily see why. They are focused on getting Libertarians elected, they are focused on the local level, and they are focused outward. They are not focused on arguing the finer details of Libertarianism, like some Libertarians are. I’m sure you’ve had the “I’m more Libertarian than you conversations.” Yeah, I didn’t hear any of that and it was refreshing.
I also heard great talks from Libertarian County Commissioner Michael Fulbright on the importance of running for office as a Libertarian and from Glen Jacobs, former WWE wrestler “Kane” about going out into the community and making friends and building relationships before promoting Libertarianism.
On Sunday, there were 53 people in attendance for our full day “Foundational Leadership” seminar. This was our largest live class ever. This was also the first live seminar where we used Larry Sharpe’s campaign organization course.
What I experienced was unity and a track record of action. There are some members lobbying the legislature, some are running for State and local office, some members are working in policy, fundraising, campaign management, media, press, data management, or communications. I left the event inspired and motivated.
I am actually going to be ramping up my efforts to recruit more members in Washington State, because Tennessee thinks they are going to pass us up in per capita membership numbers. Sorry fam, not going to happen. ;-) (but I will help however I can anyways. Join the LP here- https://www.lp.org/membership/)
Let’s win more elections.
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."