2018 LPMN State Convention

Cambria Suites Hotel, 9655 Grove Circle N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Registration is open for an action-packed 2018 convention on Saturday, April 14! It will feature elections to decide on platform changes, LPMN party leadership, delegates to the national convention, and candidates for 2018 races! There will be one big presentation room after lunch with a half dozen educational presentations by local leaders and activists. There will be mingling and networking and hospitality suites. Headlining after the dinner buffet you’ll see a Liberty studded line-up of speakers with Kevin Fortune, Larry Sharpe, and Radley Balko! Come be part of the excitement of the Libertarian movement!

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The event of the year, don’t miss it!

The convention schedule and attendance package options are listed below and will continue to be updated with additional speakers and workshops.

The convention is an “open media” day. All who attend are free to record the proceedings and speakers, and post them online as they wish. (An exception is the morning Business Session.)

The LPMN Hospitality Suite and the will be open during the convention and hosting after-hours events with opportunities for networking and refreshments.


8:30 am to 4:30 pm – ON-SITE REGISTRATION and BADGE PICK-UP
The registration and badge pick-up station is located in the lobby of the hotel, in front of the Main Convention Hall.

9 am to 12 midnight – LPMN HOSPITALITY SUITE
The LPMN Hospitality Suite, located up the stairs from the convention hall in room 201 or 301, is open all day and has coffee, tea, and rolls.

Have some mimosas and french toast, and chat about voluntary approaches and solutions to today’s challenges.

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9:30 am to 12:30 pm – BUSINESS SESSION:

The business meeting is in the Main Convention Hall. The detailed agenda will be provided separately at the time of the actual meeting to conduct the official business necessary within the Libertarian Party of Minnesota.

Estimated as follows:
9:30 am to 10:15 am – starting protocols, LPMN Leadership and Judicial Elections

The roster of open positions is as follows:

Executive Committee                                       Judicial Committee
Chair                                                                          At-Large (3 positions)
Vice Chair
At-Large (8 positions)

Meet our Current Candidates


10:15 am to 11:00 am  – candidate nominations

11:00 am to 11:15 am – LPMN representative delegate elections (and alternates) for the LNC national convention (happening June 30-July 3 in New Orleans). We have 19 delegate openings (please consider!).

11:15 am to 12:00 noon – bylaw and platform change proposals (details below)

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm – *extra time*

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm – lunch time, independently

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – afternoon speakers, times and topics and individuals.

Karl Landskroener – The LPMN welcomes Karl Landskroener, Field Director of FairVoteMN.  FairVote is a 501c4 organization that promotes Ranked Choice voting, or RCV methods for municipal (and larger) elections. FairVote was instrumental in bringing Ranked Choice Voting to Minneapolis & St Paul, and now has growing interest in communities like Rochester and St Louis Park.  Come learn about RCV and how FairVote is changing the way we think about voting.

Shane Wernsing, M.D. – Physician, LPMN and EC member, and endorsed 2016 candidate for MN Senate district 19, Dr. Wernsing will speak about
direct-pay medical care and bypassing the cost and inefficiency of insurance companies.  He welcomes questions about this and other interactions of liberty and medicine.

Joe McKenzie  – LPMN member, Career Coach, Radio Host, & Founder of  Ripple Connects Inc. “Walk the Walk by Stepping Up In Community  Leadership!” If you are a candidate seeking election, a citizen trying  to have a positive impact on your community, or a professional who  wants to supercharge your career, Joe has a singular technique with  real world, actionable items for you.

Loren Schirber – Developer of The East Yard Tiny Home Village  Cooperative, located on the east side of Saint Paul. The East Yard  will provide a cool, safe, affordable, eco-friendly urban living  option to people of all ages and backgrounds. There will be dozens of  homes amidst shared community resources such as a gathering center,  gardens, chicken coops, and bee hives.

Michelle Gross – Chair of Communities United Against Police Brutality,  a Twin-Cities based organization created to deal with police brutality  on an ongoing basis, providing a structure to empower local people.  Their ongoing project is the Committee for Professional Policing which  has been working to require police officers to carry professional  liability insurance.

5:00 pm to 6:15 pm – dinner buffer available on site (see ticket purchase options)

6:15 pm to 6:30 pm – Libertarian honors and/or memorials

6:30 pm to 6:45 pmKevin Fortune the “King of Liberty” is the CEO- Liberty America, Inc., a national organization dedicated to putting the fundamentals of liberty (individual freedom, free markets, smaller government, & nonaggressive foreign policy) in action.

6:45 pm to 7:30 pmLarry Sharpe (politician) is an American business consultant and political activist.  He is currently the Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York (2018).

7:30 pm to 8:30 pmRadley Balko is an American journalist, author, blogger, and speaker who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and writes about criminal justice, the drug war, and civil liberties for The Washington Post. Balko has written and published several books including The Rise of the Warrior Cop and The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist.

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm – *extra time*

9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight – commiserating in LPMN Suites!

Candidates for LPMN Leadership positions may announce in advance or from the Convention floor.  For candidates who announce in advance, if you notify the Convention Committee of your candidacy by March 31, 2018, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Posting of your candidacy information to the LPMN website’s State Convention page
  • Availability of one email blast to LPMN members with information about your candidacy, background, goals, etc. (email subject to review and approval by the Convention Committee)

All candidates are responsible for distributing any literature about themselves to the Convention attendees on the day of the Convention.  Candidates will be allowed time to speak to the Convention delegates according to time allotments determined by the Convention Committee.

If you would like to pre-announce your candidacy for any of these positions, please send an email to chris.dock@lpmn.org with your name, the position you are seeking, and a paragraph or two about your candidacy.  This email needs to be submitted by March 31, 2018 in order to be included in the advanced communication materials.

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Platform Change Proposals

At each LPMN State Convention, Platform changes may be proposed and voted on by the eligible delegates in attendance. Modifications to the Platform need a 2/3 majority of “Aye” votes in order to pass; an abstention from voting on a Platform change is the equivalent of a “Nay” vote. The persons who submit Platform change proposals will be responsible for presenting the proposed changes to the Convention delegates.

If you have Platform changes you would like to propose, you may submit them in advance or from the Convention floor. For Platform changes announced in advance, if you submit your change to the Convention Committee by March 31, 2018, your proposal will receive the following benefits:

  • Posting of the proposed Platform change to the LPMN website’s State Convention page
  • Inclusion of the proposed Platform change in an email blast to LPMN members in advance of the Convention
  • Distribution of the proposed Platform change in hard-copy form to the State Convention attendees
  • Overhead presentation of the proposed Platform change during the Platform discussion

If you would like to submit a proposed Platform change, please send an email to chris.dock@lpmn.org with your name, the Platform component you are proposing to change, and the updated content of the affected Platform component.  This email needs to be submitted by March 31, 2018 in order to be included in the advanced communication materials.

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