2022 LPMN State Convention

Saturday April 2nd – Sunday April 3rd 2022

Renaissance Hotel, 5500 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55437

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*All speakers and times are subject to change*



Dave Smith

A New York based stand-up comedian, radio personality, and political commentator. Dave can be seen regularly on “The Greg Gutfeld Show” and “Red Eye” on Fox News, as well as “Kennedy” on Fox Business Network. In 2013 Dave was featured as one of the New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He was also a featured performer on the New York Comedy Festival’s “New York’s Funniest” showcase in 2014 and 2015. Dave’s outlet for his social commentary is his podcast, “Part of the Problem,” and he is also a co-host of “The Legion of Skanks” podcast.

Dr. Jo Jorgensen

A long time Libertarian, activist and academic. She was the LP nominee for President of the United States in 2020 (with Spike Cohen as her running mate). She was also the LP nominee for Vice President in 1996 (as Harry Browne’s running mate). She is a full-time lecturer of psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina. Her presentation will share insights from past and future. It is titled “2020 Lookback for a Brighter 2024”


Avens O’Brien

A Libertarian, activist, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA. She is on the board of LitClub and Feminists for Liberty. She has been a contributor to The Libertarian Republic, Thoughts on Liberty, and Reason. She has been a repeat delegate from the LPCA, a former Vice Chair of the LPNH, and has worked on several national campaigns as a lifetime LP member. She is also a convention photographer.

Anthony Welti

Anthony is an accomplished libertarian activist who broke records for vote totals and raised the bar fundraising as a Libertarian candidate. He served as Spike Cohen’s Tour Manager in the 2020 election, was chairman of a county Libertarian Party chapter in 2017, and held multiple roles in the Libertarian Party of Washington. Anthony, his wife, and their son are currently traveling the nation spreading the message of self-ownership and creating liberty for themselves and others, while helping coach Libertarian candidates on how to run successful campaigns.

Spike Cohen

A Libertarian, activist, entrepreneur and podcaster. He was the Libertarian nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2020. He can be seen regularly on “Kennedy” on Fox Business Network, as well as in person when he frequently travels to support candidates. He last came to Minneapolis in 2021 to stump for Nate “Honey Badger” Atkins for Mayor. He will be addressing us from another location by video conference cast.


On-site Registration and Badge Pick-up will be located downstairs in front of the Main Convention Hall.

LPMN Hospitality Suite will be located at TBD and will be open (most of the time) for members and speakers to unwind and enjoy donated snacks and beverages.

Saturday, April 2, 2022:


Registration table opens

12.30 pm:


12:35 pm:

Gavel in. State of the Party address

12:45 pm:

Rules explained for voting and tokens system placement

Note: the requirement for all positions, and to be able to vote for them, and to be able to vote on platform/bylaws, is that you must be a current (dues paid) LPMN member for at least 45 days prior to the convention.

1:00 pm:

2022 Nominations (allowed from the floor) and Elections for LPMN Leadership (4 positions), Executive Committee (8 positions), and Judicial Committee (3 of 5 positions)

1:30 pm:

2022 Nominations (allowed from the floor) and Elections to become an LPMN voting Delegate (or an Alternate) to the Libertarian National Convention (May 26-29, 2022 in Reno, NV)

2:00 pm:

Break Time

2:15 pm:

Platform and Bylaws Committee proposals

3:30 pm:

“Ask A Libertarian” open forum panel discussion David Smith, Jo Jorgensen, Avens O’Brien, and Anthony Welti

4:00 pm:

Break Outs

Note: the Main Room will be divided in half for three 20-minute breakout sessions running concurrently on each side to choose from. Times, speakers, and topics are still being developed, but the following are confirmed and expected (subject to change):

Ballot Access:

LPMN attorney Erick Kaardal (of the Minneapolis law firm Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, P.A.) will share legal challenge updates on LPMN lawsuits on 1st and 14th Amendment violations in MN Statutes, in particular regarding ballot access barriers such as the nominating petition oath

Chris Holbrook (LPMN Chair) may also share legislative updates on the Ballot Access Inclusion Bill efforts and authors as well (now in its fourth year)

Police Reforms:

Johnathon McClellan (head of the Minnesota Justice Coalition) will lead an interactive discussion about the progress and setbacks of the nine legislative demands he authored (with other local justice groups) focused on police accountability in Minnesota. These nine reforms were endorsed by the LPMN in March of 2021 and can be found on lpmn.org Blog page

How To Run For Office As A Libertarian:

Led by Cara Schulz, elected City Council person in Burnsville and the national LP Candidate Recruitment leader

How To Effectively Reach People Outside The Libertarian Party:

Led by Amos Webskowski, current LPMN Executive Committee member and Spike Cohen social media team leader

Writing Style Tips for Fiction Writers:

Learn practical tips to improve your writing style and better your odds of being published. Geared for authors of mass market fiction, this session will be valuable for writers of all levels and genres. Led by Tyrone Babione whos is a speculative fiction writer, former LPMN Executive Committee member and 2021 LPMN Convention Chair, and past contributor to the Agorist Writers Workshop editorial board.

How to Win a Liberty Battle at the Capitol/City Council

Led by Action 4 Liberty member Jesse Smith

5:00 pm:

Break Time and cocktails set up in entry hall

5:15 pm:


5:45 pm:

“Libertarian of the Year” award presentation

6:00 pm:

Co-Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jo Jorgensen

6:45 pm:

Co-Keynote Speaker:

Dave Smith

7:45 pm:

Closing remarks and notifications for next day

8:00 pm:


Oasis Karaoke by Ralph Galvan

Sunday, April 3, 2022:

9:00 am:

Breakfast opens

Note: Sunday times before and after speakers are spaced rather tentatively to allow for a resumption of any necessary unfinished business, as well as expanding or contracting time for Candidate Nominations, based on quantity.

9:45 am:

Welcome Back comments

10:00 am:

“Breakfast with Spike!” (by Zoom video)

10:30 am:

“Second Breakfast! – with Avens O’Brien!”

11:00 am:

2022 Nominations (allowed from the floor) and Elections for LPMN Candidates

11:30 am:

Fund raising auction of donated items. Bring your checkbook

11:59 am:

Adjournment of convention

Libertarian Party of Minnesota
2022 Pre-Announced Candidates for Executive Committee and Public Office


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.

Parameters: Must be an LPMN member to be a Libertarian Nominee. (non-Libertarian Party candidates may apply for cross party endorsement if they wish). Either application requires a 2/3 approval vote of delegates present to be secured. Each candidate is allowed 5 minutes to address the membership. An additional time of 5 minutes may be added at the discretion of the Chair or moderator (often for Q&A) followed by a secret ballot vote.

Note: We need more Candidates! Why not you?

2022 Minnesota state-wide offices up for election:

-Governor/Lt. Governor

-Attorney General

-Secretary of State

-State Auditor

And all 201 Minnesota State Government Legislature offices (67 MN Senators and 134 MN Representatives) are up for election in 2022.

Please see our webpage Run for Office for information, instructions, resources, and applications. The LPMN is here to help, for starters by helping collect signatures during the crucial nominating petition for ballot access window of May 17-May 31, 2022.


Requirement: Must be a current (dues paid) LPMN member for at least 45 days prior to the convention to run.

Leadership (party officers): (1-year terms) – Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer. Each candidate may have up to 3 minutes (for Chair up to 5 minutes) to give a brief speech followed by a vote on that position. Any literature about the candidate shall be printed and distributed by candidate prior to speech. Election is by a majority of the secret vote. If there are more than two candidates, ranked choice voting will be tabulated.

Executive Committee: (1-year terms) – Eight ‘at-large’ positions. Each candidate may have up to 1 minute to give brief remarks, back to back, followed by a slate vote of ‘approval’ by a secret ranked choice ballot for election.

Judicial Committee: (2-year terms) – Three (of the five) positions. Process will replicate the above Exec. Cmte. process. Upon conclusion the new Judicial Cmte. shall select their Chair.


Requirement: Must be a current (dues paid) LPMN member for at least 45 days prior to the convention to run.

The LNC has determined 18 voting delegates will be recognized from the LPMN.

Check back here for more details.

Platform & By-law 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.

To review the pre-published proposed Platform and Bylaws changes for 2022, see below

  • Download the marked-up proposals, containing the current text in addition to the proposed updates, here.
  • Download a “clean” version of the proposed new text here.