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Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Since there won’t be many elections in 2015, it’s a great time to prepare to run for one of California’s many public offices during the 2016 elections. And since next year’s election will be a Presidential Election, you know that many people will vote who don’t get involved with Mid-term elections and off-year elections. Why not grab some of that extra political interest while it’s hot?

Need something to help you plan your campaign? Try the Elections Division’s Key Dates and Deadlines list! You can find out all the major dates and requirements that candidates have to meet in order to be a certified candidate, and that information can help you plan all your other campaign activities, such as fund raising, speaking at public events, getting your name and your campaign platform publicized, and so much more.

Candidates can begin filing signatures in lieu of filing fees as early as January 1, 2016, but must finish by February 25. So find a local office to run for – City Council, County Board of Supervisors, a Special District Board of Directors seat, or any of many others – then build your team with previous candidates and volunteers.

Need guidance? Contact LPC at (916) 446-1776 or office@ca.lp.org.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – The polls are closed now, and LPC thanks our endorsed candidates and their campaign volunteers for their valiant efforts on our behalf.

Our thanks to the following:

Special Districts

Gary “Flash” Gordon, BART District 8 Board of Directors, San Francisco County

Gary Kremin, Santa Clara County Water District Board of Directors, Santa Clara County

Brian Peotter, Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Trustees, Orange County

Joe Salama, Marin Health Care District Board of Directors, Marin County

Jack Hickey, Sequioa Health Care District Board of Directors, San Mateo County

Mark DePaula, Sequioa Health Care District Board of Directors, San Mateo County

Doug Radkte, Peninsula Health Care District Board of Directors, San Mateo County

School Districts

Norm Westwell, Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, Orange County

Mark Hinkle, Gavilan Community College Board of Trustees, Santa Clara County

City Councils

Jeffrey Hewitt, Calimesa City Council, Riverside County

Brian Thiemer, Fairfield City Council, Solano County

Tom Piper, Apple Vally Town Council, San Bernardino County

Mike Healey, Lake Forest City Council, Orange County

Alex Fidel, Mayor, Encinitas, San Diego County

Regardless of the outcome of this year’s elections, LPC wants everyone to know that we deeply appreciate these candidates’ efforts, and the good media attention their campaigns generated. 2015 won’t offer many opportunities to run for California public offices, and so it’s a great year to start your campaign for 2016.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – If you haven’t yet cast your vote, here’s some important information about last-minute voting.

  1. Check LPC’s recommendations for candidates and propositions to help you complete your ballot.
  2. DON’T MAIL YOUR BALLOT! Postmark dates will not validate your ballot if it’s delivered after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. November 4th. If the post office delivers your ballot after then, it will not be counted!

    Click here for the California Secretary of State’s polling station information.

If you’re not registered to vote in California but would like to vote in upcoming elections, please register at the Secretary of State’s online voter registration site.

Libertarian voter registration continues to grow, despite the ups and downs of other political parties’ registrations. Help spread our principles throughout California by registering to vote Libertarian.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – LPC proudly announces that Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico Governor who was chosen as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for their 2012 presidential campaign, will address this month’s annual convention via webcast.

Johnson, who was Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003, started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. In twenty years, he grew that business into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico, employing more than 1,000 workers. Johnson brings a well-honed business mentality to governing, believing that public policy decisions should be based on costs and benefits rather than strict ideology.

Gov. Johnson vetoed more than 750 bills during his time in office – more than all other governors combined, which earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget. Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003.

Governor Johnson formed the Our America Initiative, a 501(c)(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to more than 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as the Party’s Honorary Chairman. In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson garnered more votes than any other Libertarian candidate in history. To participate in Gov. Johnson’s webcast at our convention, please visit LPC’s 2014 convention website and plan to be at the convention March 28-30 at the Holiday Inn in Visalia, California.

Three-time Olympian to Appear at Convention!

Monday, March 3, 2014 – The 2014 Winter Olympics may be over, but the winning Olympic spirit lives on in Visalia, CA.

LPC proudly announces that Bill Schuffenhauer, Olympic Silver Medalists and three-time Olympian, will speak about his perseverance and triumph. Following his retirement from the Olympics, Schuffenhauer’s entrepreneurial aspirations kicked in and he is now the President and CEO of Silver Retreats, a company that focuses on group and team building retreats for companies and executives. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Love Of Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that supports and advocates for people affected by cancer and other illnesses. His career led to his participation in national and international fundraisers, charity events, keynote speaking opportunities, entertainment, and product promotions.

Schuffenhauer’s devotion to helping others led him to work with local and national youth groups, too. He continues to travel the world as a motivational speaker and has worked with companies and organizations such as Budweiser, Special Olympics, United Way, Adecco, Glaxo Smith Klein, and Procter & Gamble.

Schuffenhauer’s childhood was filled with adversity. His mother was a prostitute and his father a drug addict, and they usually left him to fend for himself, even for his food. However, in high school, he discovered his love for track and field. After he spoke to his grandmother, he had a dream to become a track and field Olympian. However, that dream was crushed by a near-debilitating ankle injury while training in Sydney. But only 18 months later, Schuffenhauer had a new Olympic dream that motivated him to try for the 2002 Winter Olympics, where he qualified and placed in the 4-man bobsled team. They won the Silver Medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, right behind Germany, the second time in history that a U.S. bobsled team placed in that event.

Bill will share his remarkable story of hardships, pain, agony, love of life, triumph, and sweet victory at the LPC convention in Visalia, California, which is scheduled for the last weekend of March. Read more about it and make your reservations to spend that weekend with others who, like Bill Schuffenhauer, constantly struggle to achieve their dream of success.

Room Discount Deadline

If you need overnight accommodations at the Holiday Inn Visalia for LPC’s 2014 convention, the hotel will guarantee our special discounted room rate through this Wednesday, March 5. Although the discount may still be available after that date, the hotel can’t promise it. And we know that there are two other events taking place at the Holiday Inn Visalia that weekend, so be sure to make your reservation early this week!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – With the drought now officially declared in California, various levels of government are implementing public policy that affects all Californians in a variety of ways.

What is the Libertarian stand on public water policy?

Come to the LPC Convention in Visalia and find out. This year’s annual convention will be in the heart of the Central Valley, one of the areas most affected by drastic water delivery scenarios. Three Libertarian water district members from different parts of the state will come together to discuss a Libertarian perspective on water supply.

The members of the panel are:

  • Brian Holtz, member of the Purissima Hills Water District in Los Altos Hills
  • Jim Hoerricks, member of the West Valley Water District in Los Angeles County
  • Jonathan Hall, member of the Tehachapi-Cummings Water District Board of Directors

They will discuss the Libertarian take on water policy and will address some or all of the following questions.

Are the solutions proposed from Sacramento helpful or harmful?

Do pricing policies exacerbate the drought situation?

Are large-scale bond funded projects the way to solve the long-term water supply in California?

How are local districts affected by state and Federal water policies?

Join us in Visalia for an engaging discussion on a vexing public policy issue that is sure to be front and center in this election year.

Monday, February 24, 2014 – The Libertarian Party of California proudly announces its endorsement of Calimesa City Council member Jeff Hewitt’s campaign to fill the State Senate District 23 seat, which covers parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. This endorsement includes financial support through LPC’s Candidate Support Committee.

Hewitt is currently the Vice Mayor of the City of Calimesa in Riverside County. He has served on the council for four years in addition to previously serving on the city’s planning commission.

Hewitt is a small business owner and has a family of six children and six grandchildren.

The Special Primary Election is on March 25, 2014.  If no candidate reaches the requisite 50% + 1 vote threshold, then the first two finishers will be put into a runoff scheduled for June 3rd.

Hewitt needs our support. Donate to his campaign at his website, or contact his campaign to assist in other ways.


The Libertarian Parties of Riverside County and San Bernardino County have also endorsed Hewitt’s campaign.

For more information about this Special Primary Election, visit the following websites.



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