2019 Convention

Convention 2019 April 5 – 7 Concord, CA

April 5-7, 2019

Concord Crowne Plaza
45 John Glenn Dr, Concord, CA 94520

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We are auctioning off two of the best suites in the hotel, for two nights

The highest bidder will receive the Crowne Plaza’s spacious and luxurious Presidential Suite for both Friday and Saturday nights, and the runner-up will receive the Parlor Suite. Use the button below or email convention@ca.lp.org to place your bid today! Bids must be in $50 increments. This page will be updated as bids are received.

Current first place bid:
Presidential Suite
Current second place bid:
Parlor Suite

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See the suites!

Bring the party!

We are auctioning off two of the best suites in the hotel, for two nights

The highest bidder will receive the Crowne Plaza’s spacious and luxurious Presidential Suite for both Friday and Saturday nights, and the runner-up will receive the Parlor Suite. Use the button below or email convention@ca.lp.org to place your bid today! Bids must be in $50 increments. This page will be updated as bids are received.

Current first place bid:
Presidential Suite
Current second place bid:
Parlor Suite

Bidding has ended

See the suites!

Presidential Suite

Experience the height of luxury with our two-bedroom Presidential Suite. The Presidential Suite provides sophistication and swagger for a truly sumptuous stay. Enjoy ample accommodations, a spacious, sunken living room, a personal powder room, a private balcony, and a gorgeous master bathroom. Enjoy this one of a kind cosmopolitan experience!

Parlor Suite

Enjoy the good life when you stay in one of our premium Parlor Suites. Perfect for entertaining or relaxing, your Parlor Suite includes a spacious and comfortable living room, a dry bar, and a private dining area. Featuring a king bedroom and a double queen bedroom, your Parlor Suite provides an excellent option for guests traveling with friends or family.

Governor William Weld Governor William Weld

Governor William Weld is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who was the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election, sharing the ticket with Gary Johnson. Johnson and Weld were the first presidential ticket since 1948 to consist of two state governors.

Nick Sarwark Nick Sarwark

Nicholas Sarwark was first elected as chair of the Libertarian National Committee in June 2014, and is serving his third term as chair after being re-elected in 2018. Born in 1979, Sarwark is an unabashed, second-generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot-access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates.

As chair, Sarwark has played a prominent role in publicity, with his appearances in Reason magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, Salon, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on “Kennedy” and “Stossel” on Fox Business, “Stossel on Reason,” the “Glenn Beck Program,” MSNBC, RT TV, NPR, and many more.

Sarwark has been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 1999 and has served on the judicial and bylaws committees of the national party. He also served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014 and supported the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.

Professionally, Sarwark has been a criminal defense attorney and has worked for over 15 years in the private sector. He served as a deputy public defender in Colorado, trying more than 30 cases before a jury and arguing in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. In 2014, he moved to Arizona to join in the operations of a family business, the oldest independent auto dealership in Phoenix, founded in 1942.

Throughout his career, he has developed a commitment to helping people, which he now applies to raising the national Libertarian Party’s standards for support of state affiliates, members, and candidates. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Valerie Sarwark, and their four children.

Alex Merced Alex Merced

Alex Merced is the 3x Libertarian Party candidate running in NY statewide and NYC citywide races. Host of several podcasts and a Financial Industry trainer. Alex Merced is currently the Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

Mugabi John Socrates Mugabi John Socrates

Mugabi John Socrates is the founder and executive director of Action for liberty and economic development, a libertarian think tank aiming at promoting ideas of a free and prosperous society through educating and empowering students and youth post school to become effective advocate of liberty and freedom in Uganda. He has a rich history of student leadership through serving as guild president of second biggest university called Kyambogo university in 2013/14. He inspired students political activism accross all universities in Uganda in his three years as a student (2011 to 2014). In 2014 he read a book titled The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, and it influenced his thinking about freedom and Prosperity. In 2016 he founded Students for Liberty – Uganda that has grown up to chapters in 18 universities in Uganda. In 2017 he fundraised 500$ which helped him to set up the first Liberty Library in Uganda. Currently is working on a project titled Libertarian village aiming at a strong network of 5000 defenders of free market and individual liberty by 2026. Hopeful graduate of Atlas Leadership Academy 2018. He is passionate of mentoring and empowering libertarianism in Africa.

Patri Friedman Patri Friedman

Patri Friedman is an engineer, entrepreneur, and investor whose first company wrote AI to play online poker. He joined Google in 2004, when it had less than 5,000 employees, and has worked there for 9 years. During a 5 year period away from Google, he founded The Seasteading Institute and helped establish the field of competitive governance, for which he has had hundreds of media appearances. He is currently a board member at Seasteading and the Startup Societies Foundation, as well as running ZIG, a venture capital fund. Academically, he has a B.S. in Discrete Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MBA from NYIT. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife Brit Benjamin (a law professor & singer-songwriter) and their children.

Apollo Pazzel Apollo Pazzel

Apollo Pazell has been a campaign professional for 15 years. He has worked across the country at all levels with a win ratio of 3.5:1.

In 2017 Apollo ran and was elected as a city Councilman in Utah and was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for one of the largest police departments in Utah.

In 2018 Apollo was retained by the LNC to target Libertarian races at the state legislative level to identify potential wins and help campaigns toward those wins. His efforts resulted in record breaking results, primarily with the highest percentage received by a partisan state legislative race with Bethany Baldes v. House Majority Leader David Miller, 49.01 to 50.09.

Belinder Odek Belinder Odek

Belinder has a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Journalism from Moi University and a Diploma in Public Relations Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. She believes that free markets, individual liberty, less intrusive governments, property rights, the rule of Law, and constructive political discussions are the only avenues that enable economic, political and social prosperity.

Belinder has worked with other free market think tanks such as the Language of Liberty Institute (LLI), African Liberty Organization for Development (ALOD), and African Students for Liberty, to promote freedom in Africa, through on – campus groups, regional conferences and liberty camps, to make a strong case for limited government, free markets and individual liberty.

She is a contributing writer for the International Federation of Liberal Youth and South Africa’s online commentary, the Rational Standard on politics, governance and free markets. She is the President of the Young Africans For Opportunities, an organization seeking to break barriers to economic prosperity while empowering entrepreneurs, young professionals and students, through public policy advocacy, capacity building and research. She is a co-Programs Director at CEBSAR-AFRICA, an anti-corruption organization working to combat corruption in the African continent, promote transparency in government operations and improve service delivery to the African people. Recently, Belinder joined the International Federation of Liberal Youth’s Free Trade Programme. The Free Trade Programme is an initiative by the International Federation of Liberal Youths that equips IFLRY Member Organizations with the necessary tools and knowledge in free trade advocacy through various events, promotes better public understanding of trade through campaigns, and facilitates a youth dialogue on free trade. The Programme also delivers activities on other economic issues relevant to the youth such as employment and entrepreneurship. She has spoken at liberty forums in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.

Nathan Fatal Nathan Fatal

Nathan is the Grassroots Program Coordinator at the Leadership Institute, where he provides Get Out the Vote, volunteer recruitment, and more training to elected officials and candidates. He was also the former Pacific Regional Field Coordinator, overseeing campus programs in California and Hawaii, and has trained over 1500 leaders and activists from across the US and Europe. His activism led to a lawsuit that resulted in free speech policy change in the University of California System.

As a two-time Regional Director and Massachusetts State Chair at Young Americans for Liberty, he oversaw the creation of over 100 student groups and managed more than 20 state leaders.

In the 2016 Presidential Primaries, Nathan was the Northeast Regional Coordinator of Students for Rand Paul, where he redesigned the volunteer recruitment and engagement system to produce over 100,000 voter contact calls in 13 states.

During the 2014 election cycle, Nathan was a Deputy Field Director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, where he mobilized volunteers to canvass over 12,000 households for a successful gubernatorial campaign. He also volunteered on local races in New Hampshire.

Originally from Boston, he has a degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a minor in Spanish from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain.

Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos

Caryn Ann Harlos became a Libertarian in 2014 during a fortuitous visit to LP.org while reading the Party’s Platform and its Statement of Principles. Since that time, she has risen to prominence through a nearly endless stream of exuberance and work ethic. Amongst other positions she has served as the Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado, Region 1 Representative for the Libertarian National Committee (representing nine western states), Libertarian Party Historical Preservation Committee Chair, and Chair of the National Platform Committee for the 2018 convention. Her particular interest is in Party history and its Statement of Principles and has been a featured speaker on those topics across the country. In 2018, she was elected as the Party Secretary on a platform of transparency, accountability, and accessibility.

Additionally, Caryn Ann is the hostess of the Big L Podcast and the YouTube channel Pink Flame of Liberty- you can check them out here:

The Big L podcast is your unofficial source for Libertarian Party news, information, and arcana for the liberty-minded political junky.

The Pink Flame of Liberty – the home-base for the pink-haired cult leader. And Libertarian Party stuff.

Caryn Ann is a career paralegal and resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband Wayne Harlos who is the State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. She is also a Christian author with a work used by a notable seminary and skilled debater. And she has pink hair.

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Caryn Ann Harlos Caitlin Cloven

Caitlin Cloven is a Social Media Management expert from Minnesota. Caitlin is the co-creator and Chief Operations Officer of Think Liberty, Treasurer and social media organizer for Being Libertarian LLC, both independent liberty media outlets. She is also an At-Large Executive Committee member of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. She has helped countless Libertarian candidates throughout the 2018 midterm election with campaign strategy and, of course, their social media presence. Caitlin has been involved in the Libertarian Party for 3 years from the local to national levels. Adept at nearly all forms and platforms of social media marketing, she focuses on how to effectively utilize these tools to achieve political goals.

Judge Gray Judge Gray

Judge Gray received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California in 1971 and practiced law in both the public and private sectors until being named to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in 1983. Gray was then appointed as the presiding judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, California, by Governor George Deukmejian and served in that position from 1989 until 2009 when he retired from the bench.

In 2004 Gray took a break from his duties as Judge and was the Libertarian candidate for the United States Senate in California. He has always been an outspoken critic of the War on Drugs and in 2011 he was one of the four co-sponsors of the initiative Regulate Marijuana Like Wine which would have placed the same regulations on cannabis as those for wine in California. In 2012 Gray received the nomination of Libertarian Party convention delegates on the first ballot with 60% of the vote and became the running mate of former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson in the 2012 Presidential election. He is the author of multiple books including Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It – A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs.

Larry Sharpe Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe is an American business consultant and political activist. He was a Libertarian candidate for Vice President in 2016 and the Libertarian candidate for New York Governor in 2018. He is founder and Managing Director at NeoSage. As Managing Director of The Neo-Sage Group, he builds his own business while helping his clients to thrive as leaders in their respective industries.

Pete Constant Pete Constant

Pete Constant brings a wealth of pension reform experience to his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Security Initiative. In this role, Pete designs and implements strategic plans in collaboration with RSI’s board of directors, leads the organization in its advocacy efforts and manages day-to-day operations. Prior to his work at RSI, Pete was Director of the Pension Integrity Project and Senior Fellow at the Reason Foundation. There he led the team that designed, drafted and negotiated the successful public safety pension reform plan for the state of Arizona. Prior to that, he served as Council Member for the City of San Jose from 2007-2014, where he served as trustee on the city’s two pension plans. Pete began his career in law enforcement as a police officer for the City of San Jose, where he served for 11 years until an on-duty injury forced his early retirement.

Zach Foster Zach Foster

Zach Foster is an author and longtime LP member. He’s the executive director of the Mises-Mambí Institute and the North American spokesman for the Cuban and Venezuelan Libertarians.

Scott Horton Scott Horton

Scott Horton is the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, FoolsErrand.us, managing director of the Libertarian Institute at LibertarianInstitute.org, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from this website.

In 2007, Horton won the Austin Chronicle‘s “Best of Austin” award for his Iraq war coverage on Antiwar Radio. He’s conducted more than 4,800 interviews since 2003.

His articles have appeared at Antiwar.com The American Conservative, the History News Network, The Future of Freedom and the Christian Science Monitor.

He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s.

Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

Scott’s book, blog Stress, Twitter, YouTube.

Email scott at scotthorton.org

False Freedom False Freedom

FALSE FREEDOM! We hail from the small foothill town of Sonora, California. We play rock ‘n’ roll. Play it loud or don’t play it!!

Marcelis Flores Marcelis Flores

Five feet funny inches tall. Making his way from St. Louis, Marcelis Flores is a energetic bi-racial firecracker! His style is unique and punchlines are sneaky. If you’ve never witnessed a blexican do stand up now is your CHANCE!

Michael Boldin Michael Boldin

Michael is the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and has lived in Los Angeles, CA since 1995. According to the SPLC’s profile page on him, Michael “is an ideologue who has spent years promoting the idea that states can “nullify” federal legislation they don’t like — the very same argument pushed by defenders of slavery and segregation.”

Tom Bell Tom Bell

Professor Tom W. Bell earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago, practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and served as a policy director at the Cato Institute before joining the faculty of Chapman University, Fowler School of Law in 1998. He teaches all of the first-year common law courses and electives in high-tech, entertainment, and intellectual property law. Bell has published works on copyright, Internet law, polycentric law, prediction markets, and the Third Amendment (the one about quartering troops). His books include Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good (Mercatus 2014), and Your Next Government? From the Nation State to Stateless Nations (Cambridge University Press 2018). He created Ulex, the open source legal system. As President of Archimediate LLC, Bell advises companies developing special economic zones and distributed communities; as Academic Director of the Institute for Competitive Governance, he promotes a better way to better government.

David Friedman David Friedman

David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics recently retired from spending the past twenty-three years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.

His most recent non-fiction book is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of two novels and, with his wife, a self-published medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their hobby of historical recreation.

Much of his published work, including journal articles, essays, drafts of forthcoming work and the full text of several books, can be read on his web page: www.daviddfriedman.com. He comments on a wide range of issues on his blog, Ideas.

Resa Willis Resa Willis

Resa Willis has been involved in the liberty movement since 2016. Her first major involvement was as a Senatorial District district representative in Texas. She served as state Membership Director, and became involved with Larry Sharpe as a social media volunteer. She quickly moved up to Deputy Director of Messaging for the campaign, with a team of dedicated social media gurus working alongside her. Larry Sharpe’s social media presence quickly outpaced Andrew Cuomo’s, the two-time incumbent governor of New York, and second only to the Libertarian social media presidential campaigns. She currently manages Robin Koerner’s social media, and works with the state of Michigan, multiple New York political pages, and over two dozen other pages.

Boomer Shannon Boomer Shannon

Boomer Shannon has been a stalwart Libertarian organizer and campaign strategist since 2005. He has been active in the San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties serving in leadership roles successfully growing membership, encouraging participation and promoting activism. He has also served the Libertarian Party of California on the Executive Committee several times as Southern Vice Chair and At-Large Representative.

As a campaign strategist Boomer served in major field leadership roles for TRC 2010, Proposition 19, Regulate Marijuana Like Wine and a number of local initiatives. He is noted as having worked tirelessly for local, state and federal LP Candidates in Southern California, including as Campaign Manager for the several high profile Steve Collett for Congress campaigns. He was the Campaign Manager for the successful Jeff Hewitt for Riverside County Board of Supervisors District 5 campaign.

Boomer is an evangelist for the ALIVE FREE HAPPY style of political activism that specifically promotes the better world the Libertarians philosophy offers, and eschews fear mongering as a statist tactic.

Currently Boomer serves as Chief of Staff for Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt.

Justin Quigley Justin Quigley

Justin Quigley, born and raised in the Central Valley of California is a small town country boy who took up guitar in his teens just before entering high school. Rooted in the various genres of American music he was exposed to, he molded his style with a blend of country and western, blues, and rock n roll. By his twenties he was writing original songs and began playing in bands and performing in public. In the band Walnut Road Justin opened shows for outlaw country legend David Allen Coe, and Grammy Award winners Thompson Square. In his thirties Justin was brought to realize by a libertarian coworker that his views already aligned heavily with libertarian views. After much more of his own research, he decided to join the Libertarian Party of California. He now serves as the Chair in Stanislaus County and as an At-Large member on the Executive Committee of the LPC.

Jon Coupal Jon Coupal

Jon Coupal is the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA). HJTA, with offices in both Los Angeles and Sacramento, is the largest taxpayers association in California with a membership of over 200,000. Founded by the late Howard Jarvis, the author of Proposition 13, HJTA’s name is synonymous with tax relief and the uncompromising defense of the California homeowner.

From 1991 to 1998, Coupal served as Director of Legal Affairs for HJTA, overseeing the organization’s litigation and lobbying efforts. He is a recognized expert in California fiscal affairs and has argued numerous tax cases before the courts. Coupal also successfully defended Proposition 140, the state’s term limit initiative, before the California Supreme Court. In 1995, he won a major ruling before the Supreme Court when it upheld the validity of Proposition 62, an HJTA sponsored initiative guaranteeing the right to vote on local taxes. He is also the principal drafter of Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, a measure passed by the voters in November 1996. He has served as chairman of several initiative campaigns representing the interests of taxpayers including the campaign against Proposition 88, the statewide parcel tax initiativeand the successful defeat of Proposition 1A, defeated by the voters in 2009. In 2003, he served as a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Transition Team. Coupal is also Chairman of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Foundation which provides funding for taxpayer rights litigation and educational studies.He writes a weekly column and is a frequent guest on both television and radio programs discussing fiscal policy and political issues.

Coupal is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School ofLaw at the College of William and Mary, where he received his J.D. degree in 1982. After law school, he was an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation for nine years, specializing in tax issues and political law.

Jeff Hewitt Jeff Hewitt

During the 2018 midterm election, Jeff Hewitt was elected as Riverside County Supervisor, becoming the highest-elected Libertarian ever! He is now one of five County Supervisors for a county with a population of over 2.4 million! Riverside County is the 4th most populous county in California, the 11th most populous county in the United States, and has a higher population than 15 states! When Jeff Hewitt arrived on the political scene in 2004, he was new to public policy and determined to make a difference for the people in his small town of Calimesa. Jeff got a humble start on the planning commission and worked his way up to being elected to the Calimesa City Council and then Mayor! After 14 years of libertarian leadership, Jeff jumped at the opportunity to run for Riverside County Supervisor and against all odds, Jeff fought against the two traditional parties and won against the career politician was running for nothing more than the paycheck. And this wasn’t a fight easily won; although Jeff and his team were able to raise in excess of $600,000 he was still outspent 3 to 1 in the General Election.

Mike Sertic Mike Sertic

Mike Sertic is president of Advocates for Self-Government, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that since 1985 has been dedicated to attracting and persuading people to embrace libertarian principles and empowering libertarians to be highly successful at presenting the ideas of liberty to the world.

Mike holds a BA in Economics from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining The Advocates, he worked at The Morning Star Company’s Self-Management Institute, which promotes an organizational structure in which a worker’s real “boss” is the mission he or she was hired to achieve—a notably libertarian way of accomplishing goals. He also leads the Sacramento chapter for America’s Future Foundation, a nationwide network of liberty-minded young professionals.

Chris Rufer Chris Rufer

Chris Rufer founded The Morning Star Company in 1970, driving one truck hauling tomatoes and peaches from farms to processing factories. The enterprises today include, growing tomato seedlings, transplanting, harvesting tomatoes, and trucking them to three processing factories throughout Central California, which process about thirty percent of the US crop. He personally designs the factories and oversees construction, while providing vision and guidance for all facets of the business. Throughout his career, he has actively and consistently supported libertarian organizations and causes, including the formation of his own foundation, The Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity, which operates to improve humanity and increase well-being. His education includes degrees in economics, agricultural sciences, and business, with concentrations in finance and strategic planning. Chris and his wife, Melodie, have four children and reside in Sacramento, California.