2020 LPC Convention

2020 LPC Convention

February 14 – 17, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles

6161 West Centinela Avenue Culver City, California


The 2020 convention in California will be a very exciting one! We will be hosting a debate between qualified presidential candidates. To be included in the debate a candidate for President of the United States must be in attendance at the convention during the evening of the debate (Saturday, February 15, 2020) and must receive 15% of returned delegate tokens. We urge Libertarians to attend the convention, choose the candidate you most want to see in the debates, and support her or him by giving them your POTUS Debate Token. We look forward to having the best candidate debate running up to the Libertarian National Convention in Austin, Texas!

February 14 – 17, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles

6161 West Centinela Avenue Culver City, California

National Convention Delegates

The 2020 Libertarian National Convention in Austin, Texas will be held May 21-25, 2020. At the Convention we will be electing our President and Vice-President nominees as well as the National Chair, members of the LNC, and amending the national Platform and Bylaws. The Libertarian Party of California (LPC) will have delegates assigned to our state (the exact number will be announced soon) and we encourage active LPC Members that wish to fill these positions and be seated as delegates at the National Convention to complete this form showing their intention to serve.


Date February 14-17, 2020
Venue DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles
Discounted rates starting at $139/night
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Location 2.9 miles from LAX
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Table Reservations Tables will be available for purchase for organizations, groups, and candidates. For further information on purchasing a table at the convention, please send an email to vicechair@ca.lp.org.
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The full list of speakers, their bios, and the event schedule can be found below.


Business Access

  • Delegate access to business only

Premium Access

$125/ person
  • Full access to convention
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
  • Addon: Saturday Night Banquet with Special Speakers ($125)

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Platinum Access

$365/ person
  • Full access to convention
  • Breakfast & lunch each day
  • Banquet dinner


The Libertarian Party of California is excited to host a debate between candidates for the nomination by the Libertarian Party for President of the United States. Numerous candidates will be attending the convention from all over the country! Delegates to the convention will be determining which candidates make it into the debates. Delegates will be given five tokens which they can give to any candidate or candidates they wish. Give all five to your one favorite candidate or split them up amongst your top five or something in between… It is up to each delegate! In order to qualify for the debate, each candidate will be required to be attending the convention in person and must receive 15% of the tokens turned in by delegates. The debate will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020.


Our host hotel this year is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles

  • Discounted rates starting at $139/night
  • Close to LAX
  • Free In-Room Internet


Spanning three days and covering dozens of exciting topics, our speakers will keep you engaged, educated, and inspired.This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Speakers will be added to the schedule once it’s been finalized.

Cara Schulz

Cara Schulz is a sitting City Council member in a major metropolitan area and the Candidate Recruiter for the Libertarian Party. In addition to Chairing the Gary Johnson campaign for Minnesota (2012 and 2016) she has worked on several winning campaigns, including helping a fellow Libertarian win his seat and join her on Burnsville’s City Council in 2018.

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.

Judge Jim 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 that 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.

Jeff Hewitt

Jeff Hewitt was elected in November 2018 to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in California, following three years as mayor of Calimesa, where he led the charge to replace the town’s expensive contract for state-run fire protection with its own more responsive and cost-effective fire department. Armed with this Libertarian solution, Hewitt enabled his city to fend off the spiraling pension costs that affect many California communities.

Boomer Shannon

Boomer currently serves as Chief-of-Staff for Jeff Hewitt in his capacity of County Supervisor in Riverside County, CA. In 2018, he served as Hewitt’s Campaign Manager and helped achieve arguably the biggest electoral win in Libertarian Party history. As a campaign strategist Boomer served in major field leadership roles for several successful statewide initiatives in California. He is noted as having worked tirelessly for local, state and federal LP Candidates in the Los Angeles area including several high profile campaigns.

Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee is an American politician from the state of Rhode Island. He was mayor of Warwick from 1993 to 1999, a United States Senator from 1999 to 2007, and the 74th Governor of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015. In June 2019, after moving to Wyoming, he became a registered Libertarian,having previously been a Republican until 2007 and an independent and then a Democrat in the interim. Chafee was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against authorization of the use of force in Iraq in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Erin Cruz

Mrs. Cruz has dedicated the last decade to bring the conversation of Liberty to the forefront. Most recently, Mrs. Cruz authored and spearheaded the petition to Recall Gavin Newsom, activating the grassroots throughout California. Erin ran for the United States Senate against Senator Dianne Feinstein, interjecting vitality into the Republican Party and uniting people within the State of California on wide scale. Mrs. Cruz garnered strong support state wide, traveling and speaking to both large and small crowds about the conservative cause and the need for rEvolution in America.

Erin is author of Revolution America: Communication Toolbox for the Modern Conservative American Woman and Crushing Corruption: Draining the California Swamp and is Producer and Host of The Erin Cruz Show. Erin encourages political and social interaction among Americans using new ways of thinking and approaching political issues.

Matt Welch

Matt Welch is an Editor at Large of Reason, the magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets” that he edited from 2008-2016. He is a columnist for the L.A. Times, co-host both of The Fifth Column and The Reason Podcast, and co-author (with Nick Gillespie) of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America. He also wrote the 2007 book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick. Welch covered the 2016 Johnson/Weld campaign, is a frequent guest on all the major cable news outlets, and lives in neighborhood of Brooklyn that voted more than 90 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Lawrence Samuels

L.K. Samuels is editor and contributing author of Facets of Liberty: A Libertarian Primer and authored the 2013 book In Defense of Chaos: the Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action. He published his latest book in June of 2019, Killing History: The False Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Battle between the ‘Free Left’ and the ‘Statist Left.’ He was the elected chair of the Project Area Committee (PAC), a citizens committee to advise the Seaside Redevelopment Agency and the city of Seaside on eminent domain issues. He is co-chair of Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County and vice chair of Seaside Taxpayers Association. He was the Northern California Vice Chair of the California Libertarian Party for four years. He is the winner of the 2007 Karl Bray Memorial Award presented by the Samuel Adams Society. He managed the Future of Freedom Conference series for five years in Southern California during the mid-1980s. His website: www.lksamuels.com and his Killing History Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/killinghistorybook/ L.K. Samuels Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.K._Samuels

Marc Clair

After being inspired by the 2008 Presidential campaign of Ron Paul, Marc co-founded the Lions of Liberty brand and website with three of his fellow Penn State alumni. That website soon evolved from opinion pieces and daily news articles into the Lions of Liberty podcast, which Marc founded in 2013. Over the last six years, Lions of Liberty has become a leading platform for libertarian voices in the alternative media.

Brian McWilliams

Brian McWilliams is a native Philadelphian currently living in Los Angeles. He is an expert in public relations and communication, and practices stand up comedy and screenwriting with equal aplomb. His passion and concern for liberty was realized during Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign, which shed light on the troubling initiatives our government was embracing that infringed on the tenets that the United States was founded upon. Brian is the host and producer of “Electric Libertyland,” the Lions of Liberty Podcast’s weekly Wednesday look at current events, culture and comedy through a liberty lens.

Jim Turney

Jim Turney is a long time Libertarian who served as LNC Chair from 1985-1987. In 2017 he ran, unopposed, for the Altamonte Springs City Commission, which is located in Florida and was elected to a 2-year term that will end in 2019.

Susan Shelley

Susan Shelley is a columnist and a member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, eleven daily newspapers including the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News. She writes on national, state and local issues with a blend of deep research and clear thinking that has inspired an army of fans across Southern California.

Susan also serves as president of Valley VOTE, a nonpartisan civic organization in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, and she is Vice President, Communications, of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Jennifer Anju Grossman

Jennifer Anju Grossman, a former Senior Vice President at Dole Food Company, became the CEO of the Atlas Society on March 1st, 2016.

Jennifer Grossman has spent decades helping people to live freer, healthier lives. She launched the Dole Nutrition Institute — a research and education organization — at the behest of Dole Chairman David H. Murdock. She continued this agenda as Health Editor of Laura Ingraham’s new lifestyle site, LifeZette. Previously Grossman served as Director of Education at the Cato Institute, and worked closely with the late philanthropist Theodore J. Forstmann to launch the Children’s Scholarship Fund. A speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, Grossman has written for both national and local publications.

Stevante Clark

Stevante Clark, the older brother of Stephon Clark came to national attention after he stormed the city hall chambers chanting his brother’s name. Stevante is a public speaker, signed recording artist with Black Market records and human rights activist, who fights to promote accountability on all levels. He is the creative director and founder of the annual Stephon Clark Legacy weekend. Mr. Clark is the creative director of Sacramento’s first ever annual Harambee Festival which had a community turnout of over 500 people.

After the tragic death of his younger brother, Stephon Clark, at the hands of two Sacramento Police officer’s and the traumatic psychological events that occurred thereafter, Stevante has beautifully and painfully taken these experiences and evolved into a mental health advocate for young boys and men of color who experience a variety of issues. Stevante has been a strong advocate for increased community involvement and accountability from all community members. He is actively involved with various community youth groups and seeking to build a recreational facility in the Meadowview area of Sacramento in honor of his slain brother.

Steve Scheetz

Steve’s answer to government monopoly is the free market, and while this comes with the understanding that we need to have working solutions firmly in place before removing their corresponding government counterparts, there is no doubt that We The People can formulate better solutions when we work together than the government has provided. Being a strong supporter of transparency regarding to health care procedures, it is clear that some segments of government (such as the Federal Trade Commission) have no interest in allowing health care customers to find the best treatment for the lowest cost when spending the money they have earned.
In addition to serving in party leadership on the state level, he served on the LNC, as well as with many others on the Libertarian Party Platform Committee. Improving the language of our Platform, offering clarity, and offering new ways to promote Libertarianism remains his primary mission.


Spanning three days and covering dozens of exciting topics, our speakers will keep you engaged, educated, and inspired.This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Speakers will be added to the schedule once it’s been finalized.

*Dates, times, and details are subject to change. Please return often for the latest updates.

Friday, February 14, 2020 Schedule
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Platform Committee Meeting
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Pre-Reception
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Schedule
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Keynote
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Business Session
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM Luncheon with Speaker
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Business Session
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM Debate between Candidates for LNC Chair
7:00 PM- 10:00 PM Candidate Support Committee Gala
Sunday, February 16, 2020 Schedule
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Keynote
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Business Session
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Luncheon with Speaker
1:00 PM- 4:00 PM Business Session
7:00 PM -9:00 PM Presidential Debate
Monday, February 17, 2020 Schedule
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Keynote
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Business Session
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM- 4:00 PM Business Session
4:00 PM -5:00 PM Executive Committee Meeting