Executive Committee


Libertarian Party of California chairperson Mimi Robson

Honor “Mimi” Robson has been a registered Libertarian for over 3 decades and ran as the Libertarian Candidate for the 33rd District California State Senate in the 2016 General Election. In that election, with very little time or campaign funds she was able to attract support from her community ultimately garnering almost 50,000 votes (22%).  During the election cycle she became more involved in the California Libertarian Party, becoming Secretary for the party in February 2017 when the previous Secretary Resigned. She was unanimously elected Secretary at the 2017 State Convention and was elected Chair at the 2018 State Convention. In 2018 she ran for the 70th State Assembly District and was the first third party candidate to progress to the General Election in a contested primary.

Mimi grew up in Southern California and has been a resident of Long Beach for the past 30 years. She is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer and worked at a small Structural Engineering Consulting firm 1994-2018 when she resigned that position to become an independent engineering consult which affords her more time to devote to the Libertarian Party of California. She has been involved with many charitable organizations such as AIDS Walk LA, The Alzheimer’s Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation however Honor’s main passion is animal rescue and has been involved at every level for many years.

Adrian F Malagon is currently Chair of the Libertarian Party of Contra Costa County. He is a member of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus, and Chair of the California Libertarian Party Mises Caucus. Malagon became a member of the Libertarian Party of California on January 1, 2021. A lifelong “small-l” libertarian turned Anarchist, he held no political affiliation before then. He became a member of the national Libertarian Party on August 1, 2021, and a Lifetime Member on June 1, 2022. He wishes to aid the advancement of liberty in California through human action, minority outreach, and strong, unapologetic messaging. 
 
Malagon is a native Spanish speaker, and lifelong Californian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Malagon is from the Bay Area of California where he works remotely as a field recruiter for a sales and marketing firm. His professional skill set includes recruitment, sales, and business development.

Chris Edgar

Secretary

Chris Edgar is an entertainment and commercial litigation attorney, and musician, based in Los Angeles, California. Chris’s law practice has an extensive constitutional law component, including many cases in which he has protected the right of users of business and employer review sites to speak anonymously under the First Amendment. Chris’s articles on constitutional limits on state power have been published in the Stanford Law Review and the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty.

Paul Vallandigham has been a registered Libertarian for several decades. Motivated to become politically active as a result of the 1989 Roberti-Roos “modern musket” ban, he connected with other activists at the 1990 NRA annual convention in Anaheim, CA. Paul quickly rose through the ranks of the NRA Members’ Council of Orange, CA (the local NRA “chapter”), serving as newsletter writer/editor, secretary and president over the course of about 8 years. He also participated in protests at a local Roberti-Roos-promoting gun shop and at the Federal building in Los Angeles during the Clinton “modern musket” ban, walked precincts and did phone banking & ballot count observation for state and local candidates and raised funds for youth shooting activities on Friends of NRA fundraising committees. Paul became a Libertarian activist during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he did phone banking for the Gary Johnson presidential campaign. It was through this connection that he met then-Mayor of Calimesa, CA, Jeff Hewitt at a Riverside County Libertarian Party (RCLP) kegger-party. Jeff invited Paul to attend an RCLP meeting and shortly thereafter, Paul found himself fully engaged in LP activism on a regular basis, including serving as Asst. Campaign Manager for Jeff Hewitt in 2018. In addition to being elected Libertarian Party of California (LPC) Secretary in April 2019, Paul currently serves as RCLP Treasurer, LPC Treasurer (elected May 2021) and as a staff member for Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt (L). He is a Lifetime member of both the national Libertarian Party and the LPC. Paul holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health and is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker (psychotherapist).

Elizabeth Stump

Northern Area Coordinator

Elizabeth “Betz” Stump is currently vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Alameda County, having served the two previous years as At-Large for the county. Betz is also on the LPC Communications and Marketing Committee, helping craft press releases and contributing to the state newsletter, The Beacon. In addition, she is on the Social Media Committee and served on the 2021 Platform Committee. Betz was the “Authorized Person” for Alameda County for the successful 2020-2021 Recall Newsom effort, headed by Orrin Heatlie.

Betz grew up in the family business doing catering, mostly studio catering, feeding TV show cast & crews from 35 up to 2,000 people for events such as The Grammy, The American Music Awards and The Easter Seals Telethon, and wholesale food manufacturing for Trader Joe’s. Betz earned a Bachelors in Communications from Cal State Northridge, working for five years doing high tech Public Relations on both the agency and corporate side. Since 2012, Betz has been volunteering with Alameda County, and 2019 at the state level.

Matthew Butts

Central Area Coordinator

Matthew Ryan Butts serves as the Central Area Coordinator for the Libertarian Party of California and Chairs the Libertarian Party of Kern County. Matthew is passionate about ending the drug war, Austrian Economics, growing membership and supporting local Affiliates. 

Tara Young

Southern Area Coordinator

Tara has been a libertarian since 2016.  True freedom through self-ownership and fighting state overreach, along with a nod on the Austrian school of economics, were all some of the initial factors that drew her into the party and to become involved to a greater degree.  She loves being part of this group of “radicals” of all types with one common cause-to fight for freedom against the controlling empire which is called the government.

Tara lives in the city of Norco (AKA Horsetown USA) in Riverside County and is active within her community.  She is a member of EDAC (Economic Development Advisory Committee), which is an appointed position by the city council.  Tara is a licensed roofing contractor and owns a small farm, Taveli Ranch.  Agriculture is a pillar of the community of Norco, where she is a part of the small farm revival and hopes that the movement will bring agrotourism to the city.  She is extremely passionate about providing healthy, organically grown food to her family and the community.  She is mother to one spunky daughter, Sophia, as well as almost 100 animals (both farm and domestic).  Her hobbies and interests include traveling, visiting Disneyland and Disneyworld, farming, animal caretaking, enjoying a good cup of coffee, cruising on her golf cart, salsa dancing, makeup artistry, and design arts. 

Kalish Morrow is a former business owner who is a now full time Interior Designer working out of her home while raising her two young homeschooled sons. Her husband is a Weapons Systems Officer in the US Navy and has served 3 combat tours over the course of their marriage.

Before becoming active with the Party, she was on the Hanford Main Street Board of Directors (2015-2018) and founded a 501 (c)3 called Heart of Hanford with the purpose of helping to protect and preserve Hanford’s historic downtown. As a business owner she began advocating for small businesses in her town which steered her to run for Hanford City Council in 2016. Her campaign led her to the then newly established Libertarian Party of Kings County. From there she became their Treasurer in 2017, the Vice Chair in 2018, and is the now current Chair for the LP of Kings County. In the state party, she acquired a spot on the LPC Social Media Committee and was elected as one of the LPC At-Large Representatives during the LPC State Convention in 2019.

This next year marks exciting things as she will be running again for Hanford City Council District B in 2020. She believes that a strong plan moving forward is with a grassroots movement of getting Libertarians elected at local levels as they’re winnable and have a great impact on bringing about change and building the Party’s resume.

As a transplant from Tulare County almost 5 years ago, Mr. Strawn got involved with the Hanford community almost immediately. Looking to be of service to the citizens of Hanford, Mr. Strawn ran for Hanford City Council in 2018 and came in second of 4 candidates. After his unsuccessful run, Mr. Strawn went on to be appointed by the City Council to the Hanford Parks and Recreation Commission where he currently serves as the Vice Chair. Mr. Strawn additionally serves on the Longfield Recreation Center Advisory Committee and serves on ad-hoc playground approval committees. Mr. Strawn’s previous accomplishments have been serving as a past District Field Representative for the California State Assembly, graduating in 2009 from the Leadership Tulare Program that was presented by the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, served 2 terms on the Tulare County Grand Jury, a member of the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber serving on the legislative Committee, and served as the Student Senate President for College of the Sequoias.

Michael Lema

At-Large

Michael Lema is a Journeyman Electrician, and is studying to become an Electrical Engineer, He turned to the Libertarian Party during his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps after seeing how poorly the government ran things. He moved back to California after his enlistment was over and joined the Libertarian Party of Alameda County, where he now serves as Secretary. Michael hopes to grow the LP and to show the residents of California, that the Libertarian Party isn’t just the “third option” but the ONLY option, in true Liberty.

Jessica is a lifelong libertarian, raised by libertarian parents, and was driven to get active in the LP due to the lockdowns of 2020. In 2021 as an At-Large, she served as Chair of the Program Committee, a member of the Operations Committee, and was asked to join the Membership Committee after being involved in the successful National Membership drive. She also joined the “Beacon” team, and was the Alternate for her County for the Platform Committee. She was chosen by the ExCom as the LPCA Alternate for the ongoing National Credentialing Committee for Reno 2022. She hopes to continue encouraging others to become active in the LP and currently serves as an Officer at the county level.

Chris is a California native and joined the Libertarian Party in 2012. In 2020, he served as California State Coordinator for the Jorgensen Cohen campaign and had the privilege of traveling the state to meet the local activists that keep our state party running.  In the past two years, Chris has volunteered for numerous campaigns across the country, ranging from City Council to President.  Chris is passionate about getting Libertarians elected to office and spreading a positive message of liberty. 

Professionally, Chris has spent the past 12+ years in the travel and hospitality industries, so he is acutely aware of the economic damage inflicted by the government response to COVID.  Having served on several travel industry boards, he helped lobby in Sacramento and his district against Assembly Bill 5.  Outside of work and politics, Chris enjoys going to concerts, hiking, and playing ice hockey.  

Victoria Lapacek is a California, Bay Area native. With a background in entertainment and communications, she aims to promote and spread liberty, starting at the grass roots. She spends her time and talents serving the bay area community through local volunteerism. Victoria’s goals are to help others understand that the ideal society is a free society and with freedom comes responsibility and hard work. 

Graham Brown

At-Large

Prompted by the cultural and political response to COVID, Graham began getting involved with the Libertarian Party in the Bay Area in 2021. He works as Treasurer for Michael Lema’s Hayward City Council Campaign and serves on the Bylaws Committee.

A lifelong Californian Graham has grown-up, lived, and worked across the varied geographic and cultural landscape California offers. He graduated from Sacramento State in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Geology. He has worked in both the private and public sectors. Growing and learning in this diverse set of circumstances Graham has come to understand that the best solutions for California are not something the existing establishment is capable of providing. Graham knows that the Libertarian Party is the best political vehicle to affect positive change for California and advance liberty.

Terry Miller

First Alternate

Garrison Ham

Second Alternate

A Bay Area native that settled down in Oceanside, Garrison is Chair of the San Diego County Libertarian Party and serves on the LPC Communications and Program Committees. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History from San Francisco State University and holds an MA in Political Science from the same institution. Garrison is a former fellow at the World Affairs Council of Seattle and a veteran of the United States Army. His policy interests are in Foreign Policy and Civil Rights.