Introducing the New Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of California


Here are the members of the new Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of California. They were voted into office at the 2015 convention, held in Las Vegas, NV on May 31, 2015.

All photos are by Alan Pyeatt.


Ted Brown

Ted has been involved with the Libertarian Party for over 30 years. He was the first chairman of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County. He was the chairman of the LP CA for the first time in 1988. Since then, Ted was the long-time chairman of Region 63, the Pasadena/Glendale area in Los Angeles County, and has been secretary of that group over the past few years.

Ted is well-known in the state for recruiting candidates to run for office. He himself has run for office 15 times! He has worked in insurance claims for years, is a small business owner, and has been married to Laura for over 30 years. They have an adult daughter named Katie.


Northern Vice-Chairman
Brian Thiemer

Brian lives in Fairfield, CA. He served as an At-Large representative for the LP CA last year. He is currently the chair protem for Solano county LP, and was a candidate for Fairfield City Council in 2014. He writes a column for two local papers.

Brian works as a supply chain analyst for an aerospace company.


Southern Vice-Chairman
Jonathan Jaech

Mr. Jaech used to work as a mechanical engineer, but now he works as a patent attorney. He is a father of two, and is stepfather to two. He enjoys gardening and writing about natural law.

Jonathan is also the current chairman of the Central Los Angeles Region and is Treasurer of LPLAC.


Kevin Duewel

Kevin served on the state executive committee last year and worked very closely with the former chairman of the LP CA, Kevin Takenaga. He serves currently as secretary of LP El Dorado County and served previously as vice chairman of LP San Mateo County. While at college, Kevin was Campus Coordinator for Students for Liberty, and he is currently in law school at McGeorge School of Law.


Emily Tilford

Emily is currently employed by the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity, and is a founding member of Oriana – A Liberty Coalition. She has been involved with politics since childhood, and has been an activist with the Libertarian Party of Sacramento for the past several years. She has served as Treasurer and office manager for the party.

Emily is married to Jarrett Tilford, who was voted in as an At-Large representative.


At-Large Members

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 succesfully growing membership, encouraging participation and promoting activism. He has also served the Libertarian Party of California on the Executive Committee several times before this as well as Southern Vice Chair from 2011 to 2013.

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.

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 is pursuing a program to establish an activism center to serve Southern California as an education and outreach headquarters in conjunction with his appointment as chair of the California LPs Membership committee.


Mark Hinkle *

Mark Hinkle has a long history of activism and leadership with the Libertarian Party of California. He served as Chairman and has served as an At-large rep.
He also served as the chairman of the National Party in 2010 to 2012, then as an At-Large rep for the national LP.

Mr. Hinkle is also currently California state director for Our America Initiative.


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Jeff Hewitt *

Jeff Hewitt is currently on the city council of Calimesa, a city in Riverside County.


Ray Fostore *

Ray Fostore was born in San Bernardino in 1963, and he has lived in San Bernardino area most of his life, except a few years in Las Vegas. He joined the Libertarian party in 2009. During his time with the SBCLP he has served as Vice Chair, and is on his second term as Chair. Most of his friends know him as a jack of all trades, and a master of a few. He’s owned his own business on several occasions, and he currently works for a multi-national manufacture of door/glass/access control hardware in Anaheim. He looks forward to being a part of the growth of the LP throughout California.


Mike Sertic *

Michael Sertic lives and works in Sacramento, CA. In 2010, he founded a Students for Liberty group on campus at CSU, Sacramento, while working toward his degree in economics. Since then, Michael has found a passion and a calling in advocating libertarian principles in our social and economic lives.

* represents a 2-year term


Eric Vaughnes

Eric Vaughnes was born in Monterey, CA, and has called San Bernardino his home on and off since March 1969. The son of an Air Force brat, Eric himself served a 4-year stint in the United States Air Force as an F-8 & F-16 mechanic on the flight lines of Texas and Arizona. Most of his adult working-life has been immersed in the entertainment industry, first working at the premier record retail outlets in Southern California, then at radio, and finally landing a position in Catalog Development & Promotions at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, CA. These days he works as an independent contractor, doing Voiceover work for a myriad of companies.

Galvanizing speeches and interactions from the likes of Kevin Takenaga, Nicholas Sarwark, Ray Fostore, Judge Jim Gray and Gary Johnson intrigued Eric tremendously, and he suddenly found himself happily immersed in the party four years ago. Eric currently serves as Vice-Chair for the San Bernardino County LP, and prides himself on being a workhorse for change.


Jason Wu

Jason Wu is a student at Cal Poly Pomona and serves as the At-large Representative and College Liaison for the San Bernardino County chapter. He has worked on Steve Collett’s political campaign, the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine initiative, and does tabling and outreach in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. His goals with the party include member outreach and education.


Jarrett Tilford

Jarrett is currently chairman of the Libertarian Party of Sacramento. He is Chief Design Officer for Peacekeeper. He is a free-lance web designer, studies Austrian economics from the Mises Institute, and enjoys learning history from Tom Woods.

Jarrett can travel to Ex Com meetings with his wife, Emily, who was voted in as Treasurer this past weekend.


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Leon Weinstein **Voted in for 2-year term last year

Leon Weinstein is the author of numerous short stories published in American, Russian and Israeli periodical publications, and a variety of political articles defending capitalism for numerous Internet publications. In 2009 Leon published his first political novel Looking for Hugh: The Capitalist Guidebook and in 2011 his textbook-like Capitalism 101. Leon is a frequent guest on talk radio in America and has written for


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Jim Hoerricks **Voted in for 2-year term last year

Mr. Hoerricks has provided this info about himself: “Digital Forensic Analyst, instructor, best selling author, elected official (L), Master Mason, Combat Wrestling practitioner, and autistic adult / self-advocate.” He lives in Neenach, CA.


Alternate At-Large Reps

Gale Morgan

Gale Morgan has served on the LP CA Ex Com for many years. He served as secretary, and served as Northern Vice-Chair in the previous term.

SHRA Commission 2008 to present
Commission chair 2011
LP Sac vice chair 2003- 2013
Ran for Congress when Robert Matsui died (2005)
Ran for State Assembly; District 9 (2004)
Ran for SMUD board (2002)
Board Treasurer, Sacramento Resident Advisory ard fit)
Vice President, Participants In Progress (2006 – 2008)


Dave Bowers

* indicates 2-year term

Mr. Bowers provided this bio information:

I have run for Congress and City Council in the past. I have always been a Libertarian when registered to vote every since I was eighteen. I am the Secretary of LPLAC and the Chair of Region 65. I am employed as a Business Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the print, copy, and mail management industry. I am married. My wife and I have two sons. One who just graduated from Cal Poly Pomona. The younger one has just finished two Associates degrees, at East LA College, one in Logistics.


Also elected to the Judicial Committee, to fill a spot vacated by Ted Brown because he accepted another job in the Ex Com.

Brianna Wright


Best of luck to all of the new leadership!

Original article written by Jill Pyeatt on Introducing the New Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of California


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