Historic LP Online Convention Nominates Jorgensen, Cohen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 25, 2020
Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

KEY WEST, Fla. – The Libertarian Party of Florida congratulates Libertarian presidential running team Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen in the first-ever national political convention conducted solely online.

More than a thousand Libertarian Party delegates attended the two-day Convention this past weekend. The gathering ended Sunday but will be reconvened in in-person in Orlando for business meetings this July. Party veteran Jo Jorgensen was nominated as the Libertarian presidential nominee following four rounds of elimination voting. Jeremy “Spike” Cohen was chosen as her running mate after three rounds.

Steven Nekhaila

“This was a historic event that will go down in history as the combination of forward thinking and ingenuity to elect a Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominee in the age of COVID-19,” said LPF Chair Steven Nekhaila. “I am very proud of our Florida delegation and team for doing our part. I am also pleased with the support of the Libertarian National Committee staff for helping to make this a reality. We are excited to support our nominee’s and bring a third real option to constituents in all 50 States including Florida this November!”

A total of 54 Florida delegates and 16 alternates participated in the voting. Nationwide, 1,026 delegates voted to elect Jorgensen, a senior lecturer in psychology at Clemson University. Jorgensen, 63, was Harry Browne’s running mate in 1996. Florida delegates favored Georgia neighbor John Monds in early rounds, they supported party stalwart Vermin Supreme in the final round.

Floridians favored Cohen throughout the three vice-president ballots. Cohen, 37, was initially slated with presidential candidate Vermin Supreme. Supreme fell off the rounds and Cohen went on to the vice-presidential win.

For the most part, the two-day online event went smoothly. Some technical issues and confusion about participation persisted, but failed to prevent the thousands of votes.

“I think overall things went well for a first-time event,” said delegate Chris Jones, vice chair of the LPF Alachua County affiliate. “I think the Florida delegation did a phenomenal job using a separate app for communication and coordination. The Zoom interface definitely did leave much of the delegation somewhat out of the process.”

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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Guest Speaker: Ralph Groves on the natural right to self defense and gun ownership.

We will be meeting on May 18th, 2021 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6:00 PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

January 19TH, 2021

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:52 PM on January 19th, 2021 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, John Morrisey – Secretary, Will Dukes – Treasurer, Membership Chair- Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: Katie Groves

Regular Members: Phillip Frye

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by John Morrisey and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the December 15th, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by John Morrisey and without objection.

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – John Morrisey

Guest Speaker – Jim Turney

Treasurer Report – Wayne Jackman

By-Laws Report – No Report

Finance Report – Wayne Jackman

Communications Report – Wayne Jackman

Membership Report – Wayne Jackman

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • Agenda and minutes approved

New Business

  • Discussion
    • Meeting Discussions:
      • No nominations for Secretary John Morrisey will continue Month to Month till new secretary is found.
      • Ralph led a discussion on the Pro Life movement. He read a letter written to Governor Cuomo. The topic went into a group discussion with varying points of view.
      • Chair Report Registrations are up and increasing. Opportunities for increasing was opened for discussion.
      • Vice Chair Report. Will suggested we put flyers in CBD shops, Vape Shops, Gun Ranges and Breweries.
      • Secretary – nothing to report
      • Treasury Report – Filed on time/ Current Balance 4,298.06 on hand. Tabled a Budget Discussion to next meeting in February
      • Bylaws nothing to report
      • Finance waiting on transition to Wayne from for statements and control of account from bank
      • Communications – 47,800 Post Reactions and 16,200 engagements both increases. 27 new likes which may suggest some shadow banning. 48,000 viewed activity and page views came in lower at 418. Wayne is awaiting list of e-mails.

Adjournment

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by John Morrisey and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on February 16th, 2021, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     John Morrisey

Agenda for the February 16th, 2021 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

Location:    Orlando Brewing   1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

6:00 – Meet and Greet

6:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for January 19, 2021 Business Meeting

6:35 – Guest Speakers – TBD

7:05 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Will Dukes

Secretary Report – John Morrisey (temporary appointment)

Treasurer Report – Wayne Jackman

7:20 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

  • Floor motions

8:00 – Adjourn

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

We will be meeting on February 16th, 2021 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

December 19th, 2020 (Draft)

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:32PM on December 19th, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Will Dukes – Vice-Chair, John Morrisey – Secretary, Wayne Jackman – Treasurer

Voting Members: Katie Groves

Regular Members: None

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Greg Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Wayne Jackman and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the November 15th, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by John Morrisey and without objection.

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – John Morrisey

Guest Speaker – Jim Turney

Treasurer Report – Wayne Jackman

By-Laws Report – No Report

Finance Report – Wayne Jackman

Communications Report – Wayne Jackman

Membership Report – Wayne Jackman

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Annual Officer Elections
    • Meeting Discussions:
      • No nominations for Secretary. John Morrisey will continue month to month until a new secretary is found.
      • Izzy Point of Order to discuss responding to people on the web. Discussion on how we should respond on debated topics. John Morrisey expressed his concerns for a more polite and welcoming approach to political debate on the Facebook Page or Group. Izzy believed a more aggressive approach attracts more members. He went on to say debate many times not nice attracts more than it loses. Wayne and Izzy agreed to take this debate to be tabled between them.
      • Jim Turney gave a campaign update from the Jorgensen Campaign. He reviewed the pluses and the minuses and the forward view for the Libertarian Party.

Adjournment

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by John Morrisey and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:17pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on January 19th, 2021, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     John Morrisey

Agenda for the January 19th, 2021 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

Location:    Orlando Brewing   1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

6:00 – Meet and Greet

6:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for December 15th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Guest Speakers – Ralph Groves – As January is tradionally the month for nation-wide pro-life marches — including in Florida — Chairman Ralph Groves will speak about the contentions issue of abortion.

7:05 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Will Dukes

Secretary Report – John Morrisey (temporary appointment)

Treasurer Report – Wayne Jackman

7:20 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

  • Floor motions

8:00 – Adjourn

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

As January is tradionally the month for nation-wide pro-life marches — including in Florida — Chairman Ralph Groves will speak about the contentions issue of abortion.

We will be meeting on January 19th, 2021 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

Jim Turney speaking about his experience on the Jo Jorgenson Campaign and lessons for future campaigns.

We will be meeting on December 15th, 2020 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:44PM on November 17th, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Membership Chair- Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: Katie Groves, Will Dukes

Regular Members: Phillip Frye

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Greg Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Wayne Jackman and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the October 13th, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and without objection.

Roundtable Discussion- Election results.

5 Minute Recess

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

By-Laws Report – No Report

Finance Report – No Report

Communications Report – Greg Peele

Membership Report – Wayne Jackman

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Annual Officer Elections
    • Chair nominations:
      • Mari Peele nominated Ralph Groves for Chair. The nomination was seconded by Wayne Jackman and accepted by Chairman Groves.
      • No other nominations were put forth and Chairman Groves was reelected unanimously.
    • Vice-Chair nominations:
      • No eligible candidates were nominated in the first round.
      • Greg Peele moved to wave the requirements for residence and attendance. Wayne Jackman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
      • Chairman Groves nominated Juana De La Cruz for Vice-Chair. The nomination was seconded by Greg Peele. She was not present but had previously expressed her willingness to serve to the Chair.
      • Mari Peele nominated Will Dukes for Vice-Chair and the nomination was seconded by Greg Peele. Mr. Dukes accepted the nomination.
      • Nominations were closed and Will Dukes was elected by a majority vote.
    • Secretary nominations:
      • No eligible candidates were nominated in the first round.
      • Greg Peele moved to wave the requirements for residence and attendance. Wayne Jackman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
      • Greg Peele nominated Wayne Jackman for Secretary and the nomination was declined.
      • No further nominations were made and the position remains vacant.
    • Treasurer nominations:
      • Greg Peele nominated Wayne Jackman for Treasurer and the nomination was seconded by Mari Peele.
      • Wayne Jackman accepted the nomination and was elected with four ayes and 1 abstention.

Adjournment

Mari Peele made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:56pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on December 15th, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

Agenda for the December 15th, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

Location:    Orlando Brewing   1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

6:00 – Meet and Greet

6:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for November 17th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Guest Speakers – Jim Turney speaking about 2020 elections and the lessons Libertarians can learn for next time.

7:05 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Will Dukes

Secretary Report – John Morrisey (temporary appointment)

Treasurer Report – Wayne Jackman

7:20 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

  • Floor motions

8:00 – Adjourn

Libertarian Party of Orange County:

Annual Officer Elections

We will be meeting on November 17th, 2020 at the Orlando Brewing at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for a meet and greet starting at 6PM followed by our business meeting at 6:30PM.

All are welcome to the social and to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Agenda for the November 17th, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

Location:    Orlando Brewing   1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

6:00 – Meet and Greet

6:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for October 13th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Roundtable Discussion – Election Results

7:05 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

7:20 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

  • Annual Officer Elections:
    • Chair Election
    • Vice Chair Election
    • Secretary Election
    • Treasurer Election
  • Floor motions

8:00 – Adjourn