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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Agenda for July 21st, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, July 21st, 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 June 23rd, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Guest Speakers – Andrew Darling for Orange County Sherriff

6:55 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

7:15 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • None

7:35 – New Business 

  • Motion 2020-12 (See APPENDIX A)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Motion:  I move to amend the Libertarian Party of Orange County Constitution Article III Section IV to replace the text “a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida” with  “a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter, a Libertarian Party of Florida member” and to append “If an officer election is conducted and no qualified person is elected to that office, a motion to suspend the rules to waive officer eligibility requirements for that office for the duration of the term of office and reopen nominations for that office may be passed by a 2/3 vote. The requirement for an officer to be a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and member may not be waived. “
    • Special Rule: According to Article V Section III: “Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.” Therefor, this vote will be on whether or not to take up the motion to amend. If it passes, the final vote on the bylaws amendment shall occur during the next business meeting.
  • Motion 2020-13 (See APPENDIX B)
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Motion:  I move to amend the Libertarian Party of Orange County Bylaws Article II Section II to be replace with “The Chair may appoint any person who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and Libertarian Party of Florida member to serve as a committee chair subject to a majority confirmation vote if the appointee is an LPOC voting member or a 2/3 confirmation vote otherwise.”
    • Special Rule: According to Article V Section III: “Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.” Therefor, this vote will be on whether or not to take up the motion to amend. If it passes, the final vote on the bylaws amendment shall occur during the next business meeting.
  • Floor Motions

8:00 – Adjourn

8:00 – Venues Close

APPENDIX A

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE III: OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section IV

Officers must be a voting member of LPOC, a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter, a Libertarian Party of Florida member, and reside in Orange County. If an officer election is conducted and no qualified person is elected to that office, a motion to suspend the rules to waive officer eligibility requirements for that office for the duration of the term of office and reopen nominations for that office may be passed by a 2/3 vote. The requirement for an officer to be a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and member may not be waived.

APPENDIX B

Bylaws

ARTICLE II: STANDING COMMITTEES

Section II

Committee chairs shall be appointed by the Chair and confirmed by majority vote.
The Chair may appoint any person who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter and Libertarian Party of Florida member to serve as a committee chair subject to a majority confirmation vote if the appointee is an LPOC voting member or a 2/3 confirmation vote otherwise.

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

Andrew Darling for Orange County Sheriff speaking about his candidacy followed by Q&A. – https://andrewdarling.com/

The Libertarian Party of Orange County invites candidates for election to speak at our meetings without regard to party affiliation.
Being a guest speaker does not imply any type of endorsement from the Party.

We will be meeting on July 21st, 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 hear our Featured Speaker as well to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Business Meeting Minutes

JUNE 23RD, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:31PM on June 23rd, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer

Voting Members: Wayne Jackman

Regular Members: Rob Casterline

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 May 19th, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and motion carried without objection.

Guest Speaker – First hand accounts from members who attended BlackLivesMatter protests in downtown Orlando.

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 – No Report       

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • Vice-Chair Election – Mari Peele nominated Pedro Geliga for Vice-Chair. The nomination was seconded by Wayne Jackman. Pedro Geliga was unanimously elected as Vice Chair in absentia. Acceptance of the nomination was verified by Secretary Peele prior to the meeting.

New Business

  • None

Adjournment

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

Meeting was adjourned at 8:07pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 6:00PM on July 21st, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

Agenda for June 23rd, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 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 May 19th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:35 – Guest Speakers – Libertarian BlackLivesMatter protesters

6:55 – Discussion on Libertarian solutions for a broken justice system.

7:15 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

7:30 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

7:35 – Old Business

  • Vice-Chair Election

7:45 – New Business 

  • Floor Motions

8:00 – Adjourn

8:00 – Venues Close

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

First hand accounts from members who attended BlackLivesMatter protests in downtown Orlando. Followed by discussion on libertarian solutions for a broken justice system.

We will be meeting on June 23rd, 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 hear our Featured Speaker as well to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Business Meeting Minutes

MAY 19TH, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 6:39pm on May 19th, 2020 at Winter Garden Pizza Company by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Ralph Groves, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer

Voting Members: None

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 Mari Peele and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Greg Peele moved to approve the minutes from the March 24th, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Mari Peele and motion carried without objection.

Guest Speaker – Scott Billue, founder of Matthew’s Hope of Winter Garden

LNC Region 2 Caucus

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 – No Report       

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • Vice-Chair Election – Chair Ralph Groves called for nominations for the position of Vice-Chair. No nominations were offered therefore None of the Above (NOTA) won by default. The Chair will make a new temporary appointment before the next meeting at which time nominations will be held again.

New Business

Adjournment

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

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on June 23rd, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

Business Meeting Minutes

FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 7:38pm on January 18th, 2020 at Orlando Brewing by Chair – Ralph Groves.

Present

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

Voting Members: Pedro Geliga

Regular Members: None

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

Quorum of voting members was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

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

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman moved to approve the minutes from the January 21st, 2020 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and motion carried without objection.

Guest Speaker – Deacon Fred Molina: Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force

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            

Candidates Report – No Report

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Motion 2020-09 – Acceptance of Resignation
    • Mover: Mari Peele
    • Second: Pedro Geliga
    • Disposition: passed unanimously  
    • Text: I move to accept the resignation of Derek Ryan as Vice-Chair.

Adjournment

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Pedro Geliga and passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:39pm by Chair – Ralph Groves. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on March 24th, 2020, at Orlando Brewing.

Minutes submitted by:     Mari Peele

Agenda for May 19th, 2020 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, 2019.

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.

IMPORTANT: Our meeting will be starting early this month at 6pm. The Libertarian National Committee Region 2 Caucus will occur electronically during our business meeting. The Caucus is called to choose our Region 2 Representative and Alternate for the next two years. Our business meeting will occur around the caucus so we can participate together.

Location:    Winter Garden Pizza Company   42 W Plant St, Winter Garden, Florida 34787

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 March 24th, 2020 Business Meeting

6:40 – Guest Speaker – Scott Billue, founder of Matthew’s Hope of Winter Garden.

7:00 – LNC Region 2 Caucus

8:00 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Ralph Groves

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

8:15 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Platform Report

8:25 – Old Business

  • Vice-Chair Election

8:30 – New Business 

9:00 – Adjourn for Social Hour

11:00 – Venues Close

Libertarian Party of Orange County will hold its May business meeting at a new temporary location and time:

Come join us for our May 2020 Business Meeting at the Winter Garden Pizza Company.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our meeting has temporarily changed locations.

We will be meeting on May 19th, 2020 at the Winter Garden Pizza Company, 42 W Plant St, Winter Garden, Fl 34787.

IMPORTANT: Our meeting will be starting early this month at 6pm. The Libertarian National Committee Region 2 Caucus will occur electronically during our business meeting. The Caucus is called to choose our Region 2 Representative and Alternate for the next two years. Our business meeting will occur around the caucus so we can participate together.