Sime Addresses LP-NOVA Convention
By Marianne Volpe
Fairfax – November 11, 2006 –Libertarians
in Northern Virginia met Saturday, November 11, 2006 in convention
to elect a new Executive Committee and make changes to the bylaws.
Attendees heard from State Senate candidate Arin Sime. After the
convention adjourned the Executive Committee met and elected Steve
Sime is running for State Senate in the 25th senate district against
Emmett Hanger, the Republican incumbent. He said he felt this race
was a good opportunity because it will be a one-against-one race
without a Democratic challenger. Hanger is not well-liked in his
district, said Sime, because he voted for massive tax increases.
The campaign’s strategy will establish name recognition
by having the candidate meet as many voters as possible. Sime’s
campaign began more than a year ago, and he said that starting
a year and a half early gives him an advantage over his opponent. He
has already been in three parades and attended many outreach events
to meet the voters.
After a question and answer period, the convention was called
to order by Chair Geoff Allen. The first order of business was
to adopt the agenda, then the proposed bylaws changes were addressed. Two
bylaws changes were approved: to simplify future convention notification
with a single 30-day advance mail notification as the only requirement,
and to change the method by which Executive Committee members are
elected from cumulative voting to approval voting.
The two bylaws changes that failed were to change LPNOVA’s
membership requirements and to change the bylaws modification process.
The debate on the change to membership requirements was lively,
with members suggesting amendments to the proposed language; Jim
Turbett advised everyone that amendments to the text published
in Nova Liberty were not possible. It was the sense of the body
that another convention would be called for February, 2007, to
make further changes to the bylaws.
The nominees for Executive Committee each spoke about their reasons
for seeking the office. Members then voted and elected: Geoff Allen,
Steve Damerell, Donny Ferguson, Kevin McKenna, Jonathan Tomer and
Damerell moved to adjourn and the motion passed. The new Executive
Committee held a short meeting, voting to thank past Committee
members Geoff Allen, Chuck Eby, Marta Howard, Tony Torres and Milan
Zacek for their work. Kevin McKenna agreed to serve as the
new Treasurer, and Geoff Allen volunteered to serve as Secretary.
The Committee formally voted to adopt the two bylaws changes that
had just been approved by the members in convention. The Committee
agreed to meet again on Monday, December 18, at the Thomas Jefferson
Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Everyone interested
in the Libertarian Party or advancing freedom in Northern Virginia
is welcome to attend LPNOVA meetings.
The Committee adjourned the meeting and everyone enjoyed the diverse
fare at the monthly pot luck dinner party.