From July 20th through July 23rd, the Libertarian Party of the Seacoast and the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire had an amazingly active and productive time at our vendor table at the 50th Annual Stratham Fair. Hundreds of people stopped by our booth over the four-day event and we had around 100 people take the political quiz. Many people discovered that they fell within the Libertarian square, and many others realized just how close they were to it. LP Seacoast was thrilled to gain 14 new members over the weekend, and many volunteers for both LP Seacoast and LPNH. We're excited to welcome our new members into the family, and we hope to see them all at our meetings and events over the coming months.
We'd like to thank the many volunteers who helped out with this event. We wouldn't have been able to have the successful weekend we did without the many of you who volunteered some of your time to help keep the booth stocked with supporters. Efforts like these continue to show the state of New Hampshire that the Libertarian Party is here to stay. Our work is only getting started; however, if you enjoyed your time helping out at the vendor table or you wanted to help but didn't have a chance - please consider helping again in the future with any of our other events, or consider helping a candidate campaign for office. Every bit helps, and continues the promotion of liberty in our great state. If you're interested in volunteering, let us know today!
On April 11th, the Libertarian Party of the Seacoast New Hampshire held their first annual convention. Fourteen of our twenty-four members were in attendance. All bylaw proposals were approved and elections for new officers were held. Brian McQuade was re-elected as chair of the party, and Nicholas Boyle was also re-elected as Secretary. First-time appointments included Brian Shields as vice chair, Forrest Osterman as Treasurer and Gary McGath as the at-large member to round out the executive committee.
In addition to this, the Event Coordinating Committee was reauthorized with Robb Goodell as chair and the Campaigning Coordinating Committee was created with Brian Shields as Chair, this committee will work regionally at times with the LPNH Campaign Coordinating Committee to offer assistance and resources for members wishing to seek office.
LP Seacoast has a door to door event taking place on April 23rd at 2 pm in Dover, contact us for more details if you are interested. We'll be notifying residents that they may now register as libertarian and we're also seeking new members. We'll have many more of these events later on this year.
The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast New Hampshire was formed in June of 2016 and became the first regional affiliate of LPNH in September of 2016. LP Seacoast covers Strafford and Rockingham Counties. If you're interested in getting involved, contact us. LP Seacoast meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm at the Praxeum in Portsmouth, NH and is open to any members of the public who would like to attend.
The LPNH Convention on March 18th was a big success. We had over twice the delegates at this convention than we did in September and a well-planned banquet with great speakers. The previous LPNH Executive Committee were all reelected and given a chance to show what they can do with a full year of working to grow this party. As a side note, 3/5th's of the LPNH Executive Committee are made up of LP Seacoast members: Rodger Paxton as Vice Chair, Jilletta Jarvis as Secretary, and Brian McQuade as Membership Chair. In addition to this, LP Seacoast picked up three new members from our convention all of which will likely be in attendance at our recently changed convention date.
During the business session of the convention, Patrick McKnight our regional representative spoke, as well as Libertarian State Representative Caleb Q. Dyer on why he converted to the Libertarian Party. The banquet session saw candidate speeches from both Robert Lombardo (U.S. Cong. Dist 1) and Jilletta Jarvis (Governor), as well as a speech from Matt Philips, President of the Free State Project and keynote speaker Carla Howell, President of the Center for Small Government.
Due to an extension of 20 minutes for the LPNH convention, we decided to postpone the LP Seacoast Convention to allow those in attendance who were our members to mingle and network with the rest of the crowd. This was really a blessing in disguise as a few other members who planned on being there couldn't make it. As our convention will now be held in place of our regularly scheduled meeting on April 11th and in our normal locale of Portsmouth, our numbers will be much better represented. If you feel that you can make all or most of the meetings over the next year, consider running for the LP Seacoast Executive Committee.