I counted seven Libertarians in the room, including party chair Ken Santema, at the beginning of the South Dakota Libertarian Convention in Aberdeen this afternoon. I interviewed more than half of the participating delegates.
First, the farthest-traveling conventioneer, Dick Shelatz of Rapid City, talks about why he likes Libertarian Gary Johnson for President and tries to apply his Libertarian principles to state-level races:
By the way, here’s a full view of Shelatz’s shirt:
Next, Jon Boon McNutt, a Tennessee transplant to Aberdeen who keynoted the convention, talks about what he hopes the Libertarian Party can achieve in this year’s election and describes a Libertarian federal government (no IRS, no tax loopholes for the 1%, and no “victimless crimes”):
Finally, the Baldwin brothers—Scott from Aberdeen, Greg from Wakonda—talk about Gary Johnson and give their nutshell explanations of the Libertarian Party (note: the small person in the background is not a voting Libertarian delegate):
“Out of your pocketbook and out of your bedroom,” says Scott—how’s that for an interesting synthesis of Republican and Democratic positions?
The Libertarians are choosing three electors for Gary Johnson today… and maybe, just maybe, a PUC candidate.
Update 2016.07.31 07:43 CDT: According to a post on the party website from outgoing party chair Ken Santema, the Libertarian Party nominated Shelatz, McNutt, and Elain Kub of Ipswich as electors for their Presidential ticket. They also elected new party leadership:
- LPSD Chair: Jon Boon McNutt
- LPSD Vice-Chair: Richard Shelatz
- LPSD Treasurer: Daryl Root
- LPSD Membership Director: Scott Baldwin
- LPSD West-river At-Large member: Sean Metz
- LPSD East-river At-Large member: Ken Santema