In an historic move, on 8 October, at the LaRumba restaurant in Niceville, The Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County elected new leadership in a non-scheduled election. Results will be confirmed after a short period of time to count any mailed absentee votes with write in candidates.
Winners in the non-contested election are Pete Blome, Chairman; Ben Jurgens, Vice Chairman; Jeff Bullard, treasurer; and Steve Copus, Secretary.
Due to the nature of this being a non-contested election, vote counting was not necessary. However, the new executive committee received 16 affirmations of approval via proxy vote and persons at the meeting.
Conspicuously absent were former Chairman Lee Jackson, and Okaloosa Libertarian Club President Sarah Zetterlind. Ms Zetterlind submitted her resignation from the Libertarian Party earlier in the day saying the LPOC changeover was a sham process and that Blome had forced Jackson from office.
After the election, Pete Blome called for optimism because the new LPOC will apply new efforts to contact local libertarians, to seek donations, and to get to the forefront of issues in Okaloosa County.
The first meeting of the new executive committee is scheduled for Thursday, 15 October 2009, at the LaRumba Restaurant, at 7 PM.