Blome, Jurgens,Bullard, Copus

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.

What The LPOC Needs to Do

For years the Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County has served as the voice for those whose values are all too often drowned out in todays one-party America; those who believe in individual rights, free markets, and limited government.

The role has been a lonely and unforgiving one. Many county libertarians have unstintingly stood by the party through many lean years, sacrificing their time, money and effort to bring real freedom and prosperity to their neighbors. Their efforts have not been in vain.

It is now becoming clear to most Americans that there are problems in our country that were neither predicted by our elected leaders nor solvable by a government expert only in bribing people with their own money. Libertarians repeatedly warned of these problems before they became obvious.

It is time for the LPOC to double its efforts and come to the forefront in the discussion of how to run Okaloosa County.

We need to tell people that the Republican/Democrat alternative is no alternative at all, but the same outdated methods dressed up in different clothing.

We need to solicit funds to get the message out there, and to make the party a sustainable force for prosperity and justice.

We need to organize in a fashion that allows us to counter the massive money, power and resources the republican and democrat parties take for granted. We need to understand the laws that limit third parties in the pursuit of power.

And we need to find candidates who are tough enough and smart enough to throw stones at Goliath.

Make no mistake, the stakes are high. In our slow creep to socialism (now turned into a trot) we have forgotten that fewer rights and bigger government are no bargain. We have forgotten the danger of taking power away from individuals. We have forgotten what happens when the rule of law turns into the rule of men.

This is what we need to do. Let us appeal to those Libertarians lost in the republican and democrat parties to join us, to donate, and to participate in the fight for a better Okaloosa.

Your friends and neighbors have never needed you more.

– Pete Blome 3 Oct 09