Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Chairman (Lee Jackson) and Secretary (Pete Blome) have both resigned from the leadership of the Libertarian party of Okaloosa County due to differences over policy, expressions of non-confidence from Executive Committee (EC) associates, and issues related to the recent selection of Bay County Florida for the next state party convention.
Lee Jackson resigned August 1st, with Pete Blome tendering his resignation 2 August 2009.
The resignations cause a procedural problem because the position of vice-chairman was vacant, and there is no provision in the LPOC bylaws for an EC member to assume the chairmanship other than the vice-chairman. This leaves the EC unable to form a quorum, and is therefore unable to formulate LPOC policy, access funds, or conduct regularly scheduled elections. Treasurer Jeff Bullard is the only remaining EC member and has remained silent on the issue.
Lee Jackson resigned after signing a letter to the State Libertarian Party that was presented to him by Pete Blome, Jeff Bullard and Kathryn Weizel. This letter outlined questionable procedures and a possible lack of representation for Okaloosa County at the state party meetings that led to Bay County being selected for the state convention in 2010.
Pete Blome had proposed Lee Jackson use his powers of appointment before his resignation to designate him Chairman until LPOC elections scheduled for January to March 2010, but this idea was opposed by EC associate Kathryn Weizel and Okaloosa Libertarian Club President Sarah Zetterlind, and Jackson remained silent on the issue. The lack of confidence measure led to Blomes resignation.
Blome now proposes a General Meeting of libertarian party membership to be held 10 September 2009, at the LaRhumba Restaurant, Niceville, at 7 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to propose an amendment to the bylaws allowing for non-scheduled elections in the absence of an EC quorum. He proposes to hold these elections prior to January 2010.
Any Okaloosa County registered libertarian may run for office, vote in LPOC elections, or propose amendments at a general meeting. Proposed amendments must be in writing.