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My final address as State Chair to the LPCO

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF COLORADO
2011 ANNUAL CONVENTION
May 21, 2011
DoubleTree Hotel Denver – North
Westminster, CO
State Chair Final Address
Chair, David K. Williams, Jr.
The Libertarian Party of Colorado faces unprecedented opportunity to reach out to new members and spread the message of liberty. More and more Americans realize the failure of the two-party duopoly and are looking for an alternative. Unfortunately, given the nature of the two-party system and plurality voting, we face many of the same barriers to growth we have faced since the inception of the Libertarian Party.
Most Americans, including Coloradans, are hard-wired to think that the only possible electoral process includes two-major parties and plurality voting. It does not. Our voting system is neither in the Constitution nor was it handed down from God to Moses on the top of Mount Sinai. It can be changed by mere legislation. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Frank Atwood, I have been converted to the Church of Approval Voting. Likewise, the LPCO adopted support of Approval Voting at last year’s convention.
I firmly believe that no peaceful substantive political change is possible under our current electoral process. The Democrats and Republicans have traded power at the national level since the Civil War. Since that time, the federal government has done nothing but grow – while individual liberty has shrunk. Neither wing of the duopoly has any incentive to change the process.
I believe a number of Americans are starting to understand that a change in process is necessary before any change in substance can occur. It is our job to make that number grow. To that end, I have done my best to spread the message of limited government and individual liberty throughout the state – in addition to introducing the idea of alternative voting methods to those that did not realize such a thing even existed.
My philosophy is that if there is an invitation to speak, I will take it. I’ll talk before a group Republicans, Democrats, Communists, Hare Krishnas or the American Society of Optometrists. I refuse to turn down an opportunity to spread the message. During my term as State Chair, I have been a substitute radio host on multiple occasions in Greeley and in Denver. I have spoken at numerous Tea Party events – always emphasizing that real liberty means that the government stays out of all voluntary activities between consenting adults, including drugs and sex. I have been quoted in several publications. I have written hundreds of blog posts. I have been active at the state legislature and in state politics.
I always try to argue in favor of liberty, and not against the state. I always try to bring a positive message of freedom, and not an angry message of destruction. We spend too much time arguing with each other or patting ourselves on the back in a small group of the converted when we should be spending our time and energy proselytizing to those that do not yet understand that, indeed, freedom is the answer – regardless of the question.
I can only hope that I have been a decent messenger for liberty and the Libertarian Party of Colorado.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Many of the current board positions are turning over this year following the completion of two year terms by directors elected at 2009's annual meeting. This includes the State Chair, currently filled by David K. Williams, Jr.

"It has been a pleasure serving as State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado the past two years," said Williams. "The unprecedented recent growth of the liberty movement has been great to see and to participate in. I appreciate the opportunity to serve and even though I am not seeking a second term as chairman, I will never stop fighting for a constitutionally limited federal government and for liberty. You will continue to see me at the state legislature – and elsewhere- advocating for the radical notion that freedom is the answer, regardless of the question."

Tonight's casino night starts at 6:00 at Westminster's DoubleTree Hotel, located at 8773 Yates Drive Westminster, Colorado. Saturday's annual meeting begins at 8:30a.m. and is located in the DoubleTree grand ballroom. For any questions, contact outgoing Media Director Kate Melvin at mediadirector@lpcolorado.org or on her cell phone at 303-882-1781.

Press Release: Libertarian Party of Colorado Annual Convention this Weekend

Libertarian Party of Colorado
Contact: Kate Melvin
MediaDirector@lpcolorado.org
303.882.1781
May 20, 2011
For Immediate Release:
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF COLORADO ANNUAL MEETING THIS WEEKEND- KICK OFF WITH CASINO NIGHT
As is the annual tradition, Libertarians from across Colorado will gather this weekend for their yearly convention, during which they will attend to annual business, elect new board members, and enjoy presentations and guest speakers. The meeting on Saturday as well as tonight’s casino night kick off serve as good opportunities for members of the media to speak with Libertarian leaders and party members about the past year and moving forward.
Many of the current board positions are turning over this year following the completion of two year terms by directors elected at 2009’s annual meeting. This includes the State Chair, currently filled by David K. Williams, Jr.
“It has been a pleasure serving as State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado the past two years,” said Williams. “The unprecedented recent growth of the liberty movement has been great to see and to participate in. I appreciate the opportunity to serve and even though I am not seeking a second term as chairman, I will never stop fighting for a constitutionally limited federal government and for liberty. You will continue to see me at the state legislature – and elsewhere- advocating for the radical notion that freedom is the answer, regardless of the question.”
Tonight’s casino night starts at 6:00 at Westminster’s DoubleTree Hotel, located at 8773 Yates Drive Westminster, Colorado. Saturday’s annual meeting begins at 8:30a.m. and is located in the DoubleTree grand ballroom. For any questions, contact outgoing Media Director Kate Melvin at mediadirector@lpcolorado.org or on her cell phone at 303-882-1781.

I am not seeking a 2nd term as state chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado

I recently sent this email to the Board of Directors of the LPCO:
Dear Board:

I want to thank the Libertarian Party of Colorado for allowing me to serve as the State Chair for the past two years.

With my term expiring at the next state convention, I have thought long and hard about seeking a second term. After careful deliberation, I have decided not to seek re-election.
My commitment to libertarian principles and the Libertarian Party of Colorado remain steadfast.
Sincerely,
Dave