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New Leadership Elections Announced by Libertarian Party of Marion County

Indianapolis – December 5th, 2016 – The Libertarian Party of Marion County has announced the dates of their upcoming officer elections.  According to Chris Mayo, the current chair of the LPMC, the party will meet on Monday, January 16th, 2017 to elect the offices of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and two at-large representatives.  The meeting will be held at the Antelope Club, 615 N. Delaware St. and will convene at 7:00 pm.

 

Mayo expressed excitement over the recent surge of attention to the Libertarian Party, noting the great strides they have made in recent years. “Membership is up, the treasury is up and, most importantly, votes are up.  We want to keep that momentum going by continuing to bring new people and new ideas on board.”

 

Jason Sipe, the LPMC’s former chair and current vice-chair, echoed Mayo’s spirit about the attention the LP has been receiving, saying that many of the seasoned board members are, “excited to see a wave of new people involved in the party.  They not only invigorate us all through their youthful energy,” he continued, “they bring new ideas and methods for expanding the message of Liberty.”

 

With no elections being held in 2017, it could prove to be a challenging year to maintain enthusiasm in a political party.  Mayo, though, anticipates no such difficulty with the LPMC, stating that, “2017 is the perfect time to bring in some new energy, capitalize on recent gains, and maintain the vitality of the organization in preparation for the 2018 elections.”  He continued looking to the future, saying that both 2018 and 2019 give the party, “a lot of opportunities for growth and victory in Marion County, and 2017 is the perfect time to start preparing for new successes.”

 

Mayo concluded by speaking about the personal growth that can come from such a leadership position. “Being on the executive committee has been a great learning opportunity for me.  The experiences gained,” he said, “have not only helped me further understand the political landscape and inner workings, but have proven useful in my personal and professional lives as well.”

 

Everyone interested in learning more about the Libertarian Party, whether or not they will be seeking an office, were encouraged by Mayo to plan on attending the January elections.  There will be a social hour before the meeting during which newcomers can meet the membership and find out how they can help make an impact.

 

 

Contact:

Chris Mayo

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Marion County

chair@indylp.org

317-457-0055

New Laws Regulating Pedal Bars Opposed by Libertarian Party of Marion County

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New Laws Regulating Pedal Bars Opposed by Libertarian Party of Marion County

 

 

Indianapolis – September 26, 2016 – The Libertarian Party of Marion County is disappointed to see that members of our City-County Council are considering imposing new laws and regulations on the owners and operators of the pedal bars in our city.  The small businesses, which allow about one dozen people to bicycle around town town together in a safely driven BYOB environment, have become quite popular in Indianapolis in recent years.

 

Chris Mayo, chairman of the LPMC, is especially disappointed that laws like this seem to do little but prevent new business growth.  “When people want to know why it’s so hard to open a small business and succeed,” he said, “we can just point to laws like this that stifle innovation and place additional burdens on the hard-working creative entrepreneurs that produce or provide the things people want or need.”  He continued, “For a city that’s striving to be a trendsetter, we spend entirely too much time trying to solve problems that don’t exist.”

 

Spending those time and resources on non-existent problems is of special concern to Mayo.  “We have serious public safety issues in Indianapolis, and our infrastructure is terrible.  We’re spending more on police than we did 10 years ago, and yet have fewer officers patrolling our neighborhoods,” he stated.  “Let’s solve that problem instead of picking on small businesses.”

 

pickled pedaler indianapolisHaving recently used a pedal bar for an excursion, the LPMC Chair felt his experience was similar to those of most people interacting with them in the city.  “I’ve personally used a pedal bar for a recent outing.  I’ve interacted with them as a motorist, and I’ve enjoyed dinner on Mass Ave as they’ve passed by,”  he said.  “My experience in each case has been a positive one.  They’re a great way to enjoy a city that’s trying to foster growth, progress, and development.”

 

The LPMC is also concerned that the desire to license and demand liability insurance from the pedal bars appears to have actually originated out of noise complaints, which are already covered by city ordinance.  Mayo gawked at the idea, chuckling that, “there are plenty of cars and motorcycles roaming downtown that are louder than a handful of people traveling happily down the road.”

 

 

 

Contact:

Chris Mayo

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Marion County

chair@indylp.org

317-457-0055

 

 

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson to Participate in Purdue Town Hall

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Accepts Invitation to Participate in Purdue University Town Hall Hosted by Mitch Daniels

Indianapolis – August 8, 2016 – The Libertarian Party of Marion County is excited that Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson will participate in a town hall at Purdue University on Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30 pm.  Johnson was formally invited by Purdue University President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and was pleased to accept the gracious invitation.  The exact location at Purdue will be announced closer to the date of the event.

“We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to both Governor Daniels and the team at Purdue for the invitation and creating another opportunity to reach so many voters that aren’t satisfied with the other two candidates on the ballot,” said Chris Mayo, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Marion County.  “This is an awesome opportunity for voters to get to hear the best choice for president on Indiana’s ballot, listen to his positions on the issues, his solutions, and even ask him questions.”

Jim Wallace, regional director for Johnson’s campaign, stated, “Mitch Daniels and Gary Johnson are great chief executives, with unparalleled abilities to manage the big picture while making sure the right steps are taken to achieve it.  These are precisely the skills needed by America’s next chief executive.”  He continued, “I am honored to know Mitch and Gary personally, working with both to drive truly smaller government and personal liberty.  It’s in their DNA. I’m excited to see their shared commitment to making America sane again.”

There will be time made available for the media during the event, Wallace indicated, though he did warn that it was, “filling up fast, so contact the campaign.”

Mayo also said that he expects there to be a private event with Johnson in Indianapolis the day of the event.  Further information will be forthcoming.


Contact:

Chris Mayo
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Marion County

chair@indylp.org
405 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-457-0055

Brad Klopfenstein
State Director, Indiana for Johnson-Weld

klop@att.net
6371 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220
317-442-4061

Red Line Transit Plan Opposed by Libertarian Party of Marion County

The Libertarian Party of Marion County is disappointed in the waste of finances and resources in Prop 145 the City-County Council recently took steps toward approving. The first leg of the project, which has an estimated cost of $96.3 million, covers only 13.6 miles of the 37.5 mile total project, which also requires the creation of dedicated bus lanes. Congress has yet to approve the $75 million grant the city is counting on, and the citizens are going to be asked to pay a higher income tax to subsidize the remainder.

Chris Mayo, chairman of the LPMC, said he is especially disappointed that the council has taken steps to avoid accountability for the project. “Our City-County Council is offering an expensive, counterproductive solution to a problem that doesn’t exist,” he said. “They’re offering it to the voter as a referendum so that, when it passes, our elected officials won’t have to be held accountable when it fails.”

According to the Census Bureau, only 2.5% of Indianapolis is without a car, yet all residents of the city will be asked to foot the bill. “Many of the roads into the city are in deplorable condition,” said Mayo. “Why don’t we use a fraction of those funds to make Southeastern Avenue safe, for example? We should be looking for cost-effective ways to alleviate congestion, not expensive, impractical ways to add to it.”

Mayo also expressed disappointment in the lack of details being provided about the project. “At this juncture, we don’t know how much this venture will add to congestion, what it will do to homes and businesses along the route, or if it’s even the most effective route to take through the city. Citizens should have all the information available before they step into the voting booth in November.”

Finishing his statement, Mayo added that we should seek methods to truly help the workers that rely on IndyGo. “There are a lot of other more effective and practical ways to improve commuting for Indy’s workforce without pouring millions of dollars into an ill-advised, grandiose bus route that benefits contractors more than it does taxpayers.”