Texas Libertarian Convention: Being small has its advantages

Apr 21, 2014

Chairman Pat Dixon presiding at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention in Temple on April 12, 2014.
Chairman Pat Dixon presiding at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention in Temple on April 12, 2014.
Credit Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Libertarian Party recently held its convention in Temple to nominate statewide candidates.  With fewer votes than it takes to get on the vestry of a church, November nominees were chosen.  But, there are advantages to being a small group reported The Texas Tribune.

  • Every vote does count.  219 delegates attended the convention.  216 received ballots.  109 votes were all it took to get on the November ballot.
  • The delegates chum through rules and argue over ballots in a way that puts personal back into a political process that today plays out in commercials, mailers, and neighborhood canvassing.
  • Libertarians meet, argue, vote, and go live with the results. 
  • Their convention operates as a decision-making machine to send candidates to the general public.

 

More about the Texas Libertarian Convention is available from The Texas Tribune.