Historic LP Texas State Convention Meets Online, Names New All-Female Leadership
From LP News | Vol. 50, Issue 3 | Quarter 3, 2020
By Chris Clemence • LPHQ Stewardship Associate
The Libertarian Party of Texas bore witness to profound change this convention season. After a 103-day delay, the state convention moved 500 miles across the state to host both in-person and online delegates as they elected the party’s first-ever all-female team of executive officers.
LPTexas held its biennial convention in Big Spring, Texas, forced to relocate in both time and place from the party’s initial plans to hold it in McAllen in mid-April. With only days to find a new venue and make arrangements for the gathering, Big Spring mayor Shannon Thomason stepped forward and arranged for his party to use the historic Big Spring Municipal Auditorium to carry out its convention.
With a venue identified, the convention committee went to work. The 87-year-old building presented unique challenges for the tech team, and several days of tests began almost immediately. Drawing upon the knowledge and experiences gained at the national convention a few weeks earlier, delegates who were unable to attend in person were linked to the venue via Zoom and managed on a Discord channel.
The work of the party began on Saturday morning, gaveled in by outgoing state chair John Wilford of Denton County. The first issue to decide was that of online participation. Though questions remained and doubts lingered, the delegates in the 1,412-seat auditorium allowed online participants to become credentialed and have input in the party’s business by a comfortable margin.
LPTexas’s rules were the scene of a great deal of activity and interest, as the delegates chose to return to amending them at the conclusion of all other business for the day. The rules committee submitted a report offering almost three dozen proposed changes, with all but ten of them entered into the rules in some form. Seven of the committee’s recommendations were passed unamended, and four of those without objection.
Of the changes made to the bylaws, a sizable portion of them were done i
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