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Libertarian Party of Minnesota

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Libertarian Party of Minnesota
ChairmanChris Holbrook
Founded1972; 48 years ago (1972)
Headquarters3270 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minn., 55416
Membership (March 2014)212
IdeologyLibertarianism (American)
National affiliationLibertarian Party
Colors  Gold/Yellow
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The Libertarian Party of Minnesota is a state affiliate of the United States Libertarian Party.


The Libertarian Party of Minnesota was formed in 1972 after Charles Brekke and Steve Richardson wrote to the Libertarian Party, headquartered in Colorado, requesting to charter a state group. They were joined by Frank Haws and Rich Kleinow, who were independently seeking a way to get Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Dr. John Hospers on the ballot in Minnesota.

The first meeting of the LPMN was held at Brekke's home in Minneapolis, where Ed Contoski was elected as the LPMN's first party chair, Rich Kleinow was elected vice chairman, Charles Brekke secretary, and Claudia Jenson treasurer. The original signers of the LPMN charter, considered the founders of the LPMN and the first executive committee, were:[1]

  • Ed Contoski (chair)
  • Rich Kleinow (vice chair)
  • Claudia Jensen (treasurer)
  • Charles Brekke (secretary)
  • Georgiena Brekke
  • Jack Buxell
  • Jane Buxell
  • Franklin Haws
  • Arnette Putman
  • Marc Putman
  • Stephen Richardson

In 1974, Rich Kleinow and Claudia Jensen were the first two candidates for the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, on the ballot for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. Kleinow/Jensen received 1,858 votes and came in 7th place.[2] Dale Hemming, LPMN Chair[3] in 1976, ran for Congress in 1976 and 1978.

Current party leadership

Party leaders are elected each year at the Libertarian Party of Minnesota's State Convention.[4]

Executive Committee Leadership

  • Chris Holbrook – State Party Chair
  • Mason McElvain – State Party Vice Chair
  • Cindy Hucks – State Party Secretary
  • Pat Barnum – State Party Treasurer
  • Matt Kowalski – Executive Director

Executive Committee Members At-Large

  • Annette Babione
  • Tyrone Babione
  • Jill Galvan
  • Justin Jelinek
  • Kay Kammerud
  • Mary O'Connor
  • Bob Odden
  • Chip Tangen
  • Michael Toman

Current elected officials

  • Maynard Meyer -- Madion City Council (elected Nov 2016)
  • Cara Schulz -- Burnsville City Council (elected Nov 2016)
  • Nick Roehl -- Plymouth City Council Ward 2 (elected Nov 2018)
  • Olga Parsons -- Crystal City Council Section 2 (elected Nov 2018)
  • Shawn Ruotsinoja -- St. Bonifacious Mayor (elected Nov 2018)
  • Vince Workman -- Burnsville City Council (elected Nov 2018)
  • Roger Parras -- St. Peter Councilmember Ward 1 (elected Jan 2019)
  • Scott Grotting -- Independence Council Member (elected Nov 2019)



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  5. ^ "Elected Officials". Libertarian Party Elected Officials. Libertarian Party. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
This page was last edited on 29 June 2020, at 02:12
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