September 1, 2012 · 12:00 PM
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MESSAGE FROM SEAN O'TOOLE
This past August, following the primary election, I became the chair of the Jackson County Libertarian Party. I took on this role because I wanted to try some new things at the local level and to see if we could grow our base of local activists. Our core group has not changed much since I moved to Kansas City from Minneapolis nearly seven years ago and while all are committed to libertarian ideals, new blood is needed to reinvigorate our efforts.
Some of you may know Barry Albin and his efforts to expand the party following the 2008 election. While Barry is no longer active in the party leadership, his ideas for party growth at the local level made a lot of sense. The big takeaway was “get involved”. I think all of us recognize the problems of government but unless we are willing to roll up our sleeves and get involved, our ideas will never be heard.
There are many ways to get involved but one of the most effective is to volunteer for local government committees and commissions. Kansas City and the surrounding municipalities have several of these and often there are vacancies waiting to be filled.
Becoming a member of a committee or commission is usually not difficult. Often it is as simple as calling City Hall and asking for a list of committees and which of them have vacancies. If you’ve got a particular base of knowledge, use it to your advantage by seeking appointment to a committee or commission that would benefit from your input.
In closing, with the elections of 2010 out of the way I’d like to begin a new tradition in the Jackson County/Kansas City area with the introduction of a monthly lunch gathering to talk about ideas for how we Libertarians can change our counties and cities through elective politics, voluntary committee/commission service and other forms of activism. These lunches will be informal and open to anyone. I’d like to make them the first Saturday of every month (unless a major holiday interferes) at 12:00 at Grinders in the Crossroads District in Kansas City. Grinders is located at 417 East 18th Street. I’ll send out reminders on Facebook but please pass the word on to anyone that you think might be interested.