This is on-the-minute news, so there may well be inaccuracies
Four LNC members – Starr, Sink-Burris, Colley, and Karlan – have moved to fill Angela Keaton’s just vacated seat with Alicia Mattson. Apparently their call for a vote on Alicia’s nomination precludes consideration of other possible candidates until the up/down vote on Mattson can be concluded – which can (must?) take two weeks.
Note: as I write this, one of my assumptions – that multiple simultaneous balloting is not allowable – has been questioned by an LNC member. I rec’d the information from another LNC member, so at least one of us has had some misunderstanding here. I hope it can be sorted out quickly, but I will still publish my original statement.
Following is my request/statement to the LNC members:
Fellow activists and representatives,
I was saddened, as I am sure many of you are, by the sudden resignation of Angela Keaton from the LNC. I understand that it is the role of the LNC to fill Angela’s seat, and I can understand that the body would not want to remain with an unfilled seat for any longer than reasonably necessary. However, I also think there is no reason to unduly rush the filling of the seat and I assumed that there would be some reasonable period of time to allow for deliberation regarding the best method to replace Angela, discussion of the possible candidates for the position, and time for representatives to consult with their constituencies on the matter if they so wish.
Instead, I have been informed that Alicia Mattson has been nominated and that no other candidates can be considered until this vote is concluded. I am sorry that such a choice has been placed on you as a body.
I think this is unfortunate, because it means, in effect, that a representative wanting to vote FOR a more deliberative, careful, and open process, is placed in the awkward position of voting AGAINST a proven, dedicated activist. Representatives unwilling to make such a negative vote will, in effect, be voting against taking the time for due consideration and reflection that should be accorded this important choice.
As my vote count for the last available at-large seat in Denver was separated from Alicia’s by only four votes, and as I beleive it is clear that I represent a constituency that has much more overlap with Ms. Keaton’s than does Ms. Mattson’s, I think a strong argument can be made that I, rather than Ms. Mattson, should fill the seat.
But I am not writing now to make that argument. I am simply writing to urge you each to vote to allow that argument to be heard, and to give it a good listen.
I will not present my vitae for the position in this note – it’s purpose was instead simply to let you know that I am interested in serving in the capacity of at-large representative, and to urge you to vote, not AGAINST Ms. Mattson, but FOR a more open and deliberative process.
Thank you all for your continued service to the Libertarian Party and to the principles it represents.
Susan Hogarth | Outreach Director
Libertarian Party of NC