October 30, 2007
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Mark Byrne is a candidate for Port Huron City Council; there are 7 seats, 6 incumbents and 6 challengers. Mark has not sought any help from the Libertarian Party of Michigan, but welcomes any help that is available. Mark is open about his Libertarian affiliation.
It's a non-partisan race, but Mark listed his Chairmanship of the Libertarian party of St Clair and Sanilac County as political experience in the newspaper, and on several online forums. He also mentioned the Libertarian Party at the first televised debate and intends to do so again during his radio interview this Tuesday morning and in the second debate Thursday.
According to Byrne, the Teamsters said he was the first Libertarian they had ever endorsed and the AFL-CIO was also well aware of him being Libertarian when they endorsed him. The Times Herald has endorsed 5 of the 6 incumbents along with a former police officer and a former Mayor.
More info is available on the race at
What a better place to find genuine active voters than at a local election? Naturally those running for local office, and volunteers in a position to help them will be greeting voters on the way in. Then again plenty of other people will be competing for that last minute vote.
But what about on the way out? I have done this before. When I hand them the literature they smugly say, “I already voted.” To which I would say, "This is for the next election." So if you can’t get to polls where Libertarians are running for City Council, you can always distribute exit literature at your local precinct; even a generic piece on libertarianism could make an impression.
Furthermore, petitioners can find plenty of registered voters to sign their petitions. In this issue of LPM-online there is an article on Mark Byrne. There are also three other candidates:
Hazel Park Councilman Andy Lecureaux is seeking re-election. He has served as Mayor Pro-Tem, and has been on a number of committees.
He could use some poll workers the day of the election and is doing a lit drop on Saturday, Nov. 3rd starting at 10 am.
He can always be reached by cell phone at: 248-225-7372
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden City Council Candidate, David Nagy would appreciate any help at the Garden City Polls on Voting Day. Even an hour or two would help. David will have some info sheet to hand-out like he did 2-Years ago. In that election he lost by only 13 votes. With a little more help, he hopes to win this year.
Contact him at:
Owasso Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Owen has been in office for 6 years, and believes he is in a good position for reelection. There are 7 candidates vying for 4 positions on the Owasso City Council.
He may be contacted at: email@example.com
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