November 23, 2005
The Vermont Libertarian Party held their biannual reorganization meeting on Saturday, November 19 in Randolph.
Delegates at the meeting elected Hardy Machia of Grand Isle as Vermont Party Chair, Heavenly Ryan of Burlington as Vice-Chair, Brendan Kinney of Essex as Secretary, Michael Bandler of Mendon as Treasurer, and Stephen Farrington of Stockbridge as Assistant Treasurer.
“The Libertarian Party proudly champions the cause of liberty and freedom in Vermont,” Machia said. “Our party is known as a haven for independents and people who are disillusioned with the major parties,” Machia said.
A year in advance of the 2006 election, Machia notes a new level of interest and indicates that there will be a significant focus on running active and aggressive campaigns in the coming year. “Recent polls show that Americans are continuing to turn away from the Democrats and Republicans, and we have been approached by an unprecedented number of individuals considering a run in 2006,” Machia said.
Machia as the new chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party seeks to promote the Libertarian Party as the centrist party in Vermont. “Vermont is polarized between the socialist democrats and social conservatives. Now is the time for a center-of-center party that represents fiscally responsible and socially tolerant Vermonters. Our appeal is to the middle class, the small business owners, and the highly taxed soccer moms and dads.”
Hardy Machia, 36, operates his computer software business Catamount Software out of his home in Grand Isle. He is president and co-founder of Vermont NORML. He also co-founded and serves on the executive board of the Vermont Chapter of the National Youth Rights Association. Machia served as Chair of the Grand Isle Selectboard in 2000, was elected as a Justice of the Peace as a Libertarian in 2002, and ran a full-time campaign as the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor in 2004.
For more information:
Vermont Libertarian Party
PO Box 5475
Burlington VT 05402
Hardy Machia, Chair