An open letter to delegates and alternates.

Dear fellow delegate,

 

I’m Dr. Jo Jorgensen, and I’m seeking your vote for President at the upcoming Libertarian National Convention, May 22-24.

I’m running for President because government is too big, too bossy, and too nosy. Even worse, it often hurts those it claims to help.

 

I think our nominee must be principled, practical, and committed to the long-term growth of our party. We must focus on reducing government power for the benefit of all Americans. We must make principled proposals that also sound reasonable.

 

This approach will give those who dislike Biden and Trump a real alternative.

 

View the answers I gave in last Saturday’s debate to see what I mean. Or you can check out a debate the previous week that included Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI). Compare my proposals and how I present them to what the other candidates say.

 

A delegates-only poll taken after the debate shows that Libertarians like my approach. I gained the most support as other candidates were eliminated, and ultimately won with over 52% of the vote. This table shows the progression from one round to the next (candidates under 5% eliminated after round 1).

 

Presidential Poll LP

 

My approach is bold, principled, and practical.

 

I will focus on building long-term support. We need a bigger, stronger party. Winning one vote in one race is not enough. We need to recruit new team-members at all levels. 

 

Democrats and Republicans have done this for decades. They identify potential supporters. Then they recruit them. Then they mobilize them. I want to do the same thing.

 

We must locate, activate, and motivate our own Libertarian base.

 

This has not happened in recent elections. We’ve run candidates who left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party specifically to run for President or Vice-President. And except for Gary Johnson, all have now returned to their former party.

 

Each of these campaigns was managed by expensive outside consultants, not libertarians!

 

The information gathered on supporters and donors was hoarded by those campaigns. It was not shared in real-time with the party organization. There was no chance to recruit new members and benefit down-ballot candidates. Almost none of the information was shared afterward either.

 

Libertarians paid for ballot status and campaign outreach but reaped none of the rewards. That won’t happen with me!

 

I publicly pledge to share data with the national LP in real-time, so it can benefit local affiliates and down-ballot candidates.

 

I have no interest in hoarding data to help me set up a foundation or run for some future office.

 

If you like my approach, please do the following…

 

Submit my name for the national convention debate when you receive your debate token by email. Only the top five candidates will be allowed to debate.

 

Please vote for me on the first ballot, and all subsequent ballots.

 

If you prefer someone else now, please vote for me if your preferred candidate is eliminated.

 

I want to run a campaign that will unite and grow our party. I want to expand the libertarian base, not just for my campaign, but for all future efforts.

 

Please help me make that happen!

 

Yours in liberty,

 

Dr. Jo Jorgensen

 

PS: A bit about my background: I discovered the Libertarian Party in 1979 when I heard Honey Lanham on a local Dallas radio show, and I attended the next local party meeting. I cast my first presidential vote for Ed Clark in 1980. 

 

After moving to Greenville, South Carolina in 1983, I formally joined the LP and became active with the local and state party. I volunteered at fair booths, collected petition signatures, served as county chair and state vice-chair, and ultimately ran for Congress in 1992.

 

In 1996 was the late great Harry Browne’s vice-presidential running mate. I campaigned in 32 states and did over 300 media appearances.

 

I have a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Clemson 2002), as well as a Master of Business Administration (SMU 1980). In 2006, I was invited to join the faculty of Clemson University, where I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Prior to that, I had a successful career as a small business owner. I am married with two grown daughters and an adorable grandson.