The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party. It was founded in 1971. Our vision is for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property. We are building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a Libertarian direction. The Libertarian Party consists of three organizational levels.
The Libertarian National Committee is headquartered in Washington, DC. There are active chapters in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia. Many Texas counties, including Bexar have local chapters.
The Bexar County chapter coordinates with the Libertarian Party of Texas on state wide issues. Locally, we work to raise awareness of Libertarian principals and facilitate Libertarian participation in elections. We meet monthly to plan and implement projects. We often have a presentation fifteen to thirty minutes duration on a topic relevant to Libertarian values. We also have informal social gatherings several times a year. Our monthly meetings and social gatherings are open to the public. Persons interested in becoming active in the Libertarian Party are encouraged to attend our meetings and social gatherings and volunteer for local party activities that interest them. Input into the state and national organizations evolves from participation at the local level and then becoming involved in state level and national level committees and working groups once local experience is gained.
Each organizational level of the Libertarian Party is financially independent and relies on voluntary contributions for its funds. Persons considering donating to the Libertarian Party are encouraged to decide their total financial commitment to the Libertarian Party and then divide that financial commitment between the three organizational levels of the Libertarian Party as they see fit.
You can look at the history of the national party to get an idea of how it has progressed since its founding in 1971. The national group has a staff that is directed by the national committee. The committee is made up of members from regional districts across the United States. The national level has chartered the party in all 50 states. Its goal is to work on informing the public on the issues and getting ballot access.
You can view the national platform and learn more about national issues or signup for the newsletter by visiting the website. You can choose to donate, as well as go to the LP store to purchase materials to share with family and friends or items with the LP brand.
The Libertarian Party of Texas is run by the current staff members and decisions about the party are made by the Texas State Libertarian Executive Committee (SLEC). The state chair gives charters to the local county groups, like Bexar county, to conduct offical LP business for that county. During elections it holds a state convention where candidates are accepted from the counties and voted on to run for office. The main purpose of the state party is to create a structural and informative framework to support the growth of counties and help all candidates run for office.
The county level is the most important part of the party structure. The county promotes local information campagins and serves as an organizational hub for members in the region. The county also support candidates during election seasons.
Bexar county wants to organize and grow to help all of our Libertarian members. If you want to get involved this is the place to do it. There are many ways to be involved and you are encouraged to contact the county officers at any time to find out how you may want to participate.
This is the smallest unit of a political organization. The precinct level is the ideal path to greater involvement. This is where people get involved with their immediate community and help spread the message most effectively.
Precinct level leaders include block captains, precinct coordinators and precinct chairs. If you would like to volunteer for a precinct level leadership position, contact the county chair for more information.