With all the commotion regarding the 2016 Libertarian presidential race, there is one race that has seemingly taken a back seat in the Libertarian Party and that is the race for the national party Chair.
Inventor and journalist, Charles Peralo is one of the candidates running, announcing his candidacy today/yesterday, Peralo looks to do what so many former, and the current chairperson has promised to do but failed upon – bring the Libertarian Party into the modern age.
Speaking with Being Libertarian, Peralo made mention on what his campaign is all about:
“Well, I’ve thought about this for a little while now. It really just came as sort of a silly thought after attending a few Libertarian conventions, but the realization struck ‘What is the LP doing right that makes me seeking the chairman spot a ridiculous idea?’. I kept that thought and realized no chairman has done a noticeably good job and at the end of the day I have a skill set focused on being creative and selling things. This run is ultimately about putting myself out there to just make it known that the LP is not succeeding and it needs a new idea list.”
Peralo added, “While winning is the ultimate goal, I’d say the second goal is really just getting 25% at the convention and using it at the plum opportunity to show people the libertarian needs to do this to win. For that, I’m proud to be running and hope others can enjoy that.”
Peralo’s competition includes former Indiana Libertarian Party chair, Mark Rutherford, Nevada Libertarian Party chair, Brett Pojunis and incumbent national Libertarian Party chair Nicholas Sarwark. While a couple of Peralo’s competition have made promises on modernizing the Libertarian Party, Peralo mentioned what sets himself apart:
“Well the most obvious thing is that I actually have a technical background and a business background. Everyone else seeking this position is more of a legal or political background and to my knowledge, nobody writes code, nobody has ever had a patent, nobody has started a company in the consumer products space and nobody has the experience I bring to the table as an inventor and person seasoned with startups. I think the greatest idea I’ve proposed is building a simple online toolkit for all candidates and local parties to get cheap access to high quality web services as well as one national LP app that connects you to your party in moments.”
Peralo concluded, “One thing I’d also like to ask is just asking everyone to go visit the ideas section to Charlesperalo.com. There I explain clearly a lot of plans on marketing, fundraising and local strategies to improve or modernize the party. From the three others currently running, I haven’t seen a lot in terms of ideas.”
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