Williamson County Libertarians will be holding their precinct and county conventions on March 8th and 12th respectively to nominate candidates for the November general election. All voters who reside in Williamson County are eligible to vote in the conventions. “Over 18,000 Williamson County residents voted for at least one Libertarian candidate in 2010, but most voters still don’t realize that they can cast a ballot in the Libertarian conventions. We welcome all Williamson County voters to participate and learn more about the Libertarian Party,” said Libertarian County Vice Chair Bo Zimmerman. “We nominate our candidates by convention. We find this process much more cost-effective and efficient compared to the taxpayer-funded Republican and Democratic primaries. Libertarians qualify to use the primary system, but we prefer to take responsibility for own conventions.” On Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00PM, the Libertarian Party will hold its precinct conventions at Logan’s Roadhouse, 2702 Parker Road in Round Rock. During precinct conventions, precinct chairs and delegates to the county convention are elected. On Saturday, March 12 at 5:00PM, the Williamson County Libertarian Party will hold its county convention at the Round Rock Public Library, Room B. During the county convention, nominees will be chosen for partisan elected offices within Williamson County. Delegates will also be selected to represent Williamson County at the state convention. Williamson County Libertarians meet on the second Monday of every month at Logan’s Roadhouse, 2702 Parker Road in Round Rock at 7PM.
To RSVP and find more information about the March 8th Precinct Conventions, go here: meetup.com precinct convention event
To RSVP and find more information about the March 12th County Convention, go here: meetup.com county convention event
Williamson County Libertarians continued to see growth in 2014, with a tripling of participation in our March 11th Precinct Convention, and a doubling of delegate participation at our County Convention on March 15th. This years County Convention, held at the Round Rock Public Library, nominated the following candidates:
- Justin Billiot for Texas House of Representatives, District 136
- Meta Lyons-Bates for County Commissioner, Precinct 2
- Robert Frische for County Commissioner, Precinct 4
- Erwin “Danny” Michael for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
- Irene Johnson for Texas House of Representatives, District 52
County Officers for the upcoming two-year term were also unanimously elected, including our new Chairman, Robert Butler. Joining him are Bo Zimmerman as Vice-Chair, Irene Johnson as Secretary, and Matt Whittington as Treasurer. The Williamson County LP Executive Committee is made up of up to two representatives from each of the county’s four JP precincts. The executive committee for 2014-2016 includes Erik Ellison from Precinct 1, Matt Whittington and Daniel Michael from Precinct 2, James Andrews and Jason Kute from Precinct 3, and Mark Aspenweiter from Precinct 4.
Delegates to District and State Conventions were also selected. To the April 2014 Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention go: Matt Whittington, Mark Aspenweiter, Bo Zimmerman, Robert Butler, Jaclyn Finkel, Daniel Michael, and Heather Fazio. A motion was also approved to allow all remaining delegates who expressed interest to be considered alternate delegates, should the state party alter its rules to accommodate them.
Lastly, in addition to voicing it’s approval for our 3 District Convention Candidates, the convention delegates unanimously approved two resolutions for the State Convention.
According to the April/May “Community Impact”, Round Rock residents may get an opportunity to say “No” to more city debt, “No” to wasteful city spending, and “No” to debt without representation.
The last time the city issued new debt was in 2002, about 10 years ago. Ironically, the city is still paying on that debt. Debt service currently constitutes about 10% of the 2012 city budget. That means that, if the city had not issued all that debt, it would have had 10% more money to spend on essential city services today.
According to Fitch Ratings, “overall debt levels remain elevated” for the city of Round Rock.
The city says it needs this new debt because tax income from Dell Corp is lower. This is a bad reason to take on new debt. When normal people see a drop in their income, they normally look to cutting back their expenses. The City of Round Rock, however, wants to take out new loans, making our city fathers seem very unlike normal people.
Also troubling is that it’s not the current residents who will vote in the bond election who will necessarily be paying back these loans. The city council cites the cities growth in the last 10 years, nearly 40,000 new residents, as the reason it needs to max out the credit cards. It is those new residents whose money is paying the debt taken on before they even moved here. It will be residents new and old who will bear the burden of new debt in the future.
The city says it needs this money for parks and outdoor sports facilities. If so, I’m sure users of those facilities would be excited to pay fees to enjoy such things. Alas, we’ll never know. The city proposes to take the money from all of us, if a bit over 5% of Round Rock residents give them the go ahead (turnout in city elections is around 10%). Don’t be one of them. Vote NO on any new bond elections for Round Rock.
The Williamson County Libertarian Party will have a booth at the Round Rock 4th of July Frontier Days celebration. Stop by and meet some of our local candidates, pick up literature, take the Worlds Smallest Quiz, and get a balloon!