- How do I know if my county is affiliated?
- What is a county chair?
- How do I become a County Chair of an unaffiliated County?
- How do I become a County Chair in an affiliated County?
- What does it mean to be an appointed Temporary County Chair?
- Is the Temporary County Chair automatically elected as County Chair?
- What happens after I get appointed Temporary County Chair?
- What’s the difference between County Chair and Temporary County Chair?
- If I have questions along the way, who do I ask?
- Who is eligible to serve as County Chair?
Visit http://www.lptexas.org/state-county-affiliates and search for your county’s name. If you don’t find it, then your county is unaffiliated. If you do, then you can go ahead and reach out to your county chair to get involved locally using the email or phone number indicated alongside their name.
A county chair is the person who facilitates the business of a county party. This includes filing and maintaining necessary paperwork prescribed by Texas Election Code such as Notices of Precinct and County Conventions in even numbered years, Certifications of Nominees when candidates are nominated for precinct and county level races, and accepting and maintaining Applications for Nomination for people seeking nomination for precinct and county level offices. This will also include doing things like calling meetings of the county party to conduct necessary business such as voting on expenditures, making plans for events the county would like to host or be a part of, and electing other members of party leadership. The county chair also serves as the primary hub of communication between the state party and their county party.
In unaffiliated counties, after a person submits a County Chair application, they are interviewed by three members of party leadership, and then the State Chair decides whether or not to appoint the applicant based on input from the interviewers. The process generally takes 1-2 weeks.
If there is no one serving as county chair currently and there are other members in positions of county leadership, a meeting should be called according to the county's bylaws to elect a new chair. At the meeting to elect a new chair, nominations will be opened, and a person who would like to step into the role of county chair could be nominated. Whichever person seeking the position that gains a majority of the vote will be the new County Chair.
If a person wants to become County Chair at the bi-annual county convention, they would be able to be nominated during the part of the convention when leadership elections are held. Whichever person seeking the position that gains a majority of the vote will be the new County Chair.
The Temporary County Chair is the person who has accepted the responsibility of organizing the initial business meeting of the county party and holding an election for County Chair.
The Temporary County Chair is usually elected County Chair at the initial formal business meeting, but anyone who is eligible to serve can be nominated and elected.
You will be expected to hold a business meeting within 90 days of your appointment as Temporary County Chair. At that meeting, you may also conduct other business, but are required to hold an election for County Chair.
The Temporary County Chair is responsible for initial setup of the county business and organizing a public meeting to elect the person who will serve as County Chair. Once elected, the County Chair is responsible for overseeing and organizing county business along with any other elected Executive Committee members until their term ends at the close of the next County Convention (held in even number years according to Texas Election Code).
Our County Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions you have before, during, and after the process of becoming a County Chair. In fact, their whole job is to serve as a resource to affiliates, liaison between county and state level organization, and provide guidance in navigating the duties of county chair as prescribed by Texas Election Code and LPTexas State Rules. You can also reach out to the State Libertarian Executive Committee Member that represents your State Senate District, or any of the State Officers.
A person who is registered to vote in the county in which they wish to serve, and who has not affiliated with any other political party during that year by voting in a primary, participating in their convention, or taking an Oath of Affiliation is eligible to serve as that county’s Chair.