Q: How do I know if my county is affiliated?
A: 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.
Q: How do I become a County Chair of an unaffiliated County?
A: 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.
Q: What does it mean to be an appointed Temporary County Chair?
A: 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.
Q: Is the Temporary County Chair automatically elected as County Chair?
A: 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.
Q: What happens after I get appointed Temporary County Chair?
A: 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.
Q: What’s the difference between County Chair and Temporary County Chair?
A: 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).
Q: If I have questions along the way, who do I ask?
A: 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.
Q: Who is eligible to serve as County Chair?
A: 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.