- How do I know if my county is affiliated?
- What is a County Chair?
- Who is eligible to serve as County Chair?
- How do I become a County Chair if my county is already affiliated?
- How do I become a County Chair in an unaffiliated county?
- What does it mean to be an appointed Temporary County Chair?
- What is the difference between County Chair and Temporary County Chair?
- If I have questions along the way, who do I ask?
Visit our County Chairs page and search for your county’s name. If your county is not listed, then it is unaffiliated. If it is listed, then you can go ahead and reach out to your County Chair with the provided contact information to get involved locally!
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, mostly centering around the organization of Precinct and County Conventions held in election years and documentation of candidates seeking to obtain the Libertarian Party’s nomination at those conventions. Other duties include holding 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.
Anyone is eligible to serve as County Chair if they are a registered voter in that county and they affiliate with LPTexas. A person is ineligible if they have already affiliated with any other political party during that calendar year, such as by voting in another party’s primary, participating in their convention, or taking an Oath of Affiliation with them.
County Chairs serve a term that lasts until the next biannual county convention. At that convention, anyone eligible to serve as County Chair can be nominated to fill the role for the next term. Whichever person seeking the position that wins the election at the convention will be the new County Chair.
If the County Chair position becomes vacant before the county convention, the county party's bylaws may specify a procedure to call a meeting to elect a new Chair to fill that or other vacancies.
In unaffiliated counties, anyone eligible to serve as a County Chair may submit a Temporary County Chair application: https://www.lptexas.org/county_chair_app
Once their eligibility is confirmed, applicants are interviewed by at least three members of LPTexas leadership. Based on the interviewers’ input, the State Chair then decides whether or not to appoint the applicant as Temporary County Chair to form a new county affiliate.
The Temporary County Chair is the person who LPTexas empowers with the responsibility of recruiting local members and facilitating the initial conventions to organize the county party with the adoption of bylaws and election of a County Executive Committee. Their main goal is outreach to build a core group of local Libertarians and preparing that group to fulfill various roles needed to sustain a successful county party.
An appointed Temporary County Chair and an elected County Chair share all the same powers and responsibilities. The only difference is that a Temporary County Chair is subject to oversight by SLEC while elected County Chairs are accountable to local members of their county party. Both must fulfill duties specified in Texas Election Code and LPTexas State Rules, and an elected County Chair is likely subject to additional responsibilities described in the bylaws of their county party, which operates as an self-sufficient organization affiliated with LPTexas.
Our County Coordinator ([email protected]) 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 help with the formation of new 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.