How Did We Arrive Here?

Timeline of events


5/12/20234 min read

  • May 8, 2022: 2022 LPM Summer Call to Convention was sent to affiliate chairs.

  • June 8, 2022: Notice of convention for July 9, 2022 convention was given.

  • June 15, 2022: Tim Yow (Chair) and Ben Boren (First Vice-Chair) separately submit their resignations.

  • June 18, 2022: Andrew Chadderdon gave ruling, based upon his research, that he auto-ascended to the position of Chair.

  • June 19, 2022: Executive Committee given notice by Dave Canny of a motion for a Vote of No Confidence against Andrew Chadderdon.

  • June 23, 2022: Emails dated June 23, 2022 between Executive Committee and Connor Nepomuceno.

  • June 29, 2022: Dave Canny manually sent notice of his motion for a Vote of No Confidence and to fill vacancies at the regular Nominating Convention to Party members.

  • June 29, 2022: Executive Committee meeting in which Andrew Chadderdon sought approval to hire an attorney and parliamentarian.

  • June 29, 2022: Bill Hall submitted a member petition which contained 51 names to have special convention to occur at the same time as the Nominating Convention to fill the Executive Committee vacancies. This was rejected and went unaddressed.

  • July 5, 2022: Attorney Eric Doster met with Executive Committee and gave advice that any corporate law does not supersede the organization's bylaws and that the actions of a convention are unassailable. He also stated that he is not informed of the notice requirements of LPMI. The full video of the Executive Session can be found here

  • July 9, 2022: Regular Nominating Convention held. District Rep vacancies were filled and a Vote of No Confidence against Andrew Chadderdon passed by required majority. A video of the convention is here. Board seated at this convention will be referred to as the July 9th board.

  • November 18, 2022: Appeal submitted to the LPM Judicial Committee by Andrew Chadderdon. Appeal can be found here.

  • November 29, 2022: Parliamentarian Jonathan M. Jacobs submitted a written opinion in support of the Chadderdon appeal. He also provided his resume.

  • November 30, 2022: Parliamentarian Josh Martin submitted a written opinion in support of Respondents.

  • December 1, 2022-December 8, 2022: Submission 8 members in support of Respondents.

  • December 1, 2022: Submission of Joe Brungardt and other signatories in support of Respondents.

  • December 2, 2022: Parliamentarian Richard Brown submitted a written opinion in support of Respondents.

  • December 2, 2022: Submission of supplemental files to JC from Andrew Chadderdon.

  • December 4, 2022: Joe Brungardt sent email to Party membership regarding pending appeal.

  • December 9, 2022: The LPMI Judicial Committee had its hearing on the Chadderdon appeal. A video of the hearing can be found here.

  • December 13, 2022: The LPMI Judicial Committee had a meeting to decide the matter and produced minutes and a written opinion. JC Member Robert Roddis produced a concurring opinion.

  • December 23, 2022: Parliamentarian Jonathan M. Jacobs submitted an email supplement to his written opinion in support of Chadderdon appeal.

  • December 26, 2022: LPMI Judicial Committee Chair Connor Nepomuceno issued a concurring opinion that adopted the novel assertion that the regularly scheduled Nominating was a "unicorn" or special convention as posited by Jonathan M. Jacobs, the parliamentarian employed by Andrew Chadderdon.

  • December 26, 2022: Andrew Chadderdon seized control of LPM assets including website, CIVICRM, email, and other digital accounts. JC vacated board led by Andrew Chadderdon will be referred to as the Chadderdon board.

  • December 26, 2022: Brian Ellison filed a Judicial Committee appeal regarding Mr. Chadderdon's stepping down from chairing July convention before hearing an appeal on his ruling.

  • December 30, 2022: Judicial Committee issued a response declining to hear Brian Ellison's appeal.

  • January 3, 2023: Joe Brungardt submits signed petitions to Chadderdon board calling for a special convention within 45 days to fill officer and district rep vacancies and a motion of no confidence in Andrew Chadderdon to be addressed by members at special convention.

  • January 6, 2023: Chadderdon board calls a special meeting of the LEC to address the petitions. Rejects 45-day bylaw requirement for convening special convention after accepting petitions.

  • January 25, 2023: Chadderdon board held special meeting to set date for Special Convention and fill vacancies in district seats. They reject the nominees selected at caucus and seat hand-picked MC members on the board. They approve signing a contract with a venue for an event on April 1st, a date more than 45-days from date petitions were accepted. Meeting minutes can be found here.

  • February 3, 2023: The July 9th, LEC calls a special meeting to discuss the impact of MCL 450.2535 (Non-Profit Corporation Act) and rejects the automatic execution of findings by a committee, instead referring JC opinion to members. Video of the meeting can be found here.

  • February 3, 2023: The July 9th, LEC sends call to Regular Convention to be held April 1, 2023 in Lansing to affiliate chairs.

  • February 16, 2023: Joe Brungardt receives letter from Angela McArdle [1] [2] [3] and a Cease & Desist letter [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] from Attorney Eric Doster (yes, the same one that advised the LEC on July 5th, 2022 that elections and motion of no confidence were in order) retained by Andrew's board.

  • April 1, 2023: Regular convention called by the July 9th board occurs in Lansing. 74 members were in attendance.

  • April 1, 2023: Special convention called by Andrew Chadderdon's board occurs in Wixom. 42 members were in attendance. 1 of those members later attended the regular convention in Lansing.

  • May 5, 2023: Trademark complaint and required report to the USPTO filed by the LNC.

  • June 10, 2023: US District Court Judge issues Order striking plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction [5] and directing plaintiff to comply with the local counsel requirement. LNC has until June 16, 2023 to refile.

  • August 24, 2023: a district court in the Eastern District of Michigan imposed a preliminary injunction that restricts us from using the “Libertarian Party” designation in relation to our political endeavors. We respectfully contest this decision and have taken measures to appeal it. (See Libertarian National Committee, Inc. v. Saliba, Case No 5:23-cv-11074 (E.D. Mich.), ECF No 21, 24).

  • November 27th, 2023: Appellant Brief was filed in the US Court of Appeals in the 6th Circuit by Lena Shapiro on behalf of defendants.

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