Friday, February 24, 2006

Why I'm running for regional LNC Representative

I'm excited about the opportunities for Libertarians throughout America, but concerned about recent results from the National Libertarian Party. I want to do my part to make sure the Libertarian Party is strong at the national, state, and local levels.

In the coming weeks, I'll offer my views and solicit your opinions on:

* The LNC
* Political activity
* State parties
* Ballot access
* National fundraising
* Accounting policies
* Dues vs zero-dues membership
* Database management
* Revenue sharing
* The Platform
* National staff
* Independent PACs vs centralization

and many more issues that are critical to the success of Libertarians throughout America.

While I see many serious challenges on many fronts, I see plenty of achievable opportunity for growth in the near term. That's why I'm willing to apply my efforts and resources towards building the Libertarian Party. As an LNC representative, I will do my best to make the most productive decisions for the Libertarian Party.

Qualifications - Resume

Wes Benedict
1403-B Kenwood Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-4910


2004 – present Libertarian Party of Texas, Austin, TX

Executive Director

· Full-time paid position responsible for fundraising, candidate recruitment, state and county organization development, media relations, and infrastructure development including database, website, e-mail lists, and marketing materials. Created this paid position for previously volunteer only organization. Created Assistant Director and Fundraising Director paid staff positions. Multiple appearances on television, radio, and in local newspapers. Recruited record 218 candidates for November 2006 elections.

2000 – 2003 Custom Quality Marble, Inc., Austin, TX


· Bought 1/3 ownership kitchen/bath synthetic marble countertop, shower and tub manufacturing company. Employees: 17. Grew sales from $900,000 to $1.2 million. Sold company in 2003 for $1.2 million (sale price, not gain).

Sept 98 – Jan 00 PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Consultant, Supply Chain Management/Consumer & Industrial Prod.

May 97 – Aug 97 Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR

Tauber Manufacturing Institute Internship

· Designed flexible manufacturing process for server systems assembly.

1992-1996 3M Company various states and overseas

Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

· Worked on teams in manufacturing plants to improve productivity, quality, and delivery. Included 6-month projects in South Africa and Italy.


1986-1998 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
Dual Degree: M.B.A. and Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing

1986-1991 University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
B.S., Mechanical Engineering


May 2005 Austin City Council Candidate

· Placed 2nd out of 5 candidates receiving 10,439 votes or 18% in non-partisan race with incumbent. Campaign activity: $15,000 budget; paid part-time campaign manager; 93 volunteers distributed 40,000 flyers door-to-door; 1,200 bumper stickers distributed; 1,400 yard signs installed; 20,000 automated phone calls; endorsed by Green Party, Austin Toll Party and Independent Texans; 53 public events and forums attended.

2003 - 2004 Volunteer Coordinator, LPTX Ballot Access Committee

· Volunteers collected 10,000 signatures. Assisted management of paid petitioners and validation team. 82,000 raw signatures were submitted to satisfy 45,540 valid signature requirement.

May 2003 Austin City Council Candidate

· Received 35% of vote in at-large two-way non-partisan race.

2002-2003 Travis County LP Secretary

2001-2002 Travis County E-Newsletter Editor: circulation over 700

Nov 2002 Candidate, Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 4

· Received 1,609 votes (4.6%) in 3-way race.

1999 Chair, LP Cobb County, GA

· First meeting I attended in 1998 had 2 other attendees. Started e-newsletter; was appointed chair by existing chair; meetings consistently attracted 15 attendees by the time I left in 2000 for Austin.