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Geoff Neale

Geoffrey J. Neale is the former chair of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the executive body of the Libertarian Party of the United States. He served two non-consecutive terms in that position. Neale's first term as LNC chair extended from 2002[1] to 2004. During the beginning of that first term he served for nine months unpaid in order to help the party financially.[2] He served his second term from 2012 to 2014.

In 2006 Neale was elected Treasurer of the Libertarian National Committee.[3] In January 2007 he resigned that position and was replaced by Aaron Starr.[4] Neale later stated that he had resigned as Treasurer because the committee had passed, over his objections, a budget that was unbalanced by $500,000.[5]

The 2012 Libertarian National Convention, held May 2-6, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, saw a two-day election of officers and members-at-large of the Libertarian National Committee officers leading to the defeat of most of the incumbents who were seen as being part of a "top-down faction".[6][7] The voting for chair saw the first instance where "None of the Above", which was listed as a choice on the party ballot, received more votes than any of the candidates for chair. After a new list of individuals was nominated, Neale was elected chair.[8][9]

At the 2014 Libertarian National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, Neale was defeated by Nicholas Sarwark in his bid for re-election as LNC chair.[10]

Neale is a software engineer consultant from Texas.

References

  1. ^ Libertarian Party Still Small, Consistent, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 8, 2002.
  2. ^ Geoff Neale's nomination speech for LNC chair at Reason magazine writer Garrett Quinn's YouTube page at 1 minute.
  3. ^ Minutes from the 2006 Libertarian National Convention, held July 1-2 in Portland, Oregon, from Libertarian National Committee meeting archives web page.
  4. ^ Libertarian National Committee then-Vice Chair Chuck Moulton's attendance notes, no minutes of that meeting being available at the Libertarian National Committee meeting archives web page.
  5. ^ Geoff Neale's nomination speech for LNC chair at Garrett Quinn's YouTube page at 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  6. ^ Garrett Quinn,Gary Johnson: The LNC Chair Race is Exciting! Interesting!, Reason.com, May 6, 2012
  7. ^ Garret Quinn, Starchild Is Here, Reason.com, May 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Garret Quinn, Geoff Neale is the new LNC Chairman, Reason.com, May 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Libertarian Party Takes Two Days to Choose Party Officers, Ballot Access News, May 6th, 2012.
  10. ^ "Nicholas Sarwark elected to lead Libertarian Party". Hammeroftruth.com. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Lark
U.S. Libertarian Party National Chairman
2002 – 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Dixon
Preceded by
Mark Hinkle
U.S. Libertarian Party National Chairman
2012 – 2014
Succeeded by
Nicholas Sarwark
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