Here I am again - the Chair in a chair! This chair happens to be my favorite place at home - a big comfortable chair on my back porch where I find myself anytime I have a little spare time and need to burn some creativity.
Anyway - I am excited to say that LP Cherokee is finally running a candidate locally! Why is that important to a political party? We can work to make changes in law and influence policy, but putting someone in office gives a party continuous access to make day-to-day decisions that guide a local government toward the party's principles.
So who is this guy that is putting us on the map? It's John Wilford! John founded the LP in Cherokee County, arranging the very first county convention in 2012 where he was the filer, organizer, and sole attendee. That county convention (John) nominated John unanimously to attend the state convention. From there he moved forward to establish an active party in the county, but found himself holding meetings alone. His dogged determination paid off in June of 2012, when he coordinated a big push to bring actual committed members into the party. We were able to elect officers and establish by-laws and we had a going party!
John ran for State Rep in 2014 in his district, which by then included Anderson County, but not Cherokee County. John's loss was devastating for liberty, because where John would have stood for transparent and limited government and access of constituency to the governmental process through him, the successful candidate, Byron Cook, has a reputation for promoting government intervention in personal matters of conscience and of shutting down anyone who speaks out against him. Perhaps most disturbing, is that he had constituent Amy Hedtke physically removed for attempting to legally video a House committee meeting.
In that same year, John ran for Treasurer of the State Party and won. He served in that capacity until 2016, when he ran for State Chair and won that position as well. In John's tenure as Chair, he has established the practice of livestreaming leadership meetings because he strongly believes that anyone should be able to see and hear what is being discussed, even at the highest level of the party, just as he would have done as a State Rep.
John is now running for Cherokee County's County Clerk. I'll not try to speak for him and tell you why he wants that role, but I think he would be a great addition to our county government. What I want to know is - how do you want to help John win? How will you help the Libertarian Party of Cherokee County get the word out about John?
And now, meet John: www.johnwilford.com
Forward in Freedom,
Chair, Libertarian Party of Cherokee County