Board of Directors
There are currently seven positions on the LPEPC Board of Directors. An officer must have been an LPEPC Contributing Member (i.e., registered Libertarian that pays yearly dues), affirm the LP Statement of Values and Non-initiation of Force (the “Pledge”), and serves until the end of the next annual convention. There are no term limits for officers.
The Chair is the spokesperson for the Party. It is the Chair that takes the leading role in determining the goals, direction, and plans for the LPEPC. The Chair conducts all meetings and conventions.
Chris Houtchens is a life long resident of Colorado Springs and third generation El Paso County resident. Chris is a husband, father and small business owner. While Chris registered Libertarian February of 2016, he has always lived within the libertarian philosophy. He has spent a good portion of the last 2 decades fighting for more individual liberty in Colorado.
Chris has been helping with LPEPC social media since May 2016; was appointed as acting Vice Chair in September 2016; and was appointed acting Chair of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County October 15, 2016.
Chris was elected to his second term as Chair in January 2018.
The Vice Chair supports the Chair and performs the duties of the Chair when the Chair is unavailable.
Alexis Buschmann was appointed as the interim Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of El Paso county in September 2018. She moved to Fountain in 2016, and has been registered Libertarian since 2017. She has been an active member and volunteer.
Registered Libertarian since 2001. Continual absenteeism due to employment at sea prevented uninterrupted active participation for years. Since retiring in 2012, that excuse has evaporated. A newcomer to the area, moved to Colorado Springs in September, 2013. An Engineer by profession, most comfortable with technical issues.
John was appointed Treasurer in February 2015, elected to that position in April 2015, February 2016, February 2017, January 2018.
The Secretary keeps records for the Party. The Secretary keeps Agendas & Minutes for the business meetings. The Secretary arranges the meeting places in coordination with other members of the Board. The Secretary is charged with communication for the party & coordinates with other members of the Board for important communications, including the announcement of upcoming meetings.
The Affiliate Representative serves as the Point of Contact between the Libertarian Party of El Paso County and the Libertarian Party of Colorado.
Appointed as Affiliate Representative in March 2016.
The Education Director coordinates the speakers for the Monthly Meetings of the County Party. Education on upcoming Ballot issues would be coordinated with the Campaign Committee. The Education Director keeps the rest of the Board informed on information needed for current events.
The Outreach Director does outreach events with volunteers for the Party. The Outreach Director coordinates with the Secretary to keep members informed of upcoming events.
Directors & Committees
Bylaws Committee Chair
Bylaws Committee Chair is responsible for updates & edits to the County Affiliate’s Bylaws as needed.
Jessica (Senia) Peterson
Check out the current newsletter here: lpepc.org/news-blog/newsletter
Policy Committee Chair
The Policy Committee keeps the History of the Party and keeps a record of the Policy guidelines for the Party.
Campaign Committee would coordinate the goals of the County Party and individual campaigns. Candidates & Issues committees would report to the Campaigns Committee to keep the Party informed of upcoming events and information regarding their campaigns. The Campaign Committee would help to determine eligibility of candidates for upcoming elections.
Lance served for several years as the “front-man” for the county party, most of those years he was also the Chair. He’s a graduate-level Theologian, who also loves helping business find & train talent, using complex personality matching.
Manitou Springs Political Issues Liaison
Paotie has served as Manitou Springs Political Issues Liaison since 2013.
Paotie has been a registered Libertarian in El Paso County since 2013. He joined the National Libertarian Party in February 2012. He has been an active leader at the local, and county levels of the party, working on campaigns, citizen initiatives, outreach, volunteering, and education.
Political Issues Liaison
Open Positions across the County
Political Issues Liaisons keep track of local political issues & report to the Board. This position would keep the Board informed of upcoming issues in the local area so that the Board could take action in accordance with the Platform – City Council Meetings, local Board Meetings, Hearings, etc.
Finance Committee keeps in close contact with the Treasurer and assists as needed.