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.



Chris Houtchens

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.

Contact: chair@lpepc.org


Vice Chair

Laura Powelson

The Vice Chair supports the Chair and performs the duties of the Chair when the Chair is unavailable.

Contact: vicechair@lpepc.org



John Hjersman

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, and reelected in February 2016.

Contact:  treasurer@lpepc.org



Warren Price

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.

Contact: secretary@lpepc.org


Affiliate Representative

John Hjersman

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.

Contact: ar@lpepc.org

Education Director

Open Position

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.

Contact: education@lpepc.org


Outreach Director

Open Position

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.

Contact: outreach@lpepc.org


Directors & Committees


Bylaws Committee Chair

Mike Seebeck

Mike is a former LPEPC Outreach Director and Media Director, former LPCO Media Director, former LPRC (CA) Treasurer, former LPCA Executive Committee member (Bylaws Committee Chair and member) and former LPCA Southern Vice-Chair.  He has also been a local radio talk show fill-in host, Lights of Liberty Triathlete (twice), school board candidate, and campaign manager.  He currently serves as the Administrative Assistant and Bylaws and Covenants guru for his rural HOA.  His first work in the LP was when he was a pamphleteer for Ron Paul’s 1988 Presidential campaign, and has been a Libertarian since 2001.

Contact: bylaws@lpepc.org


Newsletter Editor

Jessica (Senia) Peterson

Check out the current newsletter here: lpepc.org/news-blog/newsletter

Contact: newsletter@lpepc.org


Policy Committee Chair

Chris Houtchens

The Policy Committee keeps the History of the Party and keeps a record of the Policy guidelines for the Party.


Campaign Committee

Open Position


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.

Convention Committee

Lance Haverkamp



Manitou Springs Political Issues Liaison

Norman “Paotie” Dawson

Paotie is the Chair of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County. He has served as Manitou Springs Political Issues Liaison since 2013 and was elected as Chair in March 2014.

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

Open Position

Finance Committee keeps in close contact with the Treasurer and assists as needed.


Volunteer Coordinator

Open Position


IT Coordinator

Matt Smith