Board of Directors

There are currently ten positions on the LPEPC Board of Directors. An officer must be an LPEPC Contributing Member (i.e., registered Libertarian in El Paso County 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 Chairman is the spokesperson for the Party. It is the Chairman that takes the leading role in determining the goals, direction, and plans for the LPEPC. The Chairman 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 two 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. He was elected again in September 2021 at Special Convention.


Contact: chair@lpepc.org

Vice Chairman

Open Position

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

Contact: vice@lpepc.org


2020 Treasurer John HjersmanJohn 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, February 2016, February 2017, January 2018.

Contact: treasurer@lpepc.org


Open Position

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

Directors & Committees

Steve Darnell

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

2020 Outreach Director Judy DarcyJudy Darcy

Judy was appointed as Outreach Director of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County in January 2021.
In the past she served as Interim Secretary of the Development Group and was first elected as Secretary in August 2013. She was first appointed as Outreach Director in April 2014. She has also served as a member of the  Finance Committee, as Social Media Coordinator, as Volunteer Coordinator, Bylaws Committee, and as a member of the Policy Committee.
Judy Darcy has been a registered Libertarian since 2012. She has been an active leader at the local, and county levels of the party, working on campaigns, citizen initiatives, outreach, activism, and education.

Contact: outreach@lpepc.org

Bylaws Committee Chair

John Hjersman

Bylaws Committee Chair is responsible for updates & edits to the County Affiliate’s Bylaws as needed.

Contact: bylaws@lpepc.org

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.

Newsletter Editor

Open Position

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


Convention Committee

Lance Haverkamp
Lance on KRDO

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 enjoys helping business find talent, using personality matching.


Fundraising Committee

Open Position

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

Volunteer Coordinator

Open Position


IT Committee

Mike McRedmond, Lance Haverkamp, Aldo Delgado


Political Issues Liaisons

Manitou Springs Political Issues Liaison

Norman “Paotie” Dawson

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.

Graphics Design

Amy Lunde

Amy has been an active volunteer for several years with the Libertarian Party of Colorado, Libertarian Party of Arapahoe County, and now with the Libertarian Party of El Paso County.