Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, we will not be hosting Sheriff Nick Finch of Liberty County. We pray for him and his family and hope to see him in the future. In the mean time we are looking into other options for our reception speaker. Join us for our Friday Evening reception .
Jim Turney Jim Turney was elected unopposed to the non-partisan city of Altamonte Springs commission in 2017 when the incumbent withdrew from the election for a two year term. In 1985 he was elected the chair of the LP national committee and re-elected in 1987 while chairing the convention where Ron Paul won the LP presidential nomination. He has been an LP candidate and campaign manager for federal and statewide office and was a co-founder of the LP of Virginia in the 1970s and a co-founder of Libertarian International in 1981 (renamed International Society for Individual Liberty and now Liberty International).
Jim formed a business to help organize and record scores of libertarian conferences across the US and Europe, an early Internet startup that continues today and a business advising ‘life settlement’ investment fund asset managers. He graduated from James Madison University, BA in 1972, while working as a country music DJ in commercial radio. He volunteered for service in the US Army in 1973 after the military draft was ended, and re-enlisted for active reserve in 1979.
He became a libertarian in 1964 and organized high school and college chapters of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) until the famous libertarian split when he headed the Virginia delegation to the St Louis national convention in 1969. Join Jim Turney for breakfast on Saturday morning .
Tom Regnier Tom Regnier is an appellate lawyer located in Broward County who handles appeals in all Florida appellate courts. In the late 1990s, he was editor of “Florida Liberty,” the LPF’s newsletter, for five years, and held the posts of Secretary and Vice Chair of the LPF. He was one of the leaders of the LPF’s successful campaign to achieve equal ballot access for minor parties in Florida through amendment of the Florida constitution. He earned a J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami and an LL.M. from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan F. Stone Scholar. Tom gave his presentation on “What Happened to the Constitution?” at the LP National Convention in 2016 and has presented it to various libertarian and other groups around the state since 2012. Tom is also an expert on legal issues in the works of Shakespeare. Join Tom Regnier for lunch on Saturday.
Burnie Thompson is from Panama City & is a political commentator who injects humor & reason into the stories he posts covers. While he strives to pursue the truth, he’s not above lampooning politicians & bureaucrats now & then. Burnie Thompson is a former U.S. Air Force Captain and college English teacher. Burnie also has been a free-lance writer for more than a decade, with commentaries in The Los Angeles Times, The USA Today, The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, and more than a dozen other publications. Join Burnie Thompson for dinner Saturday evening.
Bill Wohlsifer is an attorney & was the first Libertarian candidate in the state of Florida for the office of Attorney General. After some deliberation he decided to throw his hat in the ring, beginning a year-long statewide campaign. Thanks to many months of hard work, from many dedicated individuals on his team, Bill was invited to join the other candidates on a statewide stage, to compete in a debate, hosted by Bay News 9, on October 9th, 2014. Join Bill Wohlsifer for brunch on Sunday morning.