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Libertarian Party Establishes Youth Engagement Committee

The LP Youth Engagement Committee will seek to bring in a new wave of libertarians.

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By Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

In September, the Libertarian Party’s National Committee met to discuss and vote on a number of initiatives. At the meeting, they established the Libertarian Party’s first ever Youth Engagement Committee. Members of the LNC voted on a list of nearly 50 candidates for four positions and among the selected is 71 Republic’s CEO, Matt Geiger. Among the other new members are Aeris Stewart, Matt Long and Dustin Nanna. The committee will be headed by LNC region 2 alternate Victoria Paige Lee.

71 Republic’s Spencer Kellogg reached out to the new members for information. Each provided details about his or her background and goals for the new committee.

Aeris Stewart

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“First off, I’d like to thank the LP for finally prioritizing youth engagement. I think this subcommittee has been a long time coming, and I am truly blessed to be a part of it. I am most excited to work with some amazing people — Matt Long, Matt Geiger, Dustin Nanna, and Victoria Paige Lee — to develop sustainable and effective strategies to get youth involved in the party.

I’ve been involved in YAL chapter leadership for 2 years and just started as a CC with SFL. Before that, I was an at-large for the LYC, am currently the whip for the LPCaucus, and have volunteered/interned at a couple of campaigns.”

Matt Long

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“Libertarianism, to me, harkens back to the classical liberalism of our founding fathers and generations of great thinkers like Immanuel Kant. I only started thinking I might be a Libertarian after hearing Bill Weld speak at the CNN Town Hall. That was a life-changing moment for me politically because I ended up volunteering for the campaign. Highlighting the issue of Intersex Human Rights (and other LGBT+ issues) is definitely something I want to promote as a Libertarian.”

Matt Geiger

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“I am the chairman of the Carroll County Libertarian Party. I was the national vice chair of the Libertarian Youth Caucus and I am the CEO of 71 Republic. I’ve engaged hundreds of young libertarians and helped them build their writing abilities and prepare them to be real libertarian activists.

There is no formal organization for young people to get involved with. I hope this can be something that would start at the high school level and siphon kids up through college and beyond. Hopefully, we can create chapters at different schools around the country. Students would learn about libertarianism and then go out and volunteer for ballot access for candidates. They would serve as the youth wing in the libertarian party.”

Dustin Nanna

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“I’m 24 years old and I live in Delaware, Ohio with my fiancee Brooke and dog Storm. I am the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Ohio and am the Region 3 Alternate on the LNC. I am a Central Committee member in Ohio in the 12th Congressional District. I have been active with the Libertarian Party since I was 21 and I consider myself a Jeffersonian Minarchist. I ran for City Council in Delaware in 17 and got 14% of the vote in a 5-way race. Now I’m running for Secretary of State in Ohio to provide a third option and a fair and balanced candidate for the office.”


Congratulations to the selected members of the new committee!

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