Finishing my time as FSP President

Greetings from the Free State.

The time has come for me to, once again, step down from the Presidency of the Free State Project. This is my second term in this position and it has been an honor to serve the FSP organization in this capacity. My resignation will become effective upon securing a replacement for me, or by February 28th, whichever occurs first. I hope that by making this announcement, setting a deadline, and allotting a reasonable amount of time, the right people will arise to continue leading the Free State Project towards its goal.

The Board of the Free State Project formally accepted my resignation and is beginning the search for my replacement. The Board is happy to hear your nominations for the position and ideas for organizational and leadership reforms. If you are interested in a leadership position, know someone who is, or simply have a good idea you want to share, please contact the members of the Board or me directly.

While the FSP has faced challenges over the course of the last year, we begin this transition period well positioned to continue towards our goal of attracting 20,000 pro-liberty activists to New Hampshire.

Financially speaking, the FSP is on solid ground with roughly $17,000 cash on hand. While that doesn’t allow us to budget for everything we desire, it does allow us to cover radio and internet advertising, presence at important events around the country, sponsorship of the 2011 Porcupine Freedom Festival, and necessary organizational expenses. So that the FSP organization can budget for more of what is desired, I hope that you will support our upcoming efforts to improve both the revenues to the project and the effective allocation of those funds.

Two important steps have also been taken towards helping people be more effective as volunteers for the FSP. First, Edi Swearingen (yes, that’s my lovely wife) has volunteered to take on the role of volunteer coordinator. She is now the first point of contact for those wishing to volunteer to help the FSP, and will help volunteers get the support they need from the organization. Second, Kate Muller and Jody Underwood have agreed to develop training materials and programs for volunteers. This will help new volunteers learn how better to help the FSP, and allow for better continuity as new volunteers fill existing roles. I hope these two steps will help many more people to successfully help attract 20,000 pro-liberty activists to New Hampshire.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be tying up some loose ends and helping the Board select a replacement for me. I have volunteered to continue being the National Media Representative, and remain available to serve on the Board for the time being. Though I am stepping away from the Presidency, I look forward to continuing to contribute to the FSP in effective ways under new leadership. I hope you’ll consider doing so, too.

Again, I’d like to thank our volunteers, donors, and other supporters for your amazing contributions that have made the Free State Project the most successful libertarian movement in history. It is the countless hundreds, nay thousands, of you who have made this what it is and I thank you sincerely for the positive contributions you have made. It is truly an honor and a privilege to participate, and to lead, and I look forward to continuing our quest towards Liberty in Our Lifetime.


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