Come Together Michigan

It’s not a slogan – but rather a promise to change the political tone in Michigan.    Check out our campaign video:  Here

Like what has happened in so much of our public life, too often our elections are about personalities, and perceived “sides” of our political divide.

As a candidate for Governor of Michigan, I hope to inspire conversations about solutions.   Many of our problems are not Right/Left, or Conservative/Liberal.   In fact, one of the most important aspects of my campaign is to explain the concepts and ideas behind the Libertarian movement.  Whatever happened to good old-fashion debate?   And respect for competitive ideas?   And civility?    I will do my best to be a candidate of decency and solutions.

I don’t pretend to be the best champion for the Libertarian ideal.  In fact, I hope you’ll evaluate what those ideas might mean to you.   And the best way to do that is to read it for yourself.  You can do that at MichiganLP.org .  But, I will advocate for common sense and use FACTS instead of merely spouting the Party line.

Here is the immediate challenge.   The Libertarian candidate for President in 2016, Gary Johnson, received enough votes to allow the Libertarian Party to be considered a “major party” for the first time.    This really is quite an achievement – one equaled only a few times since our new Constitution was adopted in 1963.    And each time (the last being the Reform Party in 1996), two years later that Party was unable to maintain their status.

The two older parties don’t like competition.   Maintaining status as a major party is not easy – and that’s why we will be THE FIRST to accomplish that feat this year.

We need your help.   The first step for a major party candidate to become qualified for the ballot for Governor is that they must obtain 15,000 signatures.   But, there are all kinds of special rules about who and where.    Not a big deal for the two old parties, since their nominee will receive over $1 million taxpayer dollars.    They buy the signatures they need.

We’re going to do it differently.   With organization and the help of our citizens, we hope to be the first “3rd party” to qualify for the ballot a year ahead of time.

Why should we succeed when so many have failed?   First and foremost, the public has come to see how many programs and proposals are just a mess right now.   From our schools to our roads – from our increasing stressed environment to an overcrowded and dilapidated prison system – Michigan is falling behind.

Let’s follow Gary Johnson’s simple formula.    First, we should recognize a few truths:

1.   Government tries to do too much.

2.   Many of the things we do now are outdated and need reform.

3.   Small businesses and entrepreneurs drive growth in our State and we make it harder than needed for these job creators to succeed.

With your help, we will join the conversation.   This petition drive will ensure an independent voice – not beholden to either Party or their lobbyists.    Help me take another step toward giving Michigan a competitive 3rd voice.

Let’s Come Together Michigan /  #MichiganLibertyRising

For our families - For our friends - For the Future ............... 

 

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Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan4 days ago
Afternoon everyone! Fridays are awesome -- gets me fired up for collecting signatures this weekend. Pushing to the finish line.

I'll be in East Lansing for the MSU Homecoming -- come help us and I'd love to meet new Libertarians!

By the way....today is the quarterly deadline for reporting our donors. I hope you might consider adding your name to my list. Every $$ is precious. If you can make a small contribution, it promises to help extend our message.

Check out here: http://liberty4gov.org/donate/

Easy via PayPal. See ya on the trail!! Bill G.
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan6 days ago
Morning everyone!! A busy early week -- a short update and then a few suggestions.

The signature campaign continues in earnest. Thank you to so many that have sent in HUNDREDS of petition sheets. We're still counting and verifying......but, I'm certain we're over 75% of our goal. That means we still have 25% of the job to do. So, please consider grabbing another sheet and continuing the process. And it still helps if you can't do petitions to send us $5 or so. http://liberty4gov.org/donate/. Still promising bumper stickers and other promo materials to anyone donating $17.76.

Now, I thought we would talk about Activism 101 - and who we want to be this election cycle -- at least the Bill Gelineau for Governor campaign:

1) Be nice. Let's put an end to any impression that Libertarians are a bunch of know-it-all intellectuals. We can talk principles without talking down to people.

2) Listen. What does the public care about? Let's address the things people actually care about.

3) Ask people to get involved. We have a HUGE task ahead to forge a competitive 3rd party. We can't wait around and HOPE that people find us. We need to actively make an effort to introduce our ideas.

To that end, I hope you'll ask a friend to like our page. But, if you're more comfortable, send them a link to the Libertarian Party of Michigan. www.MichiganLP.org

We all know that the process of getting folks engaged is real work. But, if all of us start with these 3 principles, it will go a long way toward making the Libertarian message something more people will listen and support.

Thanks again to everyone that helped us book over 3,000 signatures last week. Phase 2 is just ahead!!!

Bill G. ComeTogetherMichigan.org #MichiganLibertyRising
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan1 week ago
Happy Saturday, everyone. Worked a short time in the rain this morning in Ada. What did Mark Feldman say about getting those petitions signed in the rain? RIP Mark. We'll take it from here.

A trip to the mailbox provide yet another cause for celebration. Not only did I get hundreds of signatures from all over the state, but several more donations.

I can't tell you how humbling it is when you get another donation from someone that has already helped a lot. And believe me, I get it that not everyone has the opportunity to send cash -- I spent alot of years raising kids and watching every nickel.

Still, we're barely out of the box and I'm already deeply aware of the responsibility I have to stand up strong for our values. Defending small businesses from stupid regulations, double (and triple) taxation, violations of our rights, inefficient government, and our insistence that each person be treated equally under the law regardless of their identity.

The future is with us. Come fight for it with me. #MichiganLibertyRising

I've got more work to do in the rain. Later friends.
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
I attended a meeting of Libertarians last night and talked about keeping the fire burning during this "off" year. Firstly, the forces of the state don't take time off --- so, I hope folks following our campaign will bring issues to my attention.

For example, there is a business owner in SW Michigan that is being locally licensed and forced to provide information that makes the IRS look tame. Lincoln Township in Berrien County. Check this out: https://library.municode.com/mi/lincoln_chrtr_township,_(berrien_co.)/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COMPILATION_ORD_CH20LI

These affronts to freedom should not be ignored!

There are lots of little things you can do to help our campaign give voice to these issues. Invite a few friends to "Like" our page. Every person we engage to think about how individual freedom is restricted is potentially a new friend to our movement.

Don't wait. 2018 is just around the corner. If we're going to knock out the bully in 13 months, we need to get in shape. Exercise your fingers and help us grow stronger!! Bill
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
I attended a meeting of Libertarians last night and talked about keeping the fire burning during this "off" year. Firstly, the forces of the state don't take time off --- so, I hope folks following our campaign will bring issues to my attention.

For example, there is a business owner in SW Michigan that is being locally licensed and forced to provide information that makes the IRS look tame. Lincoln Township in Berrien County. Check this out: https://library.municode.com/mi/lincoln_chrtr_township,_(berrien_co.)/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COMPILATION_ORD_CH20LI

These affronts to freedom should not be ignored!

There are lots of little things you can do to help our campaign give voice to these issues. Invite a few friends to "Like" our page. Every person we engage to think about how individual freedom is restricted is potentially a new friend to our movement.

Don't wait. 2018 is just around the corner. If we're going to knock out the bully in 13 months, we need to get in shape. Exercise your fingers and help us grow stronger!! Bill
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
Happy Hump Day, all. Took a couple days off for family birthday -- but, back on task.

Our petition campaign continues to march forward -- making a significant push towards the finish line this week. Thank you to everyone from those at the UM/MSU game to people working the downtown market in Traverse City.

Our verification team has hundreds of petitions in hand...but, PLEASE mail your in by October 15. We're looking to wrap this up soon.

On that subject. This is a first-ever effort to ensure that liberty is on the ballot for the 2018 primary. But, we'll be doing a lot more work on issues in coming weeks.

Now is the time to get involved!! Our social outreach team is organizing now to ensure we reach a record number of young people. Planning has begun for rallies, interaction with like-minded groups, the media, and others.

Come be part of the fun! Bill G.

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