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 Michigan3 days 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 Michigan5 days 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 Michigan5 days 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 Michigan5 days 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.
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan6 days ago
We represent the majority of Michigan. Find out more at www.cometogethermichigan.org
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
Monday update. Things are going extremely well on the campaign trail. We're up over 50% of the verified signatures we need to be on the ballot. Let's remember a couple things:

1) The weather is changing....and it's harder to find groups of people...so, canvassing is harder to do.
2) We don't want to squeak in over the line. We want to BLOW the D's and R's away by filing early -- and planning for success.

Now is the best time to help financially. For today and tomorrow, I have someone willing to match dollar for dollar up to $5 thousand - BUT ONLY FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW.

So, please consider going to: http://liberty4gov.org/donate/

Donate $17.76 or more -- and I'll make sure you have a bumper sticker and a button for the campaign. Ask your friends who love liberty to give $5. They said it couldn't be done.....and in 8 weeks, we're more than 1/2 there. We're not only going to do it.....we're going to do it record time.

I'm so proud to have the support of Mary Buzuma, Ken Proctor, and Greg Creswell -- our last 3 nominees for Governor. It's really humbling to have 7 former State Chairs contribute to the campaign. These are the folks on whose shoulders I stand.

We've waited for 45 years for the opportunity to be a major party --- my committee and I intend to honor that tradition with the very best effort possible. Can you help with $20.18? This will buy materials for an outreach table. $50 will buy 6 radio spots on a medium size radio market.

For all of you that have already helped us raise record funds for Libertarian candidate for Governor so early --- THANK YOU. Can you ask a friend to get on the Liberty Train? Your support is what keeps the train running down the track.

Let get'er done. Bill G.

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