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Tuesday, June 19

7:00 PM

Tiny's Restaurant

600 E. Highway 260

Payson, AZ 85541

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Gila County AZ LP Outreach at Payson Rodeo

Payson Rodeo

The Gila County (Arizona) Libertarian Party hosted a three-day voter outreach/registration booth at the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo, held at the Payson Event Center from May 17 – 19. The rodeo featured over 200 professional rodeo contestants. This was a PRCA sanctioned rodeo with all events from bareback riding to bull riding.

This was the tiny Gila AZ LP’s first go at an outreach event such as this and it was a great success!

Gilza AZ LP Outreach Booth

“We got a ton of people to take “The World’s Smallest Political Quiz” and we charted their results on a giant WSPQ poster. We found that most Republicans who took the Quiz scored as Libertarian.  Only two Democrats would even take the quiz,” explained Jeff Daniels, Chairman of the Gila County Libertarian Party. “We found a great ice breaker too. We got a $20 helium balloon kit and passed out balloons to the kids. While we were blowing up the balloon, it gave us a great opportunity to talk to the parents.”

Gilza AZ LP Outreach Booth

Chairman Daniels continued: “Occasionally we would get some resistance but we then mentioned that we were conducting a social experiment to find out where people actually stand compared to their perceived political beliefs. That usually got their attention and they became interested that they were part of an experiment. This whole experience was a blast.”

Bruce Wales, former Gila County Libertarian Chairman, added, “It was a kick really, watching the hesitation, then a question, then the quiz, then the surprise, then the willingness to listen and walk away with more Libertarian literature.”

Bruce quietly strummed his acoustic guitar in the booth to help draw in passers-by and to create a non-confrontational setting. Adds Bruce, “Since we were cautioned to not go out of our booth to promote, we came up with ways to entice and still be approachable. We maximized our 10 by 10 foot area pretty well, I think!”

The summer edition of the Payson Rodeo, to be held August 15-18, is the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, running for over 135 years! The Gila AZ LP will be there. Come see us and join us in the booth!

Libertarian Jeff Daniels Announces Candidacy for US House of Representatives, District 4.


Contact: Jeff Daniels   928-478-0010


Jeff Daniels Announces Candidacy for
US House of Representatives, District 4

April 18, 2018

PAYSON – Longtime Libertarian Party activist and party official Jeff Daniels today announced his candidacy for US House of Representatives, District 4. The district encompasses nearly one-fourth of the geographic territory of Arizona, including all or parts of the following counties: Gila, Pinal, Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma. Cities and towns in the 4th District include Black Canyon City, Bullhead City, Cordes Lakes, Dewey-Humboldt, Lake Havasu City, Kingman, Payson, Pine-Strawberry, Prescott, Quartzsite, Wickenburg and Yuma.

Daniels is a small business owner and a member of the Christopher Kohl’s Fire District board of directors. He is currently serving as Secretary of the Arizona Libertarian Party and Chairman of the Gila County Libertarian Party.

“I am running for the US House to help limit the federal government to its constitutionally-enumerated powers and to return all other matters to the States and We the People. I’m pretty sure the constitution already says all this, but somehow it’s been forgotten,” laments Daniels.

“Because of the election laws passed by Democrats and Republicans that favor those very same Democrats and Republicans, in order for me as a Libertarian just to get on the ballot in November, first I need to be included in the statewide primary election to be held on August 28th,” explains Daniels. “And in order to get on the primary ballot I need to get nominated through the onerous process of collecting petition signatures.”

NOTE: All registered Libertarian Party voters as well as independents and unaffiliated voters residing in District 4 can sign Daniels’ petition to get on the ballot, which can be done easily and quickly online at the Arizona Secretary of State’s website here:

“Even if you may not agree with some of my ideas and principles, will you agree with me that voters should have more than two establishment-approved choices at the ballot box? Please sign my petition at the Secretary of State’s website before the deadline of May 30th,” urges Daniels.

Media may contact Jeff Daniels for an interview or comment at 928-478-0010 or

For more information about Jeff Daniels’ campaign for US House District 4, please visit

For more information about American’s third largest and fastest growing political party, the Libertarian Party, please visit and

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Notes from the Chairman 12/23/17

Can You Join Us For The Arizona Libertarian Party Convention?

The annual AZLP convention and organizing meeting is scheduled for January 28, 2018 from 11am to 6pm at the American Legion in Tucson at 330 W Franklin St.

Agenda items will include a discussion of whether to open our primary or keep it closed, election of officers including Chair, 1st and 2nd Vice Chair, Secretary and Assistant Secretary, and reports from our Tech Committee regarding the new website and data management tools that were implemented this year.

It's important to stress, these are important elections and some of the positions can only be filled by state committee people so attendance is strongly encouraged.

A pasta bar luncheon will be served for a cost of $10. Please RSVP either on Facebook or Meetup and use the invitation features to spread the word:

If you have any questions, please contact or phone 602 492 4201.

Warmest Regards,

The AZLP Board of Directors

Notes from the Chairman 10/15/17

Fellow Libertarians,

A few days ago, country music legend Charlie Daniels performed at a special veterans’ benefit concert at the Mazatzal casino in Payson. Charlie was so impressed with the people he met before and after the concert, he penned an eloquent salute to our town and our people.

Even if you are not a fan of country music, I urge you to take just a few minutes to read Charlie’s essay; it will inspire you and invigorate you.

Here is the introduction:

The Strength of America
I saw the strength of America this weekend, her will, her goodness, her compassion, her unity and her greatness.

It was in Payson – a small town in Arizona I’m sure most of you have never even heard of – when the residents of the area came together on a Saturday night to honor their veterans.

Read more.

Even if you don’t agree with 100% of everything Charlie has to say, and I certainly don’t, many of the virtues Charlie admires in the people of Payson are core libertarian values and traits such as hard work, self-reliance, independence, and neighbors voluntarily helping their neighbors.

Certainly, the career politicians and swamp creatures who infest the Elephant and Donkey parties barely pay lip service to any of these values. They take these values for granted, just as they take for granted that they will automatically be on every election ballot across the country every year.

They take for granted that they don’t have to spend millions of dollars to obtain millions of citizen signatures every year just to petition their way onto ballots.

And they most certainly take for granted that they will each automatically receive about 40% of the vote in every election.

Even if you don’t agree with 100% of the official Libertarian Party platform, and I certainly don’t, the choice of who to vote for every year comes down to which party and which candidates best reflect your own values.

The late Harry Browne, Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000, coined the phrase “Voting for the lesser of two evils is voting for the evil of two lessers.”

Please join us at our next monthly meeting as we work toward building America’s third largest and fastest growing party into a front and center clear alternative to those two lessers: the Donkeys and Elephants.

Tuesday October 17 7:00 PM
Tiny’s Restaurant
600 E. Highway 260
Payson, AZ


To Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness,

Larry Hoffenberg
Acting Chairman,
Gila County Libertarian Party.

Notes from the Chairman 10/05/17

Fellow Libertarians,

A generous donor has agreed to match ALL donations to the Arizona Libertarian Party. This amazing opportunity will be going until October 24th and is the perfect time to make a significant financial contribution to the AZ LP!

This matching donation drive will be vital to building the party infrastructure in the coming year, which will strengthen our candidate support, push outreach for the party, build our county affiliates, increase our number of delegates at the national convention, and so much more. A strong Libertarian Party presence is what Arizona needs, and this is the way you can help make that happen!

Click HERE to have your donation matched and build the Libertarian Party in Arizona!

A crucial part of our party building efforts will be our volunteer base. Most people don’t know that they have a choice besides the Democrats and Republicans. We can’t afford to miss an opportunity to let them know they have more options!

We need to make sure we have a presence at every event as often as possible to get our name out there and give Arizonans hope. Let’s be the change that Arizona needs!

Give Arizona hope! Click HERE to donate and HERE to volunteer!



Notes from the (new) Chairman 09/22/17


Fellow Libertarians,

To follow-up on Bruce Wales' message earlier today, I would like to thank Bruce for his years of hard work and dedication to organizing and advancing the Gila County Libertarian Party.

I'll just take a moment to give you a bit of my background. I moved to Payson three years ago, so I'm relatively new to the area. But I've been a dues-paying member of the national Libertarian Party for 37 years. (My oh my, how time flies when governments at all levels keep growing, our taxes keep increasing and our liberties infringed more and more every day.)

Prior to Payson, I lived in Colorado for 27 years, and I was very active in the Libertarian Party of Colorado, serving as Membership Director and Public Information Director for four years. I did dozens of radio and TV interviews and helped the LP gain permanent ballot access in the state.

You may have seen my name published in the Payson Roundup as author of six letters to the editor on the subjects of taxation, education, and politics. I encourage everyone to write letters to the editor, call in to talk radio shows, make posts to Facebook, Twitter, etc, and exercise your First Amendment rights of free speech on behalf of liberty.

Next weekend, I am holding a yard sale at my house. You name it, I've probably got it for sale - everything literally from the kitchen sink to computer equipment, office supplies, housewares, tools, and much more. Please drop by, introduce yourself, mention that you are a Libertarian, and I'll give you 50% off whatever you buy. I'm located at 2604 W. Bulla Drive in Payson. Follow the signs from the west end of Airport Road. The sale will be Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Hope to see you there.

Otherwise, feel free to drop me a line with any comments, questions, suggestions or other feedback you may have about the Libertarian Party, and how we may advance the cause of liberty In Gila County as well as all of Arizona and the US.

To Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,

Larry Hoffenberg
Acting Chairman, Gila County Libertarian Party


Notes from the Chairman (former) 09/22/17


It is with personal regret but relief that at our monthly meeting Larry Hoffenberg assumed acting chairmanship from me for our Gila County Libertarian Party.

Larry brings decades of Libertarian history and experience to the leadership position.

I am proud of my political porcupine quills. I am glad to have a less trusting and more cautious tendency to align with popular media-fostered propaganda.

I am guessing most Libertarians have earned their quills honestly.

The questions before us, now I believe are: Can we lay our quills flat when it is time to group up? Also, when will we group up?

My parting petition to fellow Gila Libertarians- Re-ignite your tenacity (Re-sharpen your quills) in the form of more involvement (rubbing quills with like-minded).

Hopefully, you can individually spread the word more effectively to the ignorant by sharing the WORLD’S SMALLEST POLITICAL QUIZ – and other wake-up efforts.

I thank Larry for assuming leadership.
I look to him to improve upon my efforts.
I look to you all to sharpen your quills.

I hope to see you all at a monthly meeting soon.

Bruce Wales
(former) Acting Gila County Libertarian Chairman

Notes from the Chairman 09/06/17

Fellow Libertarians,

The Arizona Libertarian Party is launching a new outreach program to help county affiliates become more effective and visible.

Since Payson is centrally located in the middle of the state, the Gila County LP has offered to host a BBQ event for all the county affiliates leaders from across Arizona to come together, strategize and get things going!

We invite all Gila County Libertarians to join us at the BBQ to meet your fellow Libertarians in Gila County as well as from other locations across the state as we look to build upon the 2016, the most successful election year ever for the LP.
We’ll keep you informed as plans for the BBQ take shape.

And as always, we encourage you to attend our regular monthly meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at Tiny’s Restaurant in Payson.

Bruce Wales
Gila County Libertarian Chairman