2016 LPIN Convention – April 22 – 24

This April in Indianapolis, Hoosier delegates to the Libertarian Party of Indiana convention will gather to conduct party business. Libertarians from around Indiana will gather to participate in training and nominate candidates for statewide office. The convention is being held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel, 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241




Friday, April 22, 2016 Gubernatorial Debate
7:00 PM — 11:00 PM EDT


Join libertarians from across the state at our gubernatorial debate, moderated by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. Candidates for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President will also be in attendance.

Abdul is the moderator for the Friday night debate Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has been covering and writing about state and local government in Indiana since 2004. Overall, he has more than 20 years of experience in writing and talking about the issues that affect real people. He goes beyond the headlines and tells you not only what’s happening, but why it’s happening. In addition to WIBC.com he writes in the Indianapolis Star, NUVO Newsweekly, and TheStatehouseFile.Com. He’s also a frequent panelist and contributor to RTV 6’s Indianapolis This Week and Inside Indiana Business. Abdul is also the editor and publisher of IndyPolitics.Org, which has been recognized by the Washington Post two years in a row as one of the best political blogs in the nation. Abdul earned his degree in broadcasting and journalism at Northern Illinois University. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Illinois and a law degree from St. Louis University. He serves as “Of Counsel” at the Indianapolis law firm of Lewis & Wilkins. But wait there’s more. Abdul is an educator. He serves on the faculty at both Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis. He teaches speech for Ivy Tech and business law at UIndy’s MBA program.


Saturday, April 23, 2016
Saturday Emcee: Michael Dowden


Michael is a software consultant and entrepreneur living in Brownsburg with his wife and two children. He has been a member of LPIN since 2012, but a Libertarian voter since he turned 18. In 2014 Michael became the first Libertarian appointee in the Town of Brownsburg, and later that year he captured over 18% of the vote for Hendricks County Council.
Brett_Bittner Brett Bittner: How to Win

Brett Bittner serves as the Executive Director of the Advocates for Self-Government. Originally from Georgia, Brett has lived in South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, and Indiana. The Indianapolis resident was Marketing Director for The Advocates before becoming the Executive Director in April 2015. Prior, he served in multiple roles for the Libertarian Party, including Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, Chairman of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA), and Chairman of the largest county affiliate in Georgia. In addition to his Libertarian Party credentials, Brett also served as a member of the Marietta City School Board, being elected in a special election to fulfill an unexpired term and re-elected the following year to a full term. He also served on the Steering Committee for Get A Move On ATL, a project of the Civic League of Regional Atlanta. Currently, he also serves as founder, and on the board, of the the Indianapolis chapter of America’s Future Foundation. He addresses civic and leadership groups throughout on current issues and free-market solutions. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and radio programs around the country and spent two years providing free-market perspectives as a commentator on a daily Liberty Express radio program.

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Brad Klopfenstein Owner, Magna Carta Public Affairs Founder, Tavern League of Indiana
Brad Klopfenstein has been an influential leader in Indiana’s public policy and political community for the past 16 years. His areas of expertise include the alcohol industry, gambling, election law, energy, health care, immigration, e-liquids, media relations, and crisis management.
As owner of Magna Carta Public Affairs, and more recently general manager of the Antelope Club, Klopfenstein has conducted grassroots & grass top campaigns on a number of issues, and has a proven ability to work with elected officials from all political parties. This is shown in his ability to tackle both controversial and mundane issues and deliver legislative success to his clients. Some of those successes include:
  • Advocated for and passed expanded Sunday & Election Day alcohol sales for bars in Indiana
  • Successfully defeated smoking bans locally in Indianapolis and statewide throughout Indiana
  • Organized coalition that legalized pull tab gambling in Indiana
  • Built coalition of veterans who support the Keystone XL Pipeline project
  • Defeated proposed increases in alcohol and food & beverage taxes
  • Helped shape regulations regarding vaping and e-liquids

Mr. Klopfenstein is also a media figure in Indiana having been the spokesperson for numerous organizations. For over 6 years, he was the radio guest-host for the Abdul in the Morning Show on Fox Newstalk 1430 WXNT in Indianapolis, and has twice been a featured panelist on the television show Indiana Lawmakers. He has conducted media training for the US Women’s Olympic Synchronized Swimming team and IndyCar racing drivers Justin Wilson and Mike Conway.

Klopfenstein took a somewhat serpentine route into the world of politics and public affairs. A life-long resident of Indiana, his degree is in finance from Purdue University. His early work included being a restaurant manager, beer salesman, and radio ad salesman for Q95/X103/WNDE. An interest in politics led him to apply for, and be hired as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana in 2000. Success in that position allowed him to become Executive Director of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association in 2005 where he stayed until 2009 to go off on his own to create Magna Carta Public Affairs. In addition to his public affairs work, he is also general manager of the historic Antelope Club in Downtown Indianapolis. He is a past-president of the Indianapolis Press Club, has served as campaign chair for a victorious Republican Indianapolis City-County Council member, served 2 years on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals, vice-president of the Community Heights Neighborhood Organization, and sits on the Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation board of directors.

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LPIN Business Meetings – Revision of by-laws, nomination of statewide candidates and district meetings will take place during the business session. Voting on LPIN’s annual awards for volunteers, candidates and communicators will be announced. The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and is free to all LPIN members. Voting is limited to seated delegates. All other sessions of the weekend require a convention package.

LPIN Social and Banquet featuring the live band, Tone Junkies


Sunday, April 24, 2016 1994 Society Breakfast

Convention Package Information

Packages The package includes: Price
Standard Convention Package Entrance to the Friday evening Gubernatorial Debate. All speakers, workshops, business meeting, and lunch and dinner on Saturday. $130
Saturday Only Package All speakers, workshops, business meeting, and lunch and dinner on Saturday. $105
Student Package
Available to full-time students with student identification.
Entrance to the Friday evening Gubernatorial Debate. All speakers, workshops and lunch and dinner on Saturday. $65
Saturday Dinner Package Saturday evening banquet and entertainment. $55

MEMBERSHIP: To guarantee your status as a delegate to the convention, including voting rights, you must be a member of the LPIN in good standing by March 23, 2016. Membership dues are $25 annually to either the Libertarian National Committee or the Libertarian Party of Indiana or a minimum $10/monthly through the 1994 Society Sustaining Member program. To confirm membership, please consult with your district representative or email Alyssa Salgado at asalgado@lpin.org. Convention registration fees do not count toward membership.

DELEGATE STATUS: Affiliated county delegates to the LPIN Convention and Business Meeting are selected at county conventions. Check with your county chairman for the dates of your local convention. In unaffiliated counties, delegates are seated by voting delegates as the first item of business at the convention. For more information email Joe Hauptmann at lpinhq@lpin.org.

PAYMENT BY CHECK: If you prefer to register by check, contact Joe Hauptmann at 317-920-1994 or by email at lpinhq@lpin.org.

Convention Vendor Information

Packages The package includes: Price
Please send inquiries directly to Alyssa Salgado (asalgado@lpin.org) or Rodney Benker (Rcbenker@gmail.com) – Thank You
Table Space Fractional usage of a Vendor Table at the event. Rates are for Quarter, Half and Full Tables. $20
Vertical Ad
1.875 in. wide by 5 in. tall, color ad in the Convention Program $20
Horizontal Ad
2.5 in. tall by 3.875 in. wide, color ad in the Convention Program $20
Quarter Page Ad 3.875 in. wide by 5 in. tall, color ad in the Convention Program $30
Half Page Ad 8 in. wide by 5 in. tall, color ad in the Convention Program $50
Full Page Ad 8 in. wide by 10.5 in. tall, color ad in the Convention Program $80

Convention Ad and Vendor Table payments


Wyndham Indianapolis West

Rates Amenities and Surrounding Area
Rooms: $119 and up

The Wyndham Indianapolis West, located on the west side of Indianapolis by the old airport terminal, offers a host of 24-hour services and amenities.

Parking is available at no additional charge.

Attendees staying overnight, should make a reservation directly with the Wyndham Indianapolis West. Rooms are limited and discounted group room rates end on April 8. Mention “The Libertarian Party of Indiana” to secure the discounted hotel rate. Address: Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241
RESERVATIONS: (877) 999-3223 or (317) 248-2481


Convention Notices & Rules

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Legal: Paid for and authorized by the Libertarian Party of Indiana, Joseph Hauptmann, Chair, 1111 E. 54th Street, Suite 158, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. This is not authorized by any federal candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions to the LPIN are not tax deductible as charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. There are state and federal laws requiring political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer for contributions. Your contribution will be used in connection with federal elections and is subject to the limitations and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited.

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