Last Sunday, I attended the “Celebration of Life” for Hardy Macia, former chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party and one of Vermont’s greatest Libertarian-activists. It was very moving to see so many people express how much he touched their lives.
I said a few words about Hardy. For those interested, I have posted a transcript below…
I knew Hardy for a short time when he lived here in Vermont and my involvement with him was through his political efforts.
I first met Hardy when he ran for governor. I was just learning about Libertarianism at the time and discovered the Libertarian Party in Vermont had a candidate for governor. I had contacted him by email I believe and then he surprised me by calling me and asking to meet at my home. I was so surprised at the offer. He had showed up that day and he explained a whole lot about the party and his campaign. Hardy was very straight-forward about how he felt about a variety of issues. It impressed my wife Heavenly and I so much we both got involved with his campaign and the party soon after.
Since then, I’ve witnessed him campaign and work so passionately for the cause of liberty for all. He showed much dedication and optimism in everything he worked on. Everyone seemed to like him, even those who didn’t agree his beliefs. People knew he was the real deal, even if they didn’t agree with his positions, they knew he was doing what he felt was right and they respected that.
He inspired me to run for local office myself and he was very helpful throughout the process and provided much support and encouragement.
He was a crucial part of the party here in Vermont and we’ve missed him very much since he left for New Hampshire. I have committed to keeping the party alive here in Vermont since he left and will continue to as long as I can. I’m sure he will be widely missed by his New Hampshire friends as well.
You will be missed Hardy… may you rest in peace!
Come celebrate with like minded Vermonters on April 24th at the Orchid in South Burlington at the Vermont Libertarian Party state convention.
When: April 24, 2010, starts at 11:30 a.m. (sign in starts at 11 a.m.)
Where: Orchid Restaurant, located at: 5 Market Street, South Burlington, VT 05403, Tel: (802) 658-3626.
Cost: $10.00 per person, paid in advance of the convention to the VTLP (includes meal and hot tea, other drinks are extra.
The Vermont Libertarian Party held a state committee meeting on Saturday here in Burlington where we officially nominated Bob Barr for president and Wayne Allyn Root for vice president and we’ll file the paperwork shortly to ensure that they are on the ballot in Vermont.
We also we began discussions about potential candidates for state-wide office. We are still looking for candidates for all offices. If anyone is interested, please let me know.
We have a growing list of people that have expressed interest in running as a Libertarian. Within the next month or so we should be able to announce some of them.
We may be able to possibly add another option for Vermont Governor.