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Michigan Libertarians nominate candidates at state convention

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Monday, the Libertarian Party of Michigan released the names of all their nominees for federal office in Michigan. These included candidates for U.S. Senator and twelve of Michigan's fourteen Congressional seats. Among them are nominees for both of the Congressional districts that represent Washtenaw County.

The Libertarians also published a partial list of their candidates for statewide offices, including candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Michigan Supreme Court, all of whom will be on the ballot in Washtenaw County this November.

The Libertarians nominated the candidates at their state convention in Howell on Saturday, May 17.

Nominees for federal office

Jim Fulner is the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate. Fulner is an engineer from Berkley who studied at Oakland Community College and Northern Michigan University. He ran in 2012 as the Libertarian candidate for the Ninth Congressional District against Sander Levin. He is currently the Secretary of the state central committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

In a press release at his campaign website, Fulner said that he was running for Senate "not to get a shiny badge to tell others how to run their life, but instead to educate Michiganders of the life we could have if we eliminated force for political and social gain."

Roll Call reports that Fulner is among the candidates accepting political contributions in Bitcoins.

The Libertarian candidate for the Seventh Congressional District of Michigan, which includes the western and northern portions of Washtenaw County is a familiar name, Ken Proctor of Charlotte. According to Ballotpedia, Proctor ran for this seat as a Libertarian in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Ballotpedia also lists him as the Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 1996 and Governor in 2010.

In contrast to seasoned candidate Proctor, the Libertarian nominee for the Twelfth Congressional District, Bob Dhsyhria, is apparently a newcomer to politics. Personal information on Dhsyhria is not available at this time.

Nominees for statewide office

Mary Buzuma of Grand Haven is the Libertarian nominee for Governor of Michigan. In 2012, Buzema ran for Congress in Michigan's Second District. She is currently the Chair of the state central committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

Buzuma is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and previously worked as a teacher in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving back to Michigan.

Her running mate is Scotty Boman of Detroit, who began running for office as a Libertarian in 1994, when he was a candidate for state representative. Since then, he's run for U.S. Congress in 1996, Wayne State University Board of Governors in 1998 and 2000, State Board of Education in 2002 and 2004, Lieutenant Governor in 2006, Secretary of State in 2010, and U.S. Senate in 2008 and 2012. He most recently ran for Detroit City Clerk in 2013.

Boman works as a professor at Wayne County Community College and Macomb Community College. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the state central committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

The Libertarians nominated a local candidate, Justin Altman, for Attorney General. Altman ran for Washtenaw County Prosecutor in 2012. He has his own law practice, Altman and Associates, in Ypsilanti. He has previously worked for Michigan Poverty Law Center and the Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law.

The Libertarian nominee for Secretary of State, Jamie Lewis, is another former local candidate moving up to statewide office. Lewis had run for Kent County Clerk at least twice, first in 2000 and again in 2012. He also ran for State Senate in 2006 and 2010, Gaines Township Supervisor in 2008, and Gaines Township Trustee in 2004.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Lewis stated that "our current Secretary of State has decided that the name 'Jamie' is not suitable for the ballot so this time I will be running as 'James'."

The Libertarians nominated only one candidate for Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Kerry Morgan. Morgan will be running against David Viviano, who was appointed by Governor Snyder to complete the term of Diane Hathaway after her resignation.

Morgan is no stranger to being on the ballot for the state's highest court, having run before in 2012 and 2006. He has also run for U.S. Congress in 2010, Michigan Board of Regents in 2008, and state representative in 2004.

The Libertarian Party of Michigan also nominated a full slate of candidates for the four state educational governance boards. The party will release those names, as well as those of candidates for state legislature and local offices, later this week.