Alex Merced

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Alex Merced
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Photo of Alex Merced by Brian Waddell
Vice-Chair
Libertarian National Committee
July 2, 2018—July 12, 2020
Predecessor: Arvin Vohra
Successor: Ken Moellman
Personal Details
Birth: (1985-06-30) June 30, 1985 (age 35)
Hartford, Connecticut
Education: Bowling Green State University (B.A.)
Occupation: Financial Industry Trainer, Author, blogger, marketing consultant
Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Party: Libertarian Party
Media
Website: AlexMerced.com
Facebook: [Fb.com/AlexMercedforLNC Facebook]
Twitter: [twitter.com/AlexMerced Twitter]
Instagram: [instagram.com/AlexMerced Twitter]
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Alex Merced (born June 30, 1985) is an American author, blogger, marketing consultant, financial industry corporate trainer and Libertarian pundit. Merced runs a YouTube channel where he discusses Libertarian ideas such as individual liberty and free markets. Alex Merced is also the founder of online commentary website, LibertarianWingMedia.com. He ran for Public Advocate of New York City in 2013, getting 10,400 votes. He ran for US Senate from New York in 2016 where he got 48,036 votes. Alex Merced also ran for NYC Comptroller in 2017 getting 5810 votes. In 2018 he was the Policy Director or the Larry Sharpe for New York Campaign. He was Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee from 2018 to 2020 and presided over the second sitting on the 2020 National Convention.

Early life

Alex Merced was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1985. His mother is from Guatemala and his father from Puerto Rico.[1]

His parents divorced after giving birth to his little brother. Merced's mother worked multiple jobs to raise her children while going to school. She eventually graduated, got a job, and bought a house in the suburbs.[1]

In High School Alex attended Howell Cheney Technical Vocational School. During this time he read Anthem by Ayn Rand, which Alex "found compelling and always held in the back of his mind as it sparked a deep value for individuality".[1]

Career

Merced is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he got his B.A. in Popular Culture studies and minored in Marketing. He was a host for the local college radio station (WBGUFM 88.1FM), he would spend time promoting concerts in the BGSU music scene under the brand, "Fashionably Numb Music". He also owned a hobby retail store called The Gamers’ Lounge, which eventually closed before he graduated.

During a trip to Manila, Merced watched the Fox Business News debate between Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul, which heavily influenced his Libertarian views.

After graduating in fall 2007, Merced moved in with his father in Long Island. He worked at a marketing internship at High End Shoe Brand Shane and Shawn. Later, he was a Stock Broker for E1 Asset Management and worked at Greico Financial Training as a Training Specialist training people across the financial industry.[1][2]

In 2008, Merced started a vlog on his YouTube channel where he discusses Libertarian ideas such as individual liberty and free markets. Alex over the years has curated many of his videos for easier access at websites such at Libertarian101.com, LearnEconomicsNow.com and IntrotoLiberty.com[3]

In 2016, Merced started Merliva[4] LLC, a consulting company for social media marketing.[1][2]

Also in 2016, Alex Merced started LibertarianWingMedia.com and several podcastsincluding the AlexMercedCast, Breaking Progressives (retired), Libertarian Comments, Economics Why Not? (retired), Podcast and Vlogging: Tips & Tricks (retired), Better Today (retired), and The Bitcoin Blockchain Crypto Podcast. Episodes of the retired podcasts can be found at archive.alexmercedpodcast.com

Politics

Merced was the 2015 Web Chair of the Brooklyn Libertarian Party[5] and 2015 Co-Media Chair of the Manhattan Libertarian Party.[6]. Also Merced resumed being the Media Chair of the Manhattan LP in 2018.

2013 New York City Public Advocate election

In 2013 Merced ran for Public Advocate of New York City in 2013, getting 10,400 votes.

2016 Senate election

in 2016, Merced ran for Senator of New York[7][8][9] in order to unseat incumbent Chuck Schumer. “And neither of the two candidates in the senate race (Schumer and Long), or neither of the major presidential candidates, Trump and Clinton…have talked seriously, in a productive way about the drug war or foreign intervention abroad in a way that would save lives. I tell people , ‘a vote for libertarian is not just a vote against two major parties, it’s a vote for life and death. You’re voting for the only party seriously talking about policy interventions that would save actual lives.” says Merced.[10]

His platform involved lowering regulations, a 20% flat tax on income with an age based tax credit, rainy day saving accounts to replace IRA/HSA/Coverdell accounts, ending the war on drugs, and rolling back regime change in foreign countries.[11] He was endorsed by 2016 Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, runner up Austin Petersen, Will Coley, Vermin Supreme, Founder of Everything Transgendered Jennifer Louise Lopez and four republican Candidates for New York State Assembly.[12]. In the 2016 election Alex Merced got over 48,000 votes.

2017 New York City Comptroller Election

in 2017, Merced is ran for NYC Comptroller campaigning mainly on the comptrollers role in advising the investment of pensions funds. Alex Merced made the case that the pension fund is structurally building in too much risk exposing pensioners to losses and taxpayers to being subject to "catch up" contributions. In the election, Alex Merced got over 5800 votes for his run for Comptroller.[13]

2018 Larry Sharpe Gubernatorial Campaign

Alex Merced was serving as the Policy Director on the executive team of the Larry Sharpe for Governor of New York 2018 Campaign. In order to focus on his campaign for Vice-Chair, Alex Merced took on a different role as Senior Policy Adviser.

2018 Region 8 Alternate

After being Vacated by Larry Sharpe, Alex Merced took of the role as the Region 8 Alternate on the LNC. He did not run for re-election in the seat and as he was elected Vice-Chair. He was replaced by Jeff Lyons.

2018 Candidacy for Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee

Alex Merced announced in December 2017 that he is running to be the next Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. Alex Would go on to win after 3 rounds of voting with 50.6% of the vote to become the next Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. In early 2020 Alex Merced announced he would not seek re-election as Vice-Chair to focus on his new career as a software developer.

Notable Moments during his term

  • Alex had to take the gavel during the LNC meeting in Austin during discussions of hiring a new development director when the Chair wanted to participate in the debate.
  • Alex had to take the gavel during an online LNC meeting in April 2020 when there was a heated discussion about whether to have an in-person convention in 2020, the end result was the passing of a bifurcated convention to be held partially online and partially in-person.
  • During the final moments of the online National Convention, the Chair expressed his intention to not Chair the live portion of the convention and passed the gavel to Alex while a battle over competing for motions to adjourn commenced.
  • Alex Merced presided over the first hybrid live/online convention in party history

Endorsements

2018-2020 Term as Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee

Things Alex Merced has done during his term as Vice-Chair:

  • Moved and Passed motion to create ad-hoc Blockchain Committee
  • Moved and Passed motion to create ad-hoc Membership Committee
  • Co-Headlined sold out fundraiser for the Libertarian Party of Florida on 10/13/18
  • Active in assisting LP Social Media Team
  • Working on Starting new LP Podcast, Meet the Libertarians, to replace previous, Libertarians Working for You

The 2020 Libertarian National Convention

In 2020 the National Convention due to the Coronavirus Pandemic split it's National Convention into two sittings. An online sitting held in May and a hybrid live/online sitting in July (Both firsts in LP History). Alex Merced presided over the final moments of the online sitting and over the entirety of the July hybrid sitting. The chaotic nature of the untried hybrid format made for many memorable moments, out of appreciation for presiding many of the delegates signed a Jo Jorgensen sign and presented it to Alex on stage during the convention. Also, a meme made by David Cox became viral among membership perfectly capturing the essence of the event. This was the ending of Alex's term as Vice-Chair, being succeeded by Ken Moellman.

Merced Delegate Guide

After presiding over the National Convention in 2020 Alex Merced decided to write up an article with advice for future delegates on LPedia. Merced's Delegate Guide

Sign given to Alex Merced on the last day of the 2020 Libertarian National Convention
Back of Sign given to Alex Merced on the last day of the 2020 Libertarian National Convention
Viral Meme of Alex Merced at 2020 LNC created by David Cox


Personal life

Merced married his wife Becky in 2014.[15][16]

Alex Merced worked training people in the financial Industry for Greico Financial Training since 2008-2019.

Alex Merced now works as a Full Stack Developer for Crossfield Digital and as Coding Bootcamp Instructor for General Assembly starting in 2020

Alex Merced also makes music as a hobby.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Alex Merced for New York" (in en-US). http://alexmercedforny.com/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "About the Company" (in en-US). Merliva LLC.. 2016-02-02. http://www.merliva.com/about-the-company/. 
  3. "Alex Merced". https://www.youtube.com/user/AlexMerced/featured. 
  4. "Merliva LLC." (in en-US). http://www.merliva.com/. 
  5. "Officers" (in en-US). Libertarian Party of Brooklyn. 2016-02-03. http://www.brooklynlp.website/officers/. 
  6. "MLP Officers - Manhattan Libertarian Party" (in en-US). Manhattan Libertarian Party. http://manhattanlp.org/about/mlp-officers/. 
  7. "Schumer, Long square off in Senate election". lohud.com. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/07/schumer-long-ny-senate-race/93413318/. 
  8. Dawson, Evan. "Congressional Candidate John Plumb; U.S. Senate Candidate Alex Merced". http://wxxinews.org/post/congressional-candidate-john-plumb-us-senate-candidate-alex-merced. 
  9. "Alex Merced". Libertarian Party. https://www.lp.org/candidates/liberty-candidates-16/alex-merced-0. 
  10. Sukert, Chris Bolt, Elana. "Libertarian Merced Ready to Challenge Schumer for US Senate Seat" (in en). http://waer.org/post/libertarian-merced-ready-challenge-schumer-us-senate-seat. 
  11. "Alex Merced | Nov. 8, 2016 - General Election Voter Guide" (in en). News 12. http://politics.news12.com/voters-guide/long-island/guide/nov-8-2016-general-election/candidate/alex-merced. 
  12. "Endorsements" (in en-US). Alex Merced for New York. 2016-07-20. http://alexmercedforny.com/endorsements/. 
  13. "Why I'm Running for NYC Comptroller" Merion West
  14. http://lpmisescaucus.com/2018/01/17/libertarian-party-mises-caucus-endorses-alex-merced-lnc-vice-chair/
  15. Secret Fire Media (2014-11-17), Becky & Alex | Connecticut Wedding Video | Secret Fire Media, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iFqxvkGdbA, retrieved 2016-10-19 
  16. Alex Merced (2012-10-14), Alex Merced Proposes to Becky, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tki3KQmI6JM, retrieved 2016-10-17