Caryn Ann Harlos

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Caryn Ann Harlos
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Secretary
Libertarian National Committee
2018—Incumbent
Predecessor: Alicia Mattson
Region 1 Representative
Libertarian National Committee
2016—2018
Predecessor: Norm Olsen
Successor: Richard Longstreth
Secretary
Libertarian Party of Colorado
2021—2022
Predecessor: Mike Spalding
Successor: Andy Buchkovich
Personal Details
Birth: October 18, 1967
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Education: Associates Degree in Legal Assisting
Occupation: Paralegal, Author, Activist
Residence: Castle Rock, Colorado
Party: Libertarian Party
Media
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Caryn Ann Harlos is the current Libertarian Party National Secretary (LNC terms 2018-2020, 2020-2022, and 2022-2024) and former Region 1 Representative on the Libertarian National Committee. She is also the two-term Chair of the Libertarian Party Preservation Committee, National Convention 2022 interim Platform Committee Chair, National Convention 2020 Platform Committee Chair, National Convention 2018 Platform Committee Chair, former Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado, and former Colorado State Coordinator with the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus. She is also a Life Member of the Libertarian Party. She is married to Wayne Harlos who is the former and current chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and the current four-term chair of the Libertarian Party of Douglas County which they helped revive in 2014 after over a decade of dormancy. Beginning in October 2021, Caryn Ann became a regular Saturday host on a radio program airing on KHNC 1360 in Weld County, Colorado.[1]

Ideology

Caryn Ann is an ideological anarchist/voluntaryist who has become distinguished for presentations on the Dallas Accord and the Statement of Principles. She is also widely known as a pro-life Libertarian having authored "Abortion and the Libertarian Conscience."[2] though has since changed her mind on the desirability of the deletion of the abortion plank, now believing that it was best to have remained as the plank said nothing about rights, but practically recognized this is an issue that is best dealt with by culture changes to value life rather than government force. She is also a pacifist, but this is for religious, rather than political, reasons. She is politically involved to bring about peaceful change and believes in a future where everyone can have what they want - those who voluntarily want a lot of government can have it, and those that don't, aren't forced to.

She has done multiple presentations about Libertarian anarchy:

Organizational Positions

Libertarian Parties

Organization Position Term Start Term End
National Libertarian Party National Party Secretary July 2018 Present
National Libertarian Party National Social Media Team August 2015 February 2018
National Libertarian Party Region 1 Representative May 2016 July 2018
National Libertarian Party Gary Earl Johnson Campaign Advisory Committee July 2016 November 2016
National Libertarian Party Advertising and Publication Review Committee May 2016 September 2021
National Libertarian Party Advertising and Publication Review Committee Chair June 2022 Present
National Libertarian Party Historical Preservation Committee Chair January 2017 Present
National Libertarian Party Candidate Support Committee August 2017 July 2018
National Libertarian Party Bylaws and Rules Committee 2018 2018
National Libertarian Party Platform Committee Chair 2018 2018
National Libertarian Party Platform Committee Chair 2020 2020
National Libertarian Party Platform Committee Chair 2022 2022
National Libertarian Party Convention Voting Process Committee 2019 2021
National Libertarian Party Policies and Procedures Committee 2020 2021
National Libertarian Party Convention Oversight Committee 2020 Present
National Libertarian Party Ballot Access Committee 2022 Present
National Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Interim Chair November 2022 Present
Libertarian Party of Colorado Social Media Chair January 2015 March 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Historical Committee 2016 2016
Libertarian Party of Colorado Standing Rules Committee 2016 2017
Libertarian Party of Colorado Credentialing Committee Chair 2016 2017
Libertarian Party of Colorado Bylaws Committee 2016 2017
Libertarian Party of Colorado Colorado Convention 2017 Planning Committee- Party Business Subcommittee Chair 2016 2017
Libertarian Party of Colorado Communications Director January 2016 March 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee Chair 2015 2016
Libertarian Party of Colorado Bylaws Committee 2015 2016
Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee Chair 2016 2017
Libertarian Party of Colorado Bylaws Committee 2016 2017
Libertarian Party of Colorado Policy Manual Committee August 2017 March 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Policies and Procedures Committee 2020 2021
Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee Chair 2017 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee Chair 2017 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee Chair 2018 2019
Libertarian Party of Colorado Bylaws Committee 2017 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Bylaws Committee 2018 2019
Libertarian Party of Colorado Standing Rules Committee 2018 2018
Libertarian Party of Colorado Bylaws Committee 2018 2019
Libertarian Party of Colorado Convention Oversight Committee - Business Planning Chair - Emergency Ad Hoc Convention Committee Chair 2019 2019
Libertarian Party of Colorado Newsletter Committee Member 2019 2020
Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee Chair 2021 2021
Libertarian Party of Colorado Secretary 2021 2022
Libertarian Party of Colorado Convention Oversight Committee Chair 2022
Libertarian Party of Colorado Style Committee Member 2022 2022
Libertarian Party of Colorado Historical Preservation Committee Member 2022
Libertarian Party of Douglas County (Development Group) Bylaws Committee- Chair 2016 2016
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Libertarian Party of Colorado Constitution and Bylaws Committee- Douglas County Representative 2017 2018
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Libertarian Party of Colorado Constitution and Bylaws Committee- Douglas County Representative 2019 2020
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Communications Director 2019 2020
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Secretary 2020 Present
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Libertarian Party of Colorado Platform Committee 2021 2021
Libertarian Party of California Member 2019 2020
Libertarian Party of Ventura County Member 2019 2020
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania Member 2019 2022

Party Caucuses[3]

Caucus Position Term Start Term End
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Convention Committee October 2017 2018
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Bylaws Committee October 2017 2018
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Platform Committee October 2017 2018
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Branding Committee October 2016 2018
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Colorado State Coordinator April 2016 August 2017
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Platform Committee- Chair October 2016 May 2017
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Bylaws Committee 2016 2016
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Platform Committee October 2015 March 2016
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Platform Committee September 2017 2018
Libertarian Party Mises Caucus Member (National) November 2021 Present

Convention Delegate

Organization Year/Place
Libertarian Party of Colorado Aurora
Libertarian Party of Colorado Colorado Springs
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Parker
National Libertarian Party Orlando, Florida
Libertarian Party of Colorado Westminster
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Parker
Libertarian Party of Colorado Thornton
National Libertarian Party New Orleans, Louisiana
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Parker
Libertarian Party of Colorado Colorado Springs
Libertarian Party of Douglas County Lone Tree
Libertarian Party of Colorado online
Libertarian Party of California Culver City
National Libertarian Party both the online and the Orlando, Florida sittings
Libertarian Party of Colorado Golden
Libertarian Party of Colorado Keenesburg
National Libertarian Party Sparks, Nevada

Public Office Candidacy

Election Year Position
2020 Colorado State House District 45[4]
2022 Castle Rock Colorado Town Council, District 5

Other Organizations

Organization Position Term
Colorado RCV Policy Committee member 2020-present
Colorado Association of Parliamentarians Member 2019-present
National Association of Parliamentarians Member 2019-present
Colorado Beta Gaveliers Member 2020-present
Colorado Beta Gaveliers Member 2020

Party and Public Office Positions-Related Gallery

"Ballot Selfie" Lawsuit

On local TV news coverage of "ballot selfie" lawsuit

In 2016, Caryn Ann and several other defendants sued the Colorado Secretary of State, State Attorney, and Denver Attorney General over a Colorado statute forbidding the disclosure of the contents of one's own ballot.[5] This came in the wake of multiple similar suits, including a successful overturning of a similar law in New Hampshire.[6] View a copy of the Complaint and the Order for Injunctive Relief as well as a copy of the Colorado statute that was overturned.


Close the Back Door

At the 2018 national convention in New Orleans, Caryn Ann successfully organized an initiative to protect the Statement of Principles.

Whistleblower Activities

Threats, Soft Sexism, Wokeism

The National Party's Tepid Response to the COVID Regime

Caryn Ann was stridently vocal about what she and others saw to be a tepid-at-best response of the national Party to the depredations on human rights in response to COVID. When even the tame suggestion of forming an advisory committee was shot down, she said that if the national Party can't respond to this issue, it might as well disband as useless.

New Hampshire Coup Attempt

NH-2021 Coup-Meme.jpg

Caryn Ann was prominent in bringing the issues in the Attempted Coup June 2021 of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire to light to general Party membership after which she was the subject of several attempts by other LNC members to remove her from the LNC which she considers to be retaliation against a whistleblower - particularly considering her comments to the LNC after meeting adjournment condemning their inaction. During that time, she received more messages of support from Party members since the time that the "Contact the LNC" form was put on the website in 2018. This chain of events led to her receiving a veritable's hero's welcome at Porcfest and an invitation to a speaking spot on bold Libertarian messaging.

Delaware Coup

And like with New Hampshire, she exposed that the LNC was utterly incapable of handling this when presented, see Libertarian Party of Delaware Leadership Controversy 2021

Massachusetts Purge

See Libertarian Association of Massachusetts Leadership Controversy 2022

Suspension From the Libertarian National Committee (Later Determined to be Null and Void)

See: In re: The Suspension of Caryn Ann Harlos - LNC Secretary-in-Exile

At the National Convention 2022, she was re-elected with over 70% of the vote and the delegates ruled that her prior removal was null and void due to the denial of basic due process rights to an officer and therefore a continuing breach of the bylaws and that she never ceased to be LNC Secretary.

Featured Guest Convention Appearances

Caryn Ann delivered a historical presentation and/or keynotes [7] on the Statement of Principles and the Dallas Accord at many of these conventions. She has also participated in panel discussions and spoke as national Party membership recruiter.

Affiliate Dates Video
Arizona Libertarian Party January 2017 None
Montana Libertarian Party March 2017 None
Libertarian Party of Colorado March 2017 None
Libertarian Party of New Mexico April 2017 None
Libertarian Party of Washington June 2017 Link
Libertarian Party of Oregon June 2017 None
Arizona Libertarian Party January 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Washington February 2018 None
Libertarian Party of California April 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Louisiana April 2018 None
Libertarian Party of New Hampshire April 2018 Link
Libertarian Party of Oklahoma April 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Utah April 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Texas April 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Indiana May 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Ohio May 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts September 2018 None
Libertarian Party of Arkansas April 2019 None
Libertarian Party of California April 2019 None
Libertarian Party of Colorado April 2019 None
Libertarian Party of Florida May 2019 None
Missouri Libertarian Party June 2019 None
Libertarian Party of Hawaii November 2019 None
Libertarian Party of Delaware March 2020 None
Libertarian Party of South Dakota March 2021 Link ?
Libertarian Party of Kansas April 2021 Link
Libertarian Party of Wisconsin April 2021 Link
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania May 2021 None
Libertarian Party of Florida June 2021 None
Libertarian Party of New Hampshire January 2022 Link

Campaign Convention Appearances

Affiliate Dates
[[Libertarian Party of Colorado] March 2018
Libertarian Party of Louisiana April 2018
Libertarian Party of Oklahoma April 2018
Utah Libertarian Party April 2018
Libertarian Party of Texas April 2018
Libertarian Party of New Hampshire April 2018
Libertarian Party of California April 2018
Libertarian Party of Indiana May 2018
Roads to Freedom Unconvention May 2018
Libertarian Party of Alabama May 2018
Arizona Libertarian Party January 2020
Libertarian Party of California February 2020
Libertarian Party of Florida February 2020
Libertarian Party of Nevada March 2020
Libertarian Party of Indiana March 2020
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania March 2020
Libertarian Party of Delaware March 2020
Oklahoma Libertarian Party June 2020
Libertarian Party of South Carolina November 2021
Vermont Libertarian Party November 2021
Libertarian Party of New York November 2021
Arizona Libertarian Party January 2022
Libertarian Party of New Hampshire January 2022
Libertarian Party of Virginia February 2022
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania March 2022
Libertarian Party of Colorado March 2022
Libertarian Party of Tennessee March 2022
Libertarian Party of Washington March 2022
Libertarian Party of Wisconsin April 2022
Libertarian Party of Texas April 2022
Libertarian Party of Maryland April 2022
Libertarian Party of Louisiana April 2022

Convention Appearance Related Gallery

Training Seminars

Organization Dates Topic
Libertarian Party of Colorado June 2018 New Delegate Orientation
Libertarian Party of Maine September 2019 Candidate Training with Cara Schulz
National Libertarian Party October 2019 Your questions about the 2020 Libertarian National Convention Answered
Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee November 2021 Robert’s Rules of Order
Libertarian Party Mises Caucus Various Chapters November and December 2021 How to be a Good Convention Delegate
Libertarian Party Mises Caucus Various Chapters Up through May 2022 Robert’s Rules of Order

Other Media Appearances and Interviews

2010s

Date Media Outlet Title
May 2016[8] Politico Photo Gallery from the 2016 Libertarian Party Convention
May 2016[9] The Washington Post The Washington Post, Libertarians Pick Johnson and Weld After Close Contest
July 2016[10] Reason "Hit and Run," Did the Libertarian Radicals Lose Their Inter-Party Fight? Not So Fast, Says One
August 2016[11] The Denver Post Denver Post, Small but growing number of Colorado voters shift to Green, Libertarian parties
August 2016[12] Westword How "Terrible" Trump and Clinton Help the Libertarian Party in Colorado and Beyond
August 2016[13] Theopologetics Voting Third Party Advocacy
September 2016[14] The Johny Rocket Launchpad Party-Archy, the Libertarian Wing of the Libertarian Party
October 2016[15] Colorado Independent How a Libertarian plans to challenge Colorado’s ‘ballot-selfie’ law
November 2016[16] Westword Libertarian Party: It's Great to Be Blamed for Hillary's Loss
February 2017\[17] Tom Woods Show After 2016, Where Is the Libertarian Party Today, and Where Is It Going?
February 2017[18] Reason Magazine Did the Libertarian Party Blow It in 2016?
February 2017[19] Libertopia Cartoons Find What You Love and Let it Kill You
May 2017[20] Colorado Independent The Libertarian Party’s national archives now live in Colorado
June 2017[21] Dankertarian Podcast Larry Sharpe and Caryn Ann Harlos, Uniting the Clans
August 2017[22] Colorado Public Radio Libertarianism Was Born In Westminster And Other Historical Party Facts
September 2017[23] Reason The Libertarian Party's Paid Membership Numbers Take a Dive
Late 2017[24] Ask a Libertarian Ask Me Anything Part 1
Late 2017[25] Ask a Libertarian Ask Me Anything Part 2
January 2018[26] Westword Kratom Ban in Denver Ripped by Libertarian Party of Colorado
February 2018[27] Reason Magazine LPedia
February 2018[28] Reason None
May 2018, [29] Washington Times Libertarian Party rescues its original founding document from eBay
May 2018[30] Punk Rock Libertarians Surviving Thunderdome
May 2019[31] Reddit AMA
July 2018[32] Reason Candidate Kicked Out of New Hampshire Libertarian Party Nonetheless on House Primary Ballot as a Libertarian
December 2018[33] Ask a Libertarian AMA

2020s

Date Media Outlet Title
April 2020[34] Youtube Interview Interview with Aya Katz and Julia regarding the COVID-19 lockdowns (code-named as "Cat in the Hat")
September 2020 Black Side of Liberty with Nickolas Wildstar Guest Appearance
November 2020[35] Porcupine Pundit Productions Liberty on Caffeine
November 2020[36] Roads 2 Liberty Is the LP Soft on Lockdowns?
November 2020 Late to Liberty Show Appearance
January 2021[37] Aya Katz Talking with Caryn Ann Harlos about Corporations & Censorship
February 2021[38] Tom Woods Show Did the Libertarian Party Ignore the Biggest Issue of 2020?
February 2021[39] Decentralized Revolution Decentralized Revolution with Dave Smith
February 2021[40] Part of the Problem Interview with Caryn Ann Harlos
April 2021[41] Derailed with Arcaicskidz The One and Only Caryn Ann Harlos
March 2021[42] Godarchy Liberty in Pink
March 2021[43] Don't Tread on Anyone A Libertarian Message to Progressives and Conservatives
March 2021[44] Hedgehog Watchdog Interview
March 2021[45] Life & Liberty Interview
June 2021[46] Aquarian Anarchy Caryn Ann Harlos - The Evolution of the Revolution
June 2021[47] Tom Woods Corruption in the Libertarian Party]
June 2021[48] Drunk ’N Disorderly With Guest Caryn Ann Harlos
June 2021[49] PorcFest Bold Libertarian Messaging: Don't Be Afraid
June 2021[50] The System is Down Caryn Ann Harlos on LP Assassins & #McAfeeDidntKillHimself
July 2021[51] Cajun Libertarian Live with Caryn Ann Harlos
July 2021[52] Dave vs. Goliath Gritty in Pink
July 2021, [53] Sara Higdon's We the People The State of The Libertarian Party w/ Caryn Ann Harlos
July 2021[54] Break the Cycle w/Joshua Smith CouchStreams Ep 70 w/ Caryn Ann Harlos
August 2021[55] Unsafe Spaces Inside a Libertarian Coup
September 2021[56] Break the Cycle w/Joshua Smith Couchstreams Ep 97 w/ Caryn Ann Harlos
September 2021[57] Part of the Problem The Railroading of Caryn Ann Harlos
September 2021[58] Daniel 3: Biblical Anarchy Caryn Ann “Pink Flame” Harlos
September 2021[59] Turbine Guy Libertarian National Party Shenanigans Exposed by the Pink Flame of Liberty
September 2021[60] The Liberty Revolt Caryn Ann Harlos joins the Liberty Revolt
October 2021[61] Liberty Late Night LLN Live
October 2021[62] O’Donnell for Liberty Ep. 37: "The Pink Flame of Liberty" feat. Caryn Ann Harlos
November 2021[63] FritzCast Caryn Ann Harlos
December 2021[64] Rise to Liberty You Want to Battle the State but You Can't Handle a Pink-Haired Secretary?
February 2022[65] Westword Colorado's Caucuses Return March 1, Kicking Off Election Season
April 2022[66] LP Mises Caucus Caryn Ann Harlos, Dave Benner, and Steven Nekhalia with Michael Heise from the #RenoReset Money Bomb
June 2022[67] The Road to Providence THE RENO RESET w/ Angela McArdle, Caryn Ann Harlos, and Dave Benner
June 2022[68] Lunatic Liberation LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos
June 2022[69] People We Love Caryn Ann Harlos Loves Her Husband, Wayne Harlos
July 2022[70] Westword Castle Rock's Caryn Ann Harlos Wants to Return the Libertarian Party to Its Roots

Mentions in Media

  • The Opposition, Exile and Restitution of Caryn Ann Harlos and What it Symbolizes for the Libertarian Party, May 31, 2022[71]

Parliamentarian

In December 2021, Harlos passed the Registered Parliamentarian examination and said she is working now on obtaining the Professional Registered Parliamentarian designation though that is at least several years away.

She has additionally been retained to advise individuals in various parliamentary situations in the Party.

Libertarian Party Sponsored Appearances

Other Noteworthy Appearances

  • 2016 Nomination Speech for Libertarian Presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry (video not available)
  • 2016 Nomination Speech for Libertarian Vice-Presidential candidate Will Coly[75]
  • Clip on CNN promo on Libertarian Party[76]
  • Defending Markets at Warm Cookies of the Revolution, December 2016[77]
  • Libertarian Party Snapchat Takeover, January 2018
  • Porcfest, Bold Libertarian Messaging, June 2021

In 2019, Harlos was deemed noteworthy enough as a woman in politics to have a Wikipedia page and is included as part of the WikiProject Women and Wikiproject Libertarianism.

Video Channels and Podcast

Caryn Ann has two YouTube channels Pink Flame of Liberty, the Cult of RONR The Cult of RONR, and formerly hosted the Big L Podcast. The Cult of RONR was mentioned in the National Parliamentarian.

Tutorials

Caryn Ann also creates tutorials on how to participate in various Libertarian Party activities.

Radio Show Hostess

Beginning October 2021 and ending about one year later, Caryn Ann became host of a Saturday afternoon radio show on 1360 KHNC in Weld County, Colorado. The show bears the same name as her YouTube Channel, Pink Flame of Liberty. She has vowed to use any platform she has to continue to expose corruption, if it happens, in the Libertarian Party, proving the effectiveness of the Streisand Effect following her suspension.

LNC Involvement

In 2015, Caryn Ann was inspired to get involved on a national level after researching and becoming deeply interested in the schism that then existed in Oregon between the Libertarian Party of Oregon and the PAC also calling itself the Libertarian Party of Oregon while not the officially recognized affiliate. She became convinced that the LNC had grossly overstepped its authority and wanted to protect the Libertarian Party of Colorado from ever suffering a similar fate and thus ran and won the race for Region 1 Representative at the National Convention 2016 against incumbent Norm Olsen. She considers bringing the Libertarian Party of Oregon into Region 1 at the end of her term one of her proudest moments of that term and remains fiercely protective of that affiliate and disturbed by what had happened to them. Her commitment to limiting the power of the LNC and fidelity to the Bylaws has remained a constant theme of her LNC involvement.

2016 Run for Region 1 Representative

Caryn Ann ran for Region 1 representative at the National Convention 2016 and won in a close three-way race against incumbent Norm Olsen and fellow challenger M Carling. Steven Nielson won Region 1 Alternate. Caryn Ann's first motion as Region 1 alternate was to preserve and protect LPedia. By the end of this term, the Historical Preservation Committee was set up and the records archive moved to Parker Colorado under her direction.


2017 Appointment to Platform Committee

At the LNC Meeting on April 15017, 2017, Caryn Ann was appointed to the Platform Committee for the 2018 Convention. In the first round of voting there was a 4-way tie between Adam Bates, Aaron Starr, Joe Henchman, and Caryn Ann Harlos. Those four were the only ones included in the second round which then had a tie between Aaron Starr and Caryn Harlos at 9 votes each (and a majority). In round three of voting Aaron Starr and Caryn Ann Harlos each received 8 votes, and Adam Bates received 6 votes. For the next round, the rules were suspended to allow only one vote rather than approval voting. In round four, no one received a majority with Aaron Starr receiving 8 votes, Caryn Ann Harlos receiving 6 votes, and Adam Bates received 3 votes. A motion to suspend the rules to appoint Aaron Starr failed and voting went to another round. In the fifth round, no candidate received a majority with Arron Starr receiving 6 votes, Caryn Ann Harlos receiving 8 votes, and Adam Bates receiving 2 votes. In round 6, Aaron Starr and Caryn Ann Harlos each received 8 votes, and Adam Bates received 1 vote. The rules suspended to have the results determined by a coin flip between Aaron Starr and Caryn Ann Harlos. The minutes describe the results as follows:

Using a New Jersey quarter which Mr. Redpath purportedly obtained from The Sopranos on his last visit, Mr. McKnight conducted the coin toss, and Ms. Harlos called the “New Jersey / tails” side of the coin. Ms. Harlos won the coin toss, thus she was appointed to the fifth position on the Platform Committee, and Mr. Starr was appointed as an alternate.

In February 2018, Caryn Ann and Alicia Mattson both sought the Platform Committee Chair position. The results came in as follow:

Voting for Mattson: Carling, Clift, Craig, DiBenedetto, Mattson, Robson, Van Horn

Voting for Harlos: Cholko, Fulner, Harlos, Knapp, Longstreth, Morris, Nanna, Perry, Rosenbeck, Scheetz, Watts

Express abstentions: Fockler, Miron

With 11 votes out of 18 ballots cast, Caryn Ann Harlos is elected as committee chair, having received a majority vote.

New Jersey has remained very kind to Caryn Ann, overwhelmingly voting for her re-election to LNC Secretary in 2020.

2018 Run for LNC Secretary

On February 28, 2018, Caryn Ann announced her run for LNC Secretary[78] and launched her campaign website in March 2018.[79]. Her campaign is managed by Sarah Daggers. She won against incumbent Alicia Mattson and fellow challenger Jeff Wood on the first ballot with 56.621% of the votes. Caryn Ann's campaign was run with zero negative campaigning and in fact, she was cited by Alicia Mattson in Mattson's campaign materials as someone who called Ms. Mattson "one of the best secretaries" she has ever worked with.

Popular Libertarian evangelist Larry Sharpe endorsed Caryn Ann for this position.

2020 Run for Re-election as LNC Secretary

At the second sitting of the National Convention 2020, Harlos won re-election to LNC Secretary on the first round with 51.80% of the vote again Evan McMahon (46.85%) and Dave Jones (8.31%). However, it is noted that there was a prior motion to suspend the rules for both the Vice-Chair and Secretary race to conduct both by approval voting and in one round only regardless if anyone received a majority. However, both Caryn Ann Harlos and Ken Moellman did win their races with a majority. Harlos credits her win to her dedication to stand up for the delegates who wanted an in-person convention in opposition to then-Chair Nicholas Sarwark as she had a very healthy majority of support from the in-person delegates despite both her and Evan being present in person while she had had only a slight lead with the remote delegates. Harlos believes this is due to misinformation that she did not support any remote attendance, which she did, and voted for it. In fact, less than fifteen delegates opposed remote person when the vote came up on the floor. Like Alicia Mattson last term, Mr. McMahon was a very competent and worthy competitor. Because two entirely different voting methods were used, it is impossible to statistically compare the two races, particularly since so many delegates reported voting for both Harlos and McMahon, and it is unknown who would have been chosen had they been only able to to choose one. In the same way, it is impossible to know what effect that late entrance of Dave Jones had and whether his votes included either Harlos or McMahon or were for him alone. [80] Mr. McMahon accepted her offer to be her unofficial Assistant Secretary, a role that she has been working on making something official and permanent, similar to the Assistant Treasurer. However, his life circumstances changes, and he could not assume that role.

Harlos produced an informational video for her re-election bid:

2022 Run for Re-Instatement as LNC Secretary

For more detail about this period of time and the voiding of the removal of Harlos, see In re: The Suspension of Caryn Ann Harlos - LNC Secretary-in-Exile.

Harlos was re-elected at the National Convention 2022 with %70.82 of the vote over the LNC's chosen interim replacement's %24.39 of the vote (694 votes v. 239 votes). Note: The two write-in "abstentions" should not have been counted so that the percentage of win was actually %70.96.

Inclusion in 50th Anniversary Tribute Book to John Hospers

Caryn Ann has two essays in that book titled as follows:

  • Unearthing and Preserving . . .”
  • An Essentially Libertarian View of Abortion is Neither Conservative Nor Progressive

Notable Other Accomplishments

Caryn Ann is a paralegal with over twenty years of experience. She has also authored a book on Christian eschatology that had been used as a reference work in a class at Liberty University. She has appeared in radio shows and podcasts all over the world on this topic and was a guest lecturer at Appalachian State University. Caryn Ann has been involved in various other non-profit activist and service organizations including volunteering for a teen runaway and suicide hotline, regular head and assistant cook volunteer at Gold Coast Via de Cristo events, and served as Treasurer on the Gold Coast Via de Cristo Secretariat, as well as archivist of its banner collection spanning multiple decades. She has also been involved in street activism no matter where she was on the political spectrum at the time. Also, there *might* have been a double reference to Harlos and Fortnight on a 2018 episode of South Park. Considering the libertarian position of the creators, it is possible.[81]

Professional Memberships

  • NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) since 1999
  • NAP (National Association of Parliamentarians) since 2019
  • AIP (American Institute of Parliamentarians) since 2022

An article on a YouTube education series on Robert's Rules of Order, Cult of RONR that Caryn Ann hosts with Mike Seebeck was featured in the National Parliamentarian.

Past Volunteer Activities

Activity Organization Dates
Junior Class President Blanche Ely High School 1984
Fill-in Host AM1400 1991-1992
Trainer Youth Evangelism Explosion 2001-2003
Class Leader Junior Achievement 1998-2001
Office Volunteer WayFM 2004-2005
Treasurer Gold Coast Via de Cristo 2006
Head and Assistant Cook Gold Coast Via de Cristo multiple times in the 2000s
Speaker on Leadership and Ideals Gold Coast Via de Cristo several occasions in the mid-2000s
Historic Banner Preservation and Custodian Gold Coast Via de Cristo 2007-2008

Autism Advocacy

In May 2019, after some profound life struggles, Caryn Ann was diagnosed with high-functioning ASD (autism spectrum disorder, f/k/a/ Aspberger's Syndrom) which has sparked in interest (of course it has!) in ASD issues in the Libertarian Party and bullying surrounding same. Caryn Ann was also diagnosed as a young adult with Obsessive Compulsion Disorder which she puts to good use for liberty. After the state convention in 2019, she became involved in a group of members expressing dissatisfaction with the then present Colorado leadership. One of her main complaints was what she felt was ableist bigotry and bullying in response to her disclosure of her autism diagnosis. The Libertarian Party of Colorado has made no official comment but it can be assumed they would dispute her assertion. She and Mike Seebeck started an alternative discussion group at Libertarian Party of Colorado Uncensored for LPCO members who believe they were wrongly silenced. She noted that the intention was for the group to be temporary, to be archived when the controversies between the various sides are eventually resolved.

Kratom and Pain Patient Advocacy

Re-Legalize All Drugs

Caryn Ann speaks out regularly on how the "war on opioids" is victimizing pain patients and has been an advocate for kratom.[82]

References

  1. Updates - Weld county LP DG, Caryn Ann Harlos, 1360am KHNC, and more
  2. Independent Political Report, August 25, 2016
  3. Once elected as LNC Secretary in 2018, Caryn Ann resigned from the Radical Caucus due to a personal position at the time that no national officers should be members of any caucus. She remains caucus-free with a philosophy of friendships with all, entangling alliance with none until her now-voided removal in September 2021. Part of the alleged evidence used against her was her friendliness with the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus, so she conditionally changed her position stating that when people were using bad faith tactics to isolate people friendly with caucuses, there is protection in numbers and loosely quoted Sansa Stark "The lone wolf dies, but the pack stays alive." Though not a member until September 2021, Caryn Ann had been working closely with the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus admiring their work ethic and accomplishments. She joined in September 2021 after realizing that in a time of irrational factionalism, merely being friendly brands you as a member and a target, so she might as well join and show support to those who have supported her. Further, the hostility in the Party in 2021 made being a "lone wolf" very risky and open to vulnerability. She joined the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus in November 2021 and re-joined the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus in February 2022.
  4. see candidate questionnaire
  5. "How a Libertarian plans to challenge Colorado’s ‘ballot-selfie’ law", Colorado Independent, October 21, 2016
  6. "Ballot Selfie Ban Violates Free Speech Rights", "FPP News, Volume 7, Issue 11"
  7. "Caryn Ann Harlos on the LP Statement of Principles", Libertarian Party, May 3, 2017.
  8. Photo Gallery from the 2016 Libertarian Party Convention
  9. [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/05/29/libertarians-pick-johnson-and-weld-ticket-after-close-contest/?utm_term=.cd4ddc6205fb Libertarians pick Johnson and Weld ticket after close contest]
  10. Did the Libertarian Radicals Lose Their Inter-Party Fight? Not So Fast, Says On"
  11. Small but growing number of Colorado voters shift to Green, Libertarian parties
  12. How "Terrible" Trump and Clinton Help the Libertarian Party in Colorado and Beyond
  13. Voting Third Party Advocacy
  14. Party-Archy, the Libertarian Wing of the Libertarian Party
  15. How a Libertarian plans to challenge Colorado’s ‘ballot-selfie’ law
  16. Libertarian Party: It's Great to Be Blamed for Hillary's Loss
  17. After 2016, Where Is the Libertarian Party Today, and Where Is It Going?
  18. Did the Libertarian Party Blow It in 2016?
  19. Find What You Love and Let it Kill You
  20. [http://www.coloradoindependent.com/165618/libertarian-party-archives-colorado The Libertarian Party’s national archives now live in Colorado
  21. Larry Sharpe and Caryn Ann Harlos, Uniting the Clans
  22. Libertarianism Was Born In Westminster And Other Historical Party Facts
  23. The Libertarian Party's Paid Membership Numbers Take a Dive
  24. "Ask Me Anything Part 1"
  25. "Ask Me Anything Part 2"
  26. Kratom Ban in Denver Ripped by Libertarian Party of Colorado,
  27. [https://reason.com/2018/02/01/lpediaorg/ LPedia.org, Reason
  28. Larry Sharpe, Libertarian Candidate for Governor of New York, Quits the Party's National Committee
  29. Libertarian Party rescues its original founding document from eBay
  30. Surviving Thunderdome
  31. AMA with LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos
  32. Candidate Kicked Out of New Hampshire Libertarian Party Nonetheless on House Primary Ballot as a Libertarian
  33. "Ask Me Anything"
  34. [1]
  35. Liberty on Caffeine, Porcupine Pundit Productions
  36. Roads 2 Liberty interview
  37. Talking with Caryn Ann Harlos about Corporations & Censorship
  38. Did the Libertarian Party Ignore the Biggest Issue of 2020?
  39. Decentralized Revolution with Dave Smith
  40. Caryn Ann Harlos-Part of the Problem
  41. The One and Only Caryn Ann Harlos
  42. Liberty in Pink
  43. Don't Tread on Anyone
  44. Hedgehog Watchdog
  45. Life & Liberty
  46. Caryn Ann Harlos - The Evolution of the Revolution
  47. Corruption in the Libertarian Party
  48. Drunk 'N Disorderly: The Podcast - Featuring guest Caryn Ann Harlos!
  49. Bold Libertarian Messaging: Don't Be Afraid
  50. Caryn Ann Harlos on LP Assassins & #McAfeeDidntKillHimself (@ PorcFest 2021)
  51. Live with Caryn Ann Harlos
  52. Caryn Ann Harlos, Gritty in Pink
  53. The State of The Libertarian Party w/ Caryn Ann Harlos
  54. CouchStreams Ep 70 w/ Caryn Ann Harlos
  55. Inside a Libertarian Coup
  56. Couchstreams Ep 97 w/ Caryn Ann Harlos
  57. The Railroading of Caryn Ann Harlos
  58. Caryn Ann "Pink Flame" Harlos
  59. Libertarian National Party Shenanigans Exposed by the Pink Flame of Liberty
  60. Caryn Ann Harlos joins the Liberty Revolt
  61. LLN Live- Caryn Ann Harlos
  62. Ep. 37: "The Pink Flame of Liberty" feat. Caryn Ann Harlos
  63. Caryn Ann Harlos
  64. You Want to Battle the State but You Can't Handle a Pink-Haired Secretary?
  65. Colorado's Caucuses Return March 1, Kicking Off Election Season
  66. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTIVzzlFudw Caryn Ann Harlos, Dave Benner, and Steven Nekhalia with Michael Heise from the #RenoReset Money Bomb
  67. THE RENO RESET w/ Angela McArdle, Caryn Ann Harlos, and Dave Benner
  68. LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos
  69. Caryn Ann Harlos Loves Her Husband, Wayne Harlos
  70. Castle Rock's Caryn Ann Harlos Wants to Return the Libertarian Party to Its Roots
  71. Exile and Restitution of Caryn Ann Harlos and What it Symbolizes for the Libertarian Party
  72. Meet the LNC: Caryn Ann Harlos, January 31, 2017
  73. Meet the LNC: Caryn Ann Harlos, July 20, 2018
  74. 2022 Election Night Livestream
  75. CSPAN coverage of 2016 Libertarian Party National Convention
  76. "Why you should care about the Libertarian Party in 2016"
  77. "The People vs. Capitalism"
  78. Facebook Announcement
  79. Pink is the New Gold
  80. Unlike past years, the only records are the tally sheets and not the individual ballots so this post-convention analysis cannot be done as it could have been in years past.
  81. Caryn Ann Harlos made an appearance on South Park this season
  82. Also see Kratom: Libertarian Party of Colorado Rips Denver Human Use Ban