Spotlight on Libertarians: Olga Parsons & Elizabeth Dahl, Crystal City Councilmen

This week’s Spotlight will feature two Libertarians currently serving on the Crystal City Council in Minnesota, Olga Parsons & Elizbeth Dahl.

Parsons is a stay-at-home mom who has volunteered to help families go through the adoption process. Sticking true to libertarian values, she states on her website “I am committed to being an accessible, attentive, and responsible council representative.”

Dahl was previously a birth photographer and President of the Minnesota Families for Midwifery, but is also currently a stay-at-home mom, part-time business owner and volunteer within the birthing community.

The Libertarian ran for city council “to encourage and improve communication between the citizens and the city council.  As I knocked on hundreds of doors over the summer, it became clear to me that residents often wanted to connect and have a voice in their city – but they simply didn’t know how.”

Both Libertarians were voted in to office in 2014 and have been making waves in Crystal with a majority libertarian city council. In 2016, the City Council paid for a new public works building without borrowing any money. They used money from the City’s savings accounts and by shrinking their reserves.

The council has also been working on a “cleanup of the municipal code to get rid of ordinances considered outdated, unenforceable or just plain silly,” which some of the residents have claimed has been a waste of their tax dollars.

Former councilman Casey Peak, who was also a libertarian, explained that policies were more or less kept intact and only laws that could not be enforced due to reference to outdated laws were eliminated.

Hopefully, Crystal, Minn. will become an example of the good a libertarian government can achieve. We look forward to hearing about more of Councilwoman Parson’s and Councilwoman Dahl’s accomplishments in the future.

To follow Olga Parsons on social media, click here.

To follow Elizabeth Dahl on social media, click here.


Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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