Breaking: Jim Lark Votes No On Vohra Suspension

Region 5 Representative Jim Lark voted no Vice Chairman Arvin Vohra’s suspension and removal making the final decision fall on the shoulders of Chairman Nicholas Sarwark.

Lark stated

I hope all is well with you. 

I am writing to provide some 
information about a couple of matters.

1)  In a separate message I shall send my vote on the motion to suspend Arvin Vohra.  While I believe several of Mr. Vohra's actions are reflective of poor judgment, I am not convinced that the recent MeWe post in question or his previous statements constitute a violation of the certification (also referred to as the "membership pledge"). In particular, I believe that the post in question was an attempt at humor (albeit an attempt that failed badly), and I accept his statements that he does not advocate violence against the state.  (I have some additional concerns about the wording of the motion, which I shall 
discuss if the need arises.)

On Mar. 31, I sent a message to Mr. Vohra about the MeWe post. I stated my belief that the intentional posting of the message in such a place suggested questionable judgment, and perhaps an indifference to the negative effect such posts may have on the LP, especially with respect to some of our affiliate organizations.  I also requested that he resign from the LNC, preferably with immediate effect.

For whatever it is worth, this is one of the most difficult votes I have cast during my service as an LNC member. I am concerned that some of Mr. Vohra's statements have caused damage to the LP, and may cause damage in the future.  

Thus, I understand very well why the motion is 
supported by many people whose character and judgment I greatly respect. I am also concerned that passage of the motion may cause as many problems over the long term as it may alleviate.  In most cases when I have such uncertainty concerning a motion, I abstain.  However, in this case, since an abstention functions as a "nay" vote, I believe it is appropriate to vote "nay."

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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