Moore, Oklahoma – March 28, 2021 – With a record number of delegates attending its annual convention, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party (OKLP) elected a new state Chair: Kevin Hobbie of Atoka, OK.
The OKLP’s chair position was vacated by Choctaw city councilman Chad Williams who did not seek reelection. Chad Williams grew up in Luther, OK but has lived in Choctaw for the last ten years and has served as one of Choctaw’s councilmen since 2019.
“I hope that I’ve been able to set up the foundation for a new generation of Libertarians to take the torch and run,” stated Councilman Williams. His hopes are that Hobbie will follow his example.
Hobbie has worked as an HSE consultant both independently and for major oil and gas companies. He was not always a Libertarian but became drawn to the party’s ideas as he went through major life experiences.
“I was a young communist on the OU campus and worked on the Obama campaign in 2008,” Hobbie recalled. As he got older and experienced more fiscal results of governance, such as taxes, his ideas began to shift.
“I started seeing the ways that government was screwing small business owners,” said Hobbie.
But the biggest impact on Hobbie’s transition from communism to libertarianism was when his son was born with Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder.
“I saw how government hamstrung families to where they didn’t have the ability to take care of their own,” Hobbie stated.
Hobbie believes he can tailor the Oklahoma Libertarian Party’s messaging to those on the political left. “We’ve been 30 years ahead of the old parties on civil liberty issues and nobody talks about it,” he stated.
His vision is to unify the party behind a single cause of liberty in our lifetime.
“I want a party that is involved in the communities,” said Hobbie. “We want to do community clean ups and volunteer at homeless shelters and food banks.”
Hobbie’s term as the OKLP Chair is two years. The OKLP was founded in 1972 and is an affiliate of the Libertarian Party, founded in 1971.