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Loyal Ploof Nominated as Libertarian Candidate for Mayor of Burlington

WPTZ Ch 5 interviews Loyal Ploof Burlington VT mayor candidate

January 29, 2015

(Burlington, VT)  The Burlington Libertarian Party nominated and unanimously endorsed Loyal Ploof as the Libertarian candidate for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. 

“Our taxes are too high, I want to make Burlington a more affordable for everyone, and will work to lower taxes by at least 1% in my first term. Shrinking the size of our government down is one of the first things I want to do: Removing the smoking ban, trespass ordinance, and the unconstitutional gun ban.” stated Ploof.

Ploof further commented, “Over the years, I’ve worked across party lines on different issues, such as fluoride, demolition of Moran, and I’ve also been elected as a school board member. I don’t see a problem with party lines, and will get things done, as I believe things will work out. Burlington is for all residents, and since Miro has been in office, it seems like there has been division in the city. I want to work together to make this an affordable place, and also respect people’s rights. We’re kicking people off public streets and kicking them off the street just for lighting a cigarette. When Miro took office he raised taxes and expanded the Burlington government. If you drive around Burlington, you will see for sale signs at every turn because Burlington is so expensive to live in. I will work to make Burlington affordable for people to stay, watch their kids grow up, and be able to find jobs.”

Go to www.loyalploof.org for more information on his campaign.

About Burlington Libertarian Party

The Burlington Libertarian Party (BLP) is the Burlington committee of the Vermont Libertarian Party (VTLP). The VTLP is an affiliate of The National Libertarian Party. The motto of the VTLP is “Small Government, Low Taxes, More Freedom.” The VTLP has been more or less active in the Green Mountain State since the early 1980s. Despite the relatively small size of our state Party, the Libertarian Party is the largest third party in the country and driving a renaissance in libertarian thinking in this country.

Contact Loyal Ploof:

Loyal Ploof
1571 North Avenue #2
Burlington, VT 05408
(802) 310-1997
Web: www.loyalploof.org
Email: [email protected]

Contact Burlington Libertarian Party:

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
53 Avenue C
Burlington VT 05402-547589
Web: www.burlingtonlp.org
Email: [email protected]




Six Burlington Residents Nominated as Libertarian Candidates

At the last Vermont Libertarian Party meeting in May, six Burlington Vermont residents were nominated as Libertarian candidates for the following offices:

State Senate, Chittenden County:



Ben Mayer 
44 marble ave #2 
Burlington, Vermont 05401 
Phone: (802) 881-2393 
Email: [email protected]   



Glyn Wilkinson
225 King St
Burlington, Vermont 05401-4502
Phone: (802) 324-1514
Email: [email protected] 


State Representative, Chittenden-6-1 (Burlington):

Loyal Ploof
PO Box 82
Burlington, Vermont 05408
Phone: (802) 763-8373
Email:  [email protected]
Web: www.loyalploof.org


Roy Collette
57 Avenue B
Burlington, Vermont 05408
Phone: (802) 343-7368
Email:  [email protected]

Sheriff, Chittenden County



Owen Mulligan
305 S. Union St. #3
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802-355-5247
Email: ombreat[email protected] 

High Bailiff, Chittenden County



Jonathan Stauffer
1162 North Ave #2
Burlington, Vermont 05408
Phone: (802) 399-8376
Email: [email protected]

Loyal Ploof Nominated as Libertarian Candidate for Ward 4 City Council

loyal-pic-209x300At our last January Burlington Libertarian Party meeting, Loyal Ploof was nominated as the Libertarian City Council candidate for Ward 4 in Burlington, Vermont. 

Below are some ways to help out with Loyal Ploof’s campaign…

Website, Facebook, Twitter:

His website, facebook and twitter pages are online: http://www.loyalploof.org. Please visit the site and show your support by liking his facebook page, following his twitter account.


You can also make a donation from the website. Loyal needs more funds for more yard signs and literature.  Please consider making a donation through:


yard-sign-300x199Yard Signs:

If you are in Ward 4, Burlington, please volunteer to put up a yard sign as they are in. You can request one from the following page:


Loyal Ploof Campaign for Ward 4 City Council

loyal-pic-209x300At a recent January Burlington Libertarian Party meeting, Loyal Ploof was nominated as the Libertarian City Council candidate for Ward 4 in Burlington, Vermont. Loyal will be running for the council seat held by incumbent Democrat city councilor, Dave Hartnett.

Below are some updates/events for Loyal Ploof’s campaign…


His website, facebook and twitter pages are online: http://www.loyalploof.org. Please visit the site and show your support by liking his facebook page, following his twitter account.


You can also make a donation from the website. Loyal needs more funds for more yard signs and literature.  Please consider making a donation through:


yard-sign-300x199YARD SIGNS:

If you are in Ward 4, Burlington, please volunteer to put up a yard sign as they are in. You can request one from the following page:



Loyal will be doing sign waves Tuesdays/Thursdays.  The first sign wave was held on Tuesday, February 18th across from the Ethan Allen Shopping Center next to Leddy Park in Ward 4 from 4-6pm with great support received.


Tuesday, Feb 26th from 8am-10am at the Bagel Café in the Ethan Allen Shopping Center next to Leddy Park in Ward 4, 1127 North Avenue Burlington, VT 05408. Come show your support for Loyal!

State committee meeting – 12/22/7

The Vermont Libertarian Party executive committee has scheduled a state committee meeting for reorganization of the Vermont Libertarian Party:

** When: Saturday, 12/22, 1pm

** Where: Burlington: Fletcher Free Library, Pickering Room

** Contact: Jeremy Ryan, [email protected], 802-865-0111

** Agenda: We will elect a new State Committee (Chair, Vice Chair,vSecretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer). We need 5 people to participate in order to finalize the caucus for this year and remain a party.

Please RSVP if you intend to participate.

Heavenly Ryan Elected Co-Chair of New North End NPA Steering Committee

At the May Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA) steering committee meeting for Wards 4 & 7, Heavenly Ryan was elected co-chair of the New North End NPA Steering Committee. The NPA is a monthly gathering of residents to address issues within the city, meet with their elected officials, and serves the two largest wards in Burlington.

About Heavenly Ryan

Heavenly currently serves as secretary of the Burlington Libertarian Party, vice chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party, and works with her husband, at Advantage Creations of Burlington.


Heavenly Ryan
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802/735-2149
Web: https://burlingtonlp.org
Email: hryanvt (at)yahoo.com

Burlington LP News – April 2006

Burlington LP NEWS


April 2006

Sponsored by
The Burlington Libertarian Party



1. From the Chair
2. Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss Speaks to the BBA
3. VFW vs. the State
4. Movie Night: V for Vendetta
5. New VTLP Blog
6. Annual VTLP Convention
7. Burlington Libertarians in Action
8. Libertarian Humor
9. Quote of the Month
10. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article


From the chair…

This is our 6th newsletter. We will to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions and your own letters and articles to be included in future issues.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
contact me


Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss Speaks to the BBA

Mayor Bob Kiss - Burlington, VermontHeavenly and I attended the regular monthly Burlington Business Association (BBA) meeting this morning where Bob Kiss, Burlington’s new mayor, was the guest speaker and main event. Following is my account of his speech and Q/A…

Kiss stated that the best thing city can do is provide good and efficient services such as public works, police, fire, electricity (low rates), neighborhood schools (which contribute to good education), public transportation and telecommunications (through Burlington Telecom). These services must be provided efficiently. Our challenges as a city are in childcare and healthcare. While Burlington cannot do it alone, the city needs to be more aggressive towards coming up with a solution for the healthcare crisis.

Kiss’s major goal is more social equity in Burlington — to lesson the gap between the rich and the poor.

Burlington budgeting problems are going to be his major initial focus. He believes the local option sales tax will help and he will look for alternative ways to increase the tax revenue for the city, other than the property tax. Kiss is confident that the state will approve Burlington’s request for the local option sales tax. Kiss stated that the local option sales tax is capped at 1%… it’s not open-ended.

Kiss stated that he’s not looking to change much of the current city staff – he wants to work with the existing staff to make positive changes.


Preferred method of communication?
By email, he just got his new email address: [email protected]. You may also contact him by phone: 802-865-7272, City Hall: 149 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401 Web: http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/mayor/

Recently the city published a report that suggested capping the budget increases as 3%/year and reducing city staff to 2000 levels. Do you support this?
The city should strive for these goals. City employee benefits are major factor with the budget. The city needs more taxing and funding sources to meet needs.

Affordable housing?
Currently the city is short 21,000 rental and 12,000 home purchase opportunities. Burlington has made great progress towards affordable housing. Kiss hopes for more help from the state government for Burlington Community Land Trust to create more housing. Kiss also wants the zoning rewrite to allow more density throughout the city so more units can be built.

Business in Burlington?
Burlington needs more space for business. Again, Burlington’s zoning needs to allow more density so more businesses can open and expand. The city needs to continue to help grow small (micro) businesses.

The city’s infrastructure is critical for people and businesses locating in Burlington. Kiss stated if he could fill every hole tomorrow he would.

Why do you think you could be mayor?
What do you bring to the table? Kiss cited his 25 years in human services and 12 years managing a larger non-profit as providing him good experience which should translate well in managing the city of Burligton.

Burlington Telecom – what are the long term goals and how will it be financed?
Burlington Telecom is financed by a $20 million bond and the hope is that the revenue will be enough to meet the payments. However, the city is not responsible for the bonds, but Burlington Telecom will be part of the city government. Burlington Telecom will provide cable, phone and internet services to Burlington residents.

What are your thoughts on Northern Lights on Cherry Street and the State Mental Hospital locating at Fletcher Allen?
Northern Lights is a proposed half-way house for released female offenders. Kiss stressed his support for the project as he believes it’s our duty to provide capacity for offenders to be reintroduced into society in order for them to be successful. However, both projects need to be well run and fully funded. Kiss is pleased that the Burlington Housing Authority is a partner in this… this speaks very well of Burlington. Kiss also stated that the U.S. in general is failing in corrections in that far too many released offenders return to prison within a year for repeat offenses. There needs to be more support for them after being released so they are successful and not likely to re-offend.

Your thoughts on the Moran Plant and the Waterfront?
Kiss appreciates how inclusive our waterfront is and wants to keep it inclusive. Kiss wants the opportunity for everyone to use the waterfront and he is very happy with the success so far.

Business plan for city?
Kiss wants to think fresh about Burlington and he will open up discussion with the Burlington businesses regarding his plan.

Syndicated from jeremyryan.org.


VFW vs. the State

VFWOn March 16th, it was reported that the VFW Post 7779 in Hyde Park went to battle against to state in regards to the smoking ban extension to private clubs. They held a meeting and voted to reinstate smoking at the club. Post Commander Bruce Martin stated that it wasn’t so much about the cigarettes as it was about sending a message that the state is butting in where it doesn’t belong.

“These people are sick of the state taking away our private rights.”, stated Martin.

I commend them for taking the initiative to push the limits of the law and I had hoped they would continue to stand against the state. Other VFWs have been rumored to begin allowing smoking again as well.

However, in the end, it appears that the state’s threats of $10,000/day fines were too much for them to risk. However, I would have like to see the state try to shut down a VFW for smoking. That would have been one of the best opportunities for overturning the law. I would imagine that a VFW would have had the best chance of getting public support against the state. I cannot imagine many people siding with the state against veterans on whether they should be able to smoke or not in their own club.

Syndicated from jeremyryan.org.


Movie Night: V for Vendetta

Quote from movie:
“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of the people.”

V for Vendetta

Last night, Hardy Machia, Bonnie Scott, Kevin Ryan, Jonathan Stauffer, Heavenly and I went out together to see the movie V for Vendetta, another great movie from the people who brought you The Matrix. Again, the Wachowski brothers have created a Libertarian-themed movie where a small group of people are fighting to reduce the power of an oppressive government and to open people’s eyes to it.

Brief Synopsis of film from LP.org:

“V for Vendetta is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore that is set in England in 2020. Great Britain is under the control of a fascist government who use fear and intimidation to control its citizens. The government controls the media and clamps down on free speech through its Ministry of Objectionable Materials.

A mysterious rebel known as V, who is dubbed a terrorist by the Hitler-esque Chancellor Sulter, plots to overthrow the government. V seeks to complete 17th century saboteur Guy Fawkes’s mission to blow up Parliament, as way to spark a rebellion.

Looking at early reviews, V for Vendetta has plenty of action and thrills to keep audiences entertained, and delivers a clear libertarian message, which can be summed up in its tagline – “People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of the people.”

More information:



Syndicated from jeremyryan.org.


New VTLP Blog


When you visit

http://www.vtlp.org, you will notice that they now have a blog. Just under Upcoming Events is the Recent News section. Here you will find something new just about every day. (If you know about RSS feeds, then you can watch our blog at http://www.vtlp.org/feeds/.



Annual VTLP Convention

Come celebrate with like minded Vermonters on April 29 at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier at the Vermont Libertarian Party state convention.


Vermont Libertarian Party Convention 2006

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

100 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Saturday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


SCOTT BERKEY AT 802-728-6211 OR [email protected]

Online Reservation Form




  • 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
  • 9:30 a.m. Chair’s Welcome, Recognition of VIP’s
  • 10:00 a.m. Introduction of Attending Vendors
  • 10:15 a.m. Nomination of Delegates to the National Convention
  • 10:30 a.m. Adoption of Campaign 2006 Platform
  • 12:00 p.m. Break




  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon (Reservations Required)
  • Ethan Allen travels through time to speak
  • 2:00 p.m. Guest Speakers (Tickets Required $10)
  • Rob Williams, Vermont Commons/Second Vermont Republic
  • Martin Harris, Citizens for Property Rights
  • James Dwinell, Dwinell Political Report
  • 3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Frank Bryan
  • 4:00 p.m. Social Hour


Lunch: Seating for lunch is by reservation only. Reservation may be placed with Scott Berkey by calling (802) 728-6211, emailing [email protected] or through our online reservation form (http://www.vtlp.org/main/vtlp-convention.asp). The price is $25 per person if paid in advance and $30 if paid on the day of the convention. The ticket for the speakers is included in the cost of lunch. A vegetarian option is available.

Directions: The Capitol Plaza is located at 100 State Street in Montpelier. Exit 8 off I-89, merge onto Memorial Drive. At second stop light take a left onto Bailey Avenue. At intersection take right onto State Street. Vermont State House is on your left, 1/2 block on the Right is Capitol Plaza Hotel. The phone number is (802) 223-5252.



Burlington Libertarians in Action… (upcoming events)


  • April 13, 2006
    Peter Christ :: Why Drug Prohibtion Doesn’t Work
    SSDP meeting’s at 6PM, UVM’s C/C Theater and
    NPA meeting’s at 8PM, McClure MultiGenerational Center
    Click here or go to the following url for more info on Peter Christ:







Libertarian Humor…



Quote of the Month…

“Each political program, supposedly for the benefit of the poor or some other deserving group, is really a political boondoggle – a subsidy for someone who is much too rich to need it.”

– Harry Browne


Letters to the editor/ submit an article

For information or to submit news, letters, or articles, contact us .


Burlington LP News is a publication of the Burlington Libertarian Party, 53 Avenue C, Burlington, VT 05401. All Rights Reserved. Copyright (C) 2006.

Jeremy Ryan Announces Run for Burlington City Council

Jeremy Ryan announced he is running for city council here in ward 7 of Burlington. He chose to run because he would like to help make some much needed changes to how the city government does business. He wants to help improve the quality of life for Burlington residents by pushing for lower taxes and affordable housing. By cutting excessive regulations and state control, he believes our city would be far better off. He will fight for taxpayer rights and local control over our finances and our schools. He is a strong believer in protecting your property rights and personal freedoms.

Jeremy Ryan supports the following:

– Lower taxes and voter control over city budget.

– Open and honest government.

– Local control over schools and government.

– Affordable housing by lowering taxes and regulations.

You can read more on his positions, his biography and blog by going to his campaign web site at: http://www.jeremyryan.org.


Jeremy Ryan, candidate
Jeremy Ryan for City Council
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802-865-0111
Fax: 309-406-3143

Burlington Libertarian Party Urges Burlington to Not Pursue Rent Control.

The stated purpose of the new rent control resolution proposed by councilors Fiermonte, P-Ward 3 and Ashe, P-Ward 3 is to help fix high rents. While the resolution was written with good intentions, the practice of rent control does not work. The problem is based on simple economics. The supply is less than the demand and you do not fix the supply by attacking it.

The resolution urges “a simple but effective method of regulating the annual increase in rents while allowing property owners to recover reasonable costs.” It would require advance notice to tenants of annual rent increases of more than 5 percent and give them the right of a quick appeal to an unspecified board. Landlords would be required to appear before the board to justify the increase.

Enacting the resolution being proposed almost assures a 5% per year increase in rent, not a reduction. Furthermore, rent control will cause reduced investment in existing and new rental housing. The end result will be still higher rents, even less affordable housing and lower quality housing.

What caused the high rents? Excessive regulation, the recent reappraisal, and excessive property taxes are to blame. The regulations make it too hard to build enough units of housing in Burlington. Regulations are the mandates that make the too few permitted units much more expensive, driving up rents. Also, if we are to avoid sprawl, the cities like Burlington have to loosen up regulations to make more honestly affordable units.

The 2002 Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Report quotes the Burlington Housing Authority staff saying that they wouldn’t own rental property in Burlington because the City makes it so hard for landlords.

The Burlington Libertarian Party urges the city council to reduce the regulation and property taxes in order to make rents more affordable. The city must understand that any attack on landlords is passed on to the tenants.


Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802-865-0111
Fax: 309-406-3143
[email protected]

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