(Indianapolis) “It’s been a team effort,” noted Libertarian Party Vice Chair Beth Duensing in remarks following her being awarded the Party’s top volunteer honor, the Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty Award.
“There have been a lot of people involved in our region’s growth over the last several years,” Duensing explained. “Our leadership in Porter County and our volunteers through the district make this fun. When you surround yourself with good people, it doesn’t feel much like work.”
Duensing was recognized for her contributions to the Party over several years. Although currently serving as LPIN Vice Chair, Duensing also sits as the incumbent Lake County Chair and serves as an at-large member on the Libertarian National Party’s Credentials Committee. Over the past two years, Duensing has raised thousands of dollars for the party through holding special events, has recruited candidates for local, state and federal office and has worked on the organizing teams of back-to-back LPIN state conventions. She and her husband, Ray, also host a regular non-partisan group in Lake County focused on issues-related outreach, drawing up to 70 people per event.
“It was a tough competition given all of the volunteer contributions we see around the state,” noted LPIN Chair Dan Drexler. “No one has outworked Beth over this time. The recognition is quite deserving. We are much further ahead as a party due to Beth’s efforts.”
Convention delegates recognized the contributions of other volunteers with the following awards:
- Susan Bell Officeholder of the Year Award: Brad Klopfenstein
- Dr. Ken Bisson Outreach Award: Andy Horning
- Steve Dasbach Chairman’s Award for Extraordinary Service: Michael Schultheiss, Beth Duensing, Greg Kelver
About the LPIN: The Libertarian Party is Indiana’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. Its vision is for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property by building a political party that elects libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction.