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MEET OUR STATE CHAIRMAN

Cole Ebel

Cole Ebel is the Vice-Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee. He was elected to the serve in the March 2017 State Convention. Cole realized his political ideology with the Libertarian Party due to the 2013 government shutdown when he saw politicians using military service members as political pawns to push forward their own agenda’s. He resolved to fight the duopoly and its deliberate incursions on both constitutional and human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Cole is from Tennessee and at the age of 17 joined the United States Army as a journalist. He witnessed many major political shifts while served eight years and a tour in Iraq. After he was honorably discharged in 2010, he pursued several ventures in photography, journalism, farming, brewing and pharmaceuticals.

Cole worked tirelessly with dozens of other Libertarians across the State of Tennessee to enact common goals of bringing a louder voice of Liberty to the State government. He has focused on advancing a voluntary team effort towards gaining ballot access and growing the ideas of freedom from the local level up. Cole is currently working with the other State Officers and Regional Chairs towards enacting Libertarian Principles inside the Libertarian Party, gaining ballot access in the state and growing the party by leaps and bounds.

Cole resides in Carthage, Tennessee with his wife Erika and his three children. He currently owns a tavern, dedicated to spreading the ideals of Liberty throughout his local community.


 


MEET OUR STATE VICE CHAIRMAN

David Sexton

David lives in Memphis and has spent the majority of his life in the greater Memphis area. He was a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard and is an Iraqi war veteran (OIF/OND). He is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations at the 164th AW Fire Department in Memphis.

David has been a Libertarian since 2002, but has only been active in the state party since 2015. He has vowed to step up in whatever capacity is needed to ensure state and national party growth, and is determined to help the other officers create recognized party validity within the State of Tennessee. In his free time, he is a reader and a musician.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.

MEET OUR STATE SECRETARY

Kenna Porter

Kenna was born and raised in Wilson County, Tennessee.  Nearly her whole life, Kenna has been interested in politics but felt like a political orphan, especially during the 2016 presidential election.  After seeing an interview with Gary Johnson, she began posting more on facebook about libertarianism which caught the eye of local leaders in the Libertarian Party.  She, then, became involved with the party and quickly rose into a local leadership position by 2017. 

Kenna feels outreach is a high priority and hopes to create organization that will facilitate and encourage such within the state.

 

MEET OUR STATE TREASURER

Elaine Gast

 

Elaine Gast grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and currently resides in Dickson County, Tennessee. She studied Political Science at Ball State University and has been a libertarian since 2009. After moving to Dickson County in the spring of 2017 she started the first libertarian county affiliate in Dickson before being elected 4 months later as River Region Coordinator and subsequently elected Treasurer in the Spring of 2018. 
 
Elaine is passionate about helping candidates in the Libertarian Party and is the Chair of the Campaign and Candidate Vetting Committee. She firmly believes that the Libertarian Party is the perfect vehicle for spreading the ideas of personal responsibility and voluntary cooperation between individuals and businesses. She is a small business owner and travels all over the country.