2018 Banquet Speakers

Christina Sandefur

Christina Sandefur

Goldwater Institute

Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights.

Christina has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute's Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform that requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values. She is also a co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative, now law in over half of the states, which protects terminally ill patients' right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market.

Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America (2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, including Fox Business's Stossel, Dick Morris, and The Armstrong & Getty Show. Her litigation and policy work has been featured in National Review, The Washington Post, Human Events, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, among others. She has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Christina is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.

Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur

Goldwater Institute

Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation and holds the Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government. Besides litigating important cases for economic liberty, private property rights, and free speech in several states, he is also the author of several books, including Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (2018), Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (coauthored with Christina Sandefur, 2016), The Permission Society (2016), The Conscience of The Constitution (2014), and The Right to Earn A Living (2010), as well as dozens of scholarly articles on subjects ranging from Indian law to antitrust, slavery and the Civil War, and political issues in Shakespeare, ancient Greek drama, and Star Trek. He is an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, a graduate of Hillsdale College and Chapman University School of Law.

Randal O’Toole

Randal O’Toole

Cato Institute Senior Fellow

Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy and on-the-ground management. His analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced decisions in cities across the country. In his book The Best-Laid Plans, O’Toole calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation. O’Toole’s latest book is American Nightmare: How Government Undermines The Dream of Homeownership. O’Toole is the author of numerous Cato papers. He has also written for Regulation magazine as well as op-eds and articles for numerous other national journals and newspapers. O’Toole travels extensively and has spoken about free-market environmental issues in dozens of cities. An Oregon native, O’Toole was educated in forestry at Oregon State University and in economics at the University of Oregon.

Toby Nixon

Toby Nixon

Washington Coalition for Open Government

Toby Nixon is president of Washington Coalition for Open Government, the leading organization defending the right of Washington citizens to know what their state and local governments are doing. A member of the Kirkland City Councilsince 2012, he previously served as a fire commissioner, and in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2002 through 2006 where he was ranking member of the committee which has responsibility for overseeing Washington’s open government and election laws. He was the 2012 inductee to “Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame” by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006, he received the “Freedom’s Light Award” from Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in recognition of his work to protect and advance First Amendment interests in Washington. He’s a member of the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, and serves as an officer and board member of a number of local non-profit organizations. Toby has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years, currently in the Windows group at Microsoft where he manages relationships with other companies in the computer industry and represents Microsoft in technical standards development organizations such as Bluetooth SIG and USB-IF.

Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin is a Northwest Native. He grew up in Medford, Oregon and he worked various ranches and orchards in Southern Oregon. His first ranch job was on the Lake Creek Ranch in Southern Oregon working for the Late Glenn Jackson for whom the Interstate 205 Bridge between Portland and Vancouver is named. He also spent summers working the family Seldom Seen Ranch located north of Minam Oregon, and he spent most of his college years as a hand, and later foreman of the C-Bow Arrow Ranch near Coburg, Oregon.  

After he graduated with a Biology Degree from University of Oregon, He entered the U.S. Navy where he served in a variety of jobs including command for over 25 years. After he retired from the Navy in 2006, Steve worked a variety of consulting and engineering jobs around the nation. In 2016, he ran for the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands as the GOP candidate. He finished second and won 32 of 39 counties and land sliding 29 of those counties. Finishing second place in that race is enabling Steve to engage and advocate for the Ranching and Agricultural community on wolf re-introduction management and control, and other issues vital to the survival of this vital community.  

Steve is a longtime student of Western American history and he is deeply committed to preserving our ranching industry and our Western heritage in Washington and across the West.

Dave Tegeler

Dave Tegeler

Dave Tegeler is a Licensed Professional Engineer who has spent his career in the aerospace industry. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1967 and a Master of Science degree from U.W. in 1968. He spent the early part of his career with the Boeing Co. where he worked in various engineering positions and he holds a patent in wind tunnel technology from his work there. After Boeing Dave worked in aerospace leasing and has worked as a consultant to major firms including Boeing. His current projects include work with Citizens Opposed to On-site Sewer System Management Washington (C.O.O.M.WA.) where he is analyzing various test results for septic systems and miss information in the public media about the environmental impact of septic systems.

Glen Morgan

Glen Morgan

CAPR Executive Director

Glen Morgan is CAPR's new executive Director. Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director at the Freedom Foundation from 2011 until January 2015. He enjoys creating videos documenting Big Government's abuses of citizens – particularly on property rights issues. He is a frequent writer and speaker on property rights, the environmental movement, Big Government, and the importance of citizen activism.

After graduating from college with a BA in political science from Columbia College in New York City, he returned home and worked for small start­up companies and local manufacturing businesses. He currently lives on a small tree farm in Thurston County with his wife and their four children.

Rick Forschler

Rick served for six years as an elected Sewer Commissioner, and continues as the Technology Chair for theWashington State Water and Sewer Association- a position he has held for thirteen years. He has been a leader in CAPR since 2009 and is also on his second term on the SeaTac City Council.