Michael Barnes is the chairman of the Frederick County Affiliate of The Libertarian Party. He is a native of Cumberland, but he has lived most of his life in Frederick County. He brags that he is a professional student, having attended Towson, Frostburg and Frederick Community College, as well as a numerous technical courses in computer science. He is a volunteer with the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County. He and his wife have a four-year-old son.