Libertarian Party of Florida

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Libertarian Party of Florida
Chairperson Marcos Miralles
Founded 1987
Headquarters Bradenton, FL
Ideology

Libertarianism

National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors A dark shade of grey or blue; golden yellow
Seats in the Upper House
0 / 120
Seats in the Lower House
0 / 40
Website
lpf.org

The Libertarian Party of Florida, or LPF, is the state of Florida's official affiliate with the Libertarian National Committee. The organization was founded in 1987 and its Executive Committee was incorporated in 2012.

Voter Registration[edit]

Libertarian voter registration in the state of Florida has experienced significant growth.[1]

Year Registered Voters Voter gain/loss from previous year
1994 3,585
1996 5,509 Increase 1,924
1998 7,037 Increase 1,528
2000 9,462 Increase 2,425
2002 11,852 Increase 2,390
2004 13,806 Increase 1,954
2006 15,533 Increase 1,727
2007 14,860 Decrease 673
2008 16,883 Increase 2,023
2010 17,888 Increase 1,005
2012 19,892 Increase 2,004
2014 23,665 Increase 3,773
2016 25,030[2] 2 1,365
2017 31,449 Increase 6,469

Local chapters and affiliates[edit]

County affiliates:[3]

  • Alachua County
  • Bay County
  • Bradford County
  • Brevard County
  • Broward County
  • Citrus County
  • Collier County
  • Duval County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Indian River County
  • Lake County
  • Lee County
  • Leon County
  • Manatee County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Okaloosa County
  • Orange County
  • Osceola County
  • Palm Beach County
  • Pinellas County
  • Polk County
  • Sarasota County
  • Seminole County
  • St Johns County
  • Volusia County

Elections[edit]

2016 elections[edit]

In 2016, the Libertarians held their first statewide primary, for US Senate.[4] The race was between attorney Augustus Sol Invictus, who was controversial for his alt-right cultural views in addition to having sacrificed a goat and consumed its blood, to the point of then-chairman Adrian Wyllie resigning,[5] and veteran Paul Stanton, who won by a nearly 50% margin.

Libertarian Senate primary, 2016 results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Paul Stanton 2,945 73.48
Libertarian Augustus Sol Invictus 1,063 26.52
Total votes 4,008 100.00

2014 elections[edit]

In 2014, the Libertarian Party ran their first state executive ticket, with Adrian Wyllie for Governor, Greg Roe for Lieutenant Governor, and Bill Wohlsifer for Attorney General. The Wyllie/Roe ticket garnered 3.8% of the vote, a record for the Libertarians in Florida.[7] Wohlsifer got under that, with 2.9% of the vote.[8] The highest percentage that the Wyllie/Roe ticket got in a county was in Citrus County, where they received 7% of the vote.[9]

Down ballot, Lucas Overby got the second highest percentage a Libertarian has ever gotten in a house election, with 24.74% of the vote.[10] Many people at the time attributed it to the lack of a Democrat on the ballot.[11]

Statewide and Congressional Election Results[edit]

Year Office Candidate Popular votes Percentage
2000 11th Congressional District Charlie Westlake 27,197 15.4%[12]
2004 11th Congressional District Robert Johnson 31,579 14.1%[13]
2004 21st Congressional District Frank Gonzalez 54,736 27.2%[14]
2010 United States Senate Class 3 Alexander Snitker 24,850 0.46%[15]
2012 1st Congressional District Calen Fretts 11,176 3.3%[16]
2014 19th Congressional District Special Election Ray Netherwood 3,729 3.7%[17]
2014 13th Congressional District Special Election Lucas Overby 8,893 4.84%[18]
2014 Governor Adrian Wyllie 223,356 3.8%[19]
2014 Lieutenant Governor Greg Roe 223,356 3.8%[20]
2014 Attorney General Bill Wohlsifer 169,394 2.9%[21]
2014 13th Congressional District Lucas Overby 55,318 24.74%[22]
2014 19th Congressional District Ray Netherwood 6,671 2.7%[23]

2010–2012 elections[edit]

In 2010, the LPF had a statewide candidate on the ballot for the first time with Alexander Snitker for U.S. Senate.[24]

In the 2012 Election, Libertarian Party of Florida candidates included Calen Fretts[25] for Florida's 1st congressional district, Peter Richter,[26] Franklin Perez, and Jonathan Loesche[27] for Florida House of Representatives. The LPF also had several candidates for county and municipal races statewide.

In 2012 the Libertarian Party of Florida was sued by Franklin Perez, the 2012 Libertarian candidate for the Florida State House of Representatives (District 28), for not refunding a candidate filing fee that political parties receive after the LPF de-vetted him and removed him from the party's state website. The courts awarded Perez $620.[28][29]

Presidential Nominee Results[edit]

Since 1972, the Libertarian Party has run a candidate for President of the United States. The candidate who has received the highest vote total in Florida was Gary Johnson in 2016. In every election year after 1984 the Libertarian Party has gained ballot access in FL.

Year Nominee Votes
1976 Roger MacBride (write-in) 103 (0%)
1980 Ed Clark 30,524 (0.83%)
1984 David Bergland (write-in) 754 (0.02%)
1988 Ron Paul 19,796 (0.46%)
1992 Andre Marrou 15,079 (0.28%)
1996 Harry Browne 23,965 (0.45%)
2000 Harry Browne 16,415 (0.28%)
2004 Michael Badnarik 3,502 (0.16%)
2008 Bob Barr 17,220 (0.20%)
2012 Gary Johnson 44,726 (0.53%)
2016 Gary Johnson 207,043 (2.18%)

Elected Public Officials[edit]

Past and present public officials from the Libertarian Party of Florida include:

  • Randall Holcombe, Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, 2000-2006[30]
  • Scott McPherson, Mayor, New Port Richey, 2008-2011[31]
  • Thomas W. Glaser, Governor's Holocaust Education Commission, 2004-[32]
  • Jared Grifoni, City Council, Marco Island, 2016-[33]
  • Martin Sullivan, City Council, Frostproof, 2015-[34]
  • Crystal Turner, City Council, Hampton, 2014-[35]
  • Jamie Beckett, City Commission, Winter Haven Seat 4, 2009-2013[36]
  • Dennis Lipp, Town Council, Loxahatchee Groves Seat 5, 2009-2011[37]
  • Gary Gerstein, Community Council, Fischer Island Seat 161-B, 2014-[38]
  • Keon A. Grayson, Community Council, North Central Seat 83, 2016-[39]
  • Marialexandra Garcia, Supervisor Community Development District, Islands at Doral III Seat 4, 2016-[40]
  • Marco Alvarez, Jr., Supervisor Community Development District, Century Gardens Village Seat 1, 2016-[41]
  • Kenneth Mertz, Port Authority Board, Fernandina Beach, 2002-2010[42]
  • Janet Hawkins, Port Authority Board, Seminole County, 1997-2002[43][44][45]
  • Bob Rettie, Zoning Board Vice Chair, Fort Walton Beach, 2002-2006[46]
  • Steven A. Reid, Board of Adjustment Chairman, Gainesville, 2004-2010[47]
  • Michael Ferber, Board of Adjustment, Fort Lauderdale, 2002-2010[48]
  • Mark Clifford, Parks and Recreation Board, Seminole County, 2002-2004[49]
  • Matthew Bymaster, Soil and Water Board, Palm Beach County Soil and Water Group 2, 2016-[50]
  • Bruce Reichert, Soil and Water Board, Collier County Soil and Water Seat 1, 2015-[51]
  • Marc Tancer, Supervisor Soil and Water Board, Palm Beach Seat 1, 2015-[52]
  • Larry Frego, Soil and Water Conservation District, St. Johns County Group 2, 2010-2014[53]
  • Greg Gimbert, Soil and Water Board, Volusia County District 2, 2014-[54]
  • Ron Skrutski, Soil and Water Board, Lee County Seat 2, 2010-2014[55]
  • J. Adam Mitchell, Soil and Water Board, Collier County Seat 4, 2008-2012[56]
  • Adam Mitchell, Soil and Water Board, Collier County Seat 4, 2008-2012[57]
  • Howard Horowitz, Soil and Water Board, Palm Beach County Seat 4, 2008-2012[58]
  • Jeff Hunt, Soil and Water Board, Duval County Seat 2, 2008-2012[59]
  • Jack Tanner, Soil and Water Board, Lee County Seat 4, 2008-2012[60]
  • Kim Hawk, Soil and Water Board, Lee County Seat 5, 2006-2010[61]
  • Tom Clark, Soil and Water Board, Lee County Seat 3, 2006-2010[62]
  • Bob Waterhouse, Soil and Water Board, Charlotte County, 2006-2014[63]
  • Frank Longo, Soil and Water Conservation Board Vice Chair, Palm Beach County Group 2, 2002-2008[64]
  • Phil Blumel, Soil and Water Board, Palm Beach County Seat 4, 2002-2008[65]
  • Michael Barr, Soil and Water Conservation District Chairman, Seminole County, 2002-2006[66][67]
  • Brad Cline, Soil and Water Board Secretary, Palm Beach County Seat 4, 2002-2008[68]
  • Leslee Berryman, Soil and Water Conservation District Secretary, Seminole County, 2002-2006[69][70]
  • Dean Concannon, Soil and Water Conservation District, Seminole County, 2002-2006[71][72]
  • Carol Morris, Fire District Board, Fort Myers Seat 3, 2014-[73]
  • Jim Culberson, Taxing District, Sebastian Inlet Area 5, 2004-2014[74]
  • Richard D. Paul, Mosquito Control District, Lee County Area 4, 2014-[75]
  • Tracy Lundquist, Hospital Authority, West Volusia County Group A Seat 1, 2008-2012[76]

State Conventions[edit]

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2018[edit]

The Libertarian Party of Florida's 2018 state convention was held in Fort Walton Beach, FL, February 24–26.

2017[edit]

The LPF's 2017 convention was held May 5–7 in Cocoa Beach at the International Palms Resort.[77] The offices of Chair, Vice Chair, Director at Large seats 1 and 3 were up for election. Marcos Miralles of Miami-Dade County defeated Char-Lez Braden (Incumbent) in the Chair's race. Omar Recuero (Incumbent) of Broward County, defeated Past Chair (2013-2015) Dana Moxley-Cummings of Pasco County for the Vice Chair seat. Director-at-Large seat 1 was contested between Alison Foxall (Incumbent) of Sarasota County, Thomas Knapp of Alachua County, and Steven Nekhaila of Monroe County. Alison Foxall defeated both. Director-at-Large seat 3 was contested by newcomer Greg Peele Jr. of Orange County, and Chair of Collier County Libertarian Party, Rob Tolp. Mr. Tolp was defeated by Greg Peele Jr. by a large margin.

2016[edit]

The 2016 state convention was held in West Palm Beach in April. During convention, state delegates voted in James Morris as Treasurer, Suzanne Gilmore as Secretary, and Russ Wood as Director at Large (2) to their respective offices. State delegates also voted on individuals to send as delegates and alternate delegates to the Libertarian National Convention the following month in Orlando.

2015[edit]

In 2015, the LPF convention was held in New Port Richey.

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