So far, two candidates have announced they are running for Governor of Florida in 2014 seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination:
Adrian Wyllie, current Libertarian Party of Florida chairman
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WyllieForGovernor?fref=ts
John Wayne Smith, perennial candidate and Boston Tea Party 2008 vice-presidential nominee in Florida
*Note: Joe Wendt is running for Lieutenant Governor as Smith’s running mate. Wendt is the treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Hillsborough County and was a 2008 precinct captain for Ron Paul and also presidential elector for independent candidate Alan Keyes in the general election.
In addition, political consultant and former “GOP hitman” Roger Stone is exploring a run. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Stone).
The following was published on theglobaldispatch.com on May 8th:
Libertarian Candidates Adrian Wyllie, John Wayne Smith Offer Sharp Contrast For Florida Governor
The May Libertarian Party of Hillsborough County (LPHC) Monthly Meetup offered a great look ahead to Libertarian candidates in Florida and the goals of certain candidatesalready running for office.
During the May 8 event, gubernatorial candidates John Wayne Smith and Adrian Wyllie headlined a list of candidates who spoke and met attendees at the event.
“I’m not a nice guy, but I’m fair,” Smith said as he called out improvements and concerns in the LP. “I’m really disappointed in last year and I think it’s been a disaster.”
Wyllie chose a different tone, discussing financialgoals, volunteers and petition updates. “We are on a path to victory,” he said as he asked for libertarians to “take a stand” and run for office.
Many of the speakers detailed their backgrounds and qualifications.
Here’s the full of list speakers at the event:
Governor: John Wayne Smith and Adrian Wyllie
Chairperson, LPF: Dana Moxley Cummings and Char-lez Braden
Vice Chairperson, LPF: Alex Snitker
Region Two Rep., LPF: Michael Malterer
Soil and Water Conversation Board: Joseph Wendt (also LPHC Treasurer)
Director at Large, Position Three, LPF: David Hester (also LPHC Chairman)
LPF Treasurer Danielle Alexandre and Orange County Chairperson and current Region Three Representative Vicki Kirkland were also in attendance.
May 8th post on the Wyllie for Governor Facebook page:
The Wyllie For Governor Team has hit a new milestone. We now have over 500 volunteer staffers out there getting petitions signed and spreading the word. We’re on track to hit our goal of at least one volunteer in each of Florida’s 6,000 precincts. Thank you to everyone who is out there working hard for liberty. Keep up the great work!
On May 12th, Wyllie released a 7 point economic plan on his campaign website:
I have a seven-point economic plan to restore and grow our economy.
In order to invigorate the state economy and create the right conditions for prosperity and job growth, we first have to identify the root causes of the economic problem, and then implement a comprehensive plan to fix it. Most of the problems we face originate from too much government intervention. Government spends far too much of our money. To feed their spending habit, government over-taxes us, which stifles free enterprise and individual prosperity. Government over-regulates us, placing barricades in the path of small business growth. Government plays favorites by providing subsidies or tax breaks to some businesses, giving them a competitive advantage over all others. And finally, government sometimes even turns a blind eye when large corporate interests flaunt the law and defraud the people.
First, we will dramatically cut the size of the state budget. Gov. Scott seeks to increase the state budget to $74.5 billion. That is absolutely ridiculous. My staff and I have been combing through the state budget searching for waste and inefficiency. No more pork projects for legislators and special interest groups. After an initial review, I believe that we can cut the state budget by over 30% without negatively impacting critical government services. The less money government spends, the more money the people get to keep, spend and invest.
Second, we will cut taxes. With a reduction in the state budget, we can allow Floridians to keep more of what they earn by reducing taxes. One of the first taxes that I plan to cut are “ad valorem” taxes, or taxes on tangible property. This takes many forms, from the property taxes you pay on your home, which are assessed and collected by your county government; to tangible taxes all businesses pay annually on their office equipment, machinery, tools, etc. Reducing the tangible tax burden on businesses will mean more capital available to them to expand their business and hire new workers. Capping, reducing, and eventually eliminating property tax will stimulate the real estate market, by making home purchases more affordable. We will eliminate special favors, tax breaks and subsidies to a select few business, preferring instead to cut taxes equally across the board.
Third, we will reduce unnecessary regulation. Across the state, I’ve spoken with many small business owners, as well as people who would like to start a small business. One of the most common reasons people tell me that they don’t expand or start their business is the difficulty in complying with government regulation, licensing, permitting, environmental impact, and the nightmare of bureaucracy one must deal with in order to comply. Small business owners are forced to follow with volumes of sometimes idiotic regulations from State agencies like the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Environmental Protection, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Revenue, Department of Economic Opportunity, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Corporations, etc., etc., etc. Many of these agencies are riddled with inefficiency, and sometimes even corruption. The barriers to entry for small business start-ups are difficult to overcome. This heavy-handed and unnecessary over-regulation costs Florida jobs.
Fourth, we will keep the federal government out of Florida’s economy. For decades, the federal government has exceeded its Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause to regulate business occurring within state boundaries. I intend to champion legislation to exempt any product that is grown, manufactured, fabricated, distributed, sold and consumed within the State of Florida from any federal regulation whatsoever. Therefore, federal regulations would have no jurisdiction over any business providing a good or service exclusively within the State of Florida. This would include everything from firearms to hemp to medical services. My “Florida Intrastate Commerce Act” will create an economic boon not seen in a generation. The job creation and economic growth resulting from the influx of new businesses in Florida will be envy of the nation, and would become the model for other states to adopt.
Fifth, we will protect Floridians from a potential dollar crisis. I propose that we begin transacting state business in gold and silver as required by Article 1, Section 10 of the United States Constitution and introduce competing currencies legislation as Utah has already done, and other states are considering. This will give the State of Florida the ability to protect the value of our holdings with sound money, and lay the groundwork for Floridians to conduct transactions in an alternative form of currency should the U.S. Dollar experience a decline in value.
Sixth, we will sell a portion of the state’s land holdings. Currently, the State of Florida owns 14% of all the land in Florida. That’s more land area than the entire state of New Jersey. The State continues to acquire more land every year. Only a fraction of that land is in the form of parks or recreation areas. The proceeds from the sale of state land could be used for a variety of purposes that would benefit all Floridians, or could simply be returned to the rightful owners — the people of Florida. We can do this without sacrificing a single acre of existing state park or recreation area land.
Seventh, we will prosecute fraud. There’s absolutely no doubt that fraud has been committed, and is still occurring, in the mortgage industry. Banks and lenders have defrauded investors through mortgage backed securities manipulation. They defrauded homeowners through “robo signing” and improper custody of promissory notes. In many cases, their fraudulent practices have been overlooked by Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, and all levels of government. In fact, government has seemingly gone out of their way to obfuscate and legitimize their illegal activities. The only way to prevent this from ever happening again is to prosecute those responsible, within the scope of state authority.
The following was posted on JWS campaign website April 17th:
John Wayne Demands Accountability in the LPF
“Dame these people make me sick.
I despise ignorant, stupid people who have no idea what they are doing and do not care.
3 months into the campaign and already Mr. Wyllie, his campaign treasurer and Lynn House have violated the law and are subject to fines and jail time because they do not know the law and do not care that there are rules when one is dealing with the state.
There is a total limit of campaign donations in the state of Florida of $500.00 for the whole campaign which in this case goes from Jan. 10 2013 to December 1 2014.
Ms. House has already donated $750.00 or maybe $1000.00 to the Wyllie campaign.
2 others have already reached the limit and several pushing the limit.
And then the LPF Treasurer has filed a waver for the party. 2 of them in a row. Do you mean to tell me that the LPF has not taken in any money in 5 months.
I hope that you people enjoy paying the fines and spending time in prison because I am going to put you there.”
— John Wayne Smith
Upcoming events, from the Wyllie for Governor website:
Come out and support Adrian Wyllie and the Seminole County Campaign for Liberty.
Adrian will be there to discuss his run for governor and support the local Campaign for Liberty group.
The date is 6 June (Thursday) and the time is 7:00 pm.
This meeting will take place at the Imperial Dynasty Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, which is located at 2045 West State Road 434 in Longwood.
Adrian will be participating in the Libertarian Party of Orange County Gubernatorial debate with John Wayne Smith.
The date is 19 June (Wednesday) and the time is 7:00 pm
This debate will be in the meeting room off the lobby at East Central Condos located at 530 East Central Blvd, the highrise at the SW corner of East Central and Eola Drive in downtown Orlando.