Bernie DeCastro previously ran for U.S. Senate in Florida as the candidate of the Constitution Party, but did not make much headway. Now, he has launched a campaign for Sheriff which is more localized.
DeCastro is a candidate with a compelling message.
Once sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for his role in a drug-related armed robbery, DeCastro was paroled in 1984 and pardoned by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1994.
Behind bars, DeCastro found Christianity and used his faith to launch a nonprofit work-release ministry.
DeCastro has said he intends to call attention to his reformation and the lawbreaker-turned-lawman theme in his campaign.
DeCastro is also appealing to the anti-Washington sentiments held by many local voters by emphasizing his party’s platform of strict adherence to the Constitution and his endorsement by Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff who is popular among limited-government advocates.
Unfortunately, it seems DeCastro has raised only a third of the signatures he needs to make the ballot and has raised just over $5000 in funds, which is not even 1/20th of the amount raised by the two leading Republican candidates.