Bernie DeCastro Runs for Sheriff in Florida as Constitution Party Candidate

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.

8 thoughts on “Bernie DeCastro Runs for Sheriff in Florida as Constitution Party Candidate

  1. Richard Winger

    He is not required to have any signatures. If he pays the filing fee, he is on the ballot. The story doesn’t seem to say which county he is running in, but maybe I just didn’t read it carefully enough. If it is a small population county he doesn’t need a fortune to get out his message.

  2. Trent Hill Post author

    Ocala county? Is that a county? haha, I didn’t see it either, Richard, but I think that’s the place.

    The story said he needed either signatures or a filing fee. I’m guessing he’d rather get sigs.

  3. C James Madison

    The key to a successful 3rd party movement is for the party to run candidates at the top and at the local level. The Reform Party was mostly Perot with not much foundation. The Constitution Party must run candidates at the local level to build up that foundation and it is good that DeCastro is doing this…

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