Florida Libertarian Joseph Wendt netted 43% of vote on platform to abolish his office

The following was posted on lp.org:
posted by Staff on Apr 29, 2013
Joseph Wendt
Joseph Wendt,
LP Florida
2012 Candidate
for Soil & Water
Conservation Board


Joseph Wendt, 2012 candidate for Florida’s Soil and Water Conservation Board, netted the largest Libertarian Party vote total in his state, and one of the largest in the nation, running on a platform to defund and abolish the board he was campaigning to join.

“I am going to be blunt, the board is a waste of your tax dollars,” Wendt wrote on his campaign website. “It has a budget of about a quarter of a million dollars. What do they do with it? They fund a poster contest, and have 2 full-time employees that act like plumbers and doesn’t fix anything. Gee, call me crazy, but I think your tax dollars should and can be better spent. So, I want the County to stop funding the Board.”

He realized that it would take more than that to keep taxpayer funds safe, though, and made the next logical step a centerpiece of his campaign.

“We will need to abolish the Soil and Water Conservation Districts,” Wendt wrote. “This board has done nothing but waste valuable taxpayer dollars and has the potential to levy taxes for so-called ‘agricultural projects.’ It won’t be easy, since abolition requires either a majority of property owners to sign a petition or the signature of the Florida Secretary of Agriculture, then approval from the state legislature. This will be my long-term goal, a goal that we will reach with the help of the voters.”

Campaigning on big, bold Libertarian solutions like this can bring significant voter attention and support, as Wendt discovered when he received 166,126 votes on election day, 43 percent of the vote. He spread that message in person and through the invaluable assistance of local LP volunteers, but he primarily focused on his online presence.

“I put up yard signs wherever I could,” Wendt said, “But it was largely an Internet campaign.”

Wendt had considered running for state representative as a Republican in 2010, but as a long-time fan of the limited-government views of Ron Paul, he quickly grew disaffected with the establishment GOP. When members of the local Libertarian Party affiliate asked him to become involved, he jumped at the chance. He has since become treasurer of the Hillsborough County LP affiliate, and said that he may seek a position in state party leadership.

The near-win of his race and the outstanding vote total he received has Joseph Wendt excited to run again, aiming to win in 2014.

14 thoughts on “Florida Libertarian Joseph Wendt netted 43% of vote on platform to abolish his office

  1. Joe Wendt

    I can’t actually attend the convention due to work, so I know I probably won’t win. I am primarily running because I hate uncontested elections; I say uncontested because I view NOTA as a cop out and the coward’s way out of making a choice.

  2. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Joseph Wendt also served as President of the Objectivist Party of Florida from January 20, 2009 to February 28, 2009.

  3. John Macy

    @7 Thanks, that’s good to know. Was he one of your “executive assistants”?

  4. Not Bob

    The not Bob gang announces we too will run for Florida’s Soil and Water Conservation Board next election, blending LaRouchite ideology and space age couple rhetoric. Anybody hear see John Water’s “Cry Baby” in 1990? That about sums up this “Joseph Wendt” nut, if that is your real name. Fast n bulbous, please.

  5. William Saturn


    He also was a member of the Boston Tea Party, where he tried to nominate the neo-nazi Billy Roper for President.

    This provides some interesting insights into his political views and argumentation skills.

  6. Joe Wendt


    Ha ha, whoop-dee freaken do. If you had e-mailed me, I would have told you that I was playing a prank on your group. yes, shocker, I pranked a white supremacist and a dysfunctional internet group, oh I’m a horrible person. If I had known that whole Briscoe/Miles/self-implosion was going to happen, I honestly wouldn’t have bothered. Here’s the truth: I served as a Precinct Captain for Ron Paul and as an Elector for Alan Keyes in 2008 and was an active volunteer for Herman Cain in 2012. I actually think it’s funny you remembered that, good job.


    I ran on a platform of abolishing the Board, how does that make me a LaRouchie luney toon?

  7. Joe Wendt

    Also, I’m a huge Ted Cruz fan, the Senator not some other with the same name.

  8. Joe Wendt

    Well, by the time of August 2008, Ron Paul wasn’t going to be on the ballot, and being a Catholic and sympathetic to Mr. Keyes’ social views I volunteered and became one of his Florida Electors. That’s was purely out of theological basis, I’d rather help a candidate with a similar theological outlook than the major party idiots.

    As for Herman Cain, I liked him. He’s personable, funny, he was an example of the American dream come true, had alot of economic stances that leaned libertarian, and he just seemed like a good guy. I like Ron Paul, but damn Herman Cain seemed like a guy I can have a beer with, so I backed him.

    I pretty much back a candidate I like on a personal level, ideological level, or spiritual level (in that order). Likeability always wins out.

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