According to Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) Region 6 Representative Vicki Kirkland, former Florida gubernatorial candidate and LPF Vice-Chairman John Wayne Smith has died. He was 69.
In an e-mail to the LNC, Kirkland reports:
John had been dealing with cancer for several years and went into the hospital in August for an operation. He went back into the hospital November 24th, was discharged last Saturday, and went into Hospice care. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
According to his gubernatorial campaign website, Smith created the LPF in 1986 after the original affiliate imploded in 1984. He then served as vice-chairman.
Smith ran for public office multiple times, most notably for Florida governor in 2006, when he received 15,987 votes in the general election. In 2008, Smith was the ballot-listed vice presidential nominee of the Boston Tea Party in Florida. He briefly ran for that party’s 2012 presidential nomination, but lost to Jim Duensing before the party collapsed that same year. Recently, Smith unsuccessfully vied for the LPF’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination.