June 7, 2015
Yesterday, June 6, 2015, the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) held its annual business meeting in New Port Richey, Florida. The convention will wrap up later today. Adrian Wyllie is the new Chairman of the state party and Lynn House is the new Vice-Chair. Wyllie ran for Florida Governor last year and was a prior chairman for the LPF. Wyllie is a 45-year-old small businessman from Safety Harbor, Florida and received over 223,000 votes in his run for Governor of Florida in 2014.
Activist Jo Ann Vaccarino summed up the mood of the convention perfectly, saying early this morning, “This event feels more like a family reunion than a convention. It’s so great seeing all my friends from around the state.” The convention included 99 delegates who could vote on party business and many others who were not qualified. There are approximately 18,000 registered Libertarians in Florida. The party has much larger membership numbers which continues to grow dramatically while the Democratic and Republican party numbers are falling.
The convention included national Libertarian Party heavy hitters such as Political Director Carla Howell and Executive Director Wes Benedict. It also included, as speakers, popularLibertarian figures such as Ben Swann, Adam Kokesh and Tony Stiles, Roger Stone, Jr.., among others. There were also a number of candidates seeking public office as Libertarians in the crowd. David Leavitt, Augustus Invictus, Matthew Schnackenberg, W. Stevens Edmonds, Jr. and Kenneth Willey.