FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
Councilwoman, Coconut Grove Village Council
MIAMI – A legacy of social activism and community involvement led Coconut Grove Village Councilwoman Courtney Omega to join the growing ranks of Florida’s elected Libertarian Party officials this week.
Omega says she changed her party from Republican because she found a community of support and inclusion, rather than being taken for granted.
“When I ran for this position that I serve in now I met a few of the Libertarian Party members,” says Omega. “It was just a breath of fresh air. It didn’t seem like they did politics the same way I was used to doing politics. I appreciated how I was encouraged but I wasn’t beaten down. I appreciated how I was part of the conversation not just an expectation.”
Omega was elected to the Coconut Grove Village Council last November. She is founder and executive director of Golden and Golden Gates Foundation which conducts youth programs and professional seminars. Omega, 40 works as an insurance agent and journalist. She also prepares faith-based cultural arts curriculum for local youth. Omega has two children, Neyanni Turner, 11 and Keonne Turner, 9.
A POLITICAL LEGACY
Omega knows political activism: it’s in the family blood. Omega’s grandmother was the esteemed Yvonne Scarlett-Golden, Daytona Beach’s first African American mayor. Scarlett-Golden, a Bethune-Cookman honors graduate, was a four-term city commissioner and two-term mayor before her death in 2005 at age 80.
Omega says her parents and many of her aunts and uncles were all active in private and public social services, so civic and social involvement was both the family’s vocation and avocation.
“So, we were not the typical family at that time, and surely not now. Our conversations at dinnertime were not ‘What did you do at school today?’ they were ‘What type of protest did you take part?’,” she says with an easy laugh.
After graduating from Mainland High School (two years behind NBA star Vince Carter she proudly notes,) Omega attended Florida A&M and Florida State Universities before leaving the state to pursue a career in community organizations, including the National School and Community Corps in Philadelphia where she was an English tutor and dance choreographer. She returned to Florida in 2012.
A POLITICAL JOURNEY
It is perhaps not a surprise that she spent most of her political life as a registered Democrat. Yet Omega says she changed to Republican about two years ago while she focused on her growing business. But when she decided to run for Coconut Grove Village Council, she found her adopted party’s political support was not there.
“During the campaign process I just got no support from the GOP, and I thought that was very weird because here I was, a young African American, a woman, so I thought hey, there should be some more interest or buy in there,” she says.
Omega adds she also felt no encouragement when she was a Democrat. “During the time I was a Democrat, I did nothing but vote. I was never approached to run. It was just ‘Hey, your vote is appreciated but not necessarily your inclusion; but your vote is definitely important! ‘ “
Omega discovered Libertarians were different. While campaigning, Omega says she met Libertarian Party Chairman Marcos Miralles and other local members and immediately found them welcoming.
“They would absolutely reach across those lines and say ‘Hey, Courtney has some good ideas and we plan on sharing them once she is on the Board.’ I came to understand this would be more ‘So, like I am included in the conversation and not necessarily just being propped up and being told what to say.’ I always appreciated the confidence they extended towards me throughout the campaigning process. It really made, because this was my first political run, it really made that run a whole lot more affable.’ “
A PATH TO THE FUTURE
Omega says the Libertarian Party has much to offer to the growing number in the African American community who feel disenfranchised from their historic Democratic affiliation.
“For so long, we’ve been told to kind of be a part,” Omega says. “The key word is being told. But to actually have the confidence and have the influence and have the encouragement to actually be a part of that, to actually become an elected official, is very rare particularly in the Democratic Party. You’re good enough to be a prop at holding up a sign, but as far as being part of it, it’s different.”
“You know, there’s an African proverb: ‘They have no word for try. You either do or you don’t. That’s where the encouragement comes from; that’s where the confidence is built. When you can say to someone ‘You know what? I think you can do this, you deserve a seat at this table. How many African Americans, 20, 30 years old, would say ‘Wow, do you really think so?’ It creates a totally different conversation as opposed to ‘Hey are you registered to vote?’ ”
By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
Contact: Marc Golob,
Chairman, Fundraising Committee
MIAMI – The Libertarian Party of Florida is pleased to host a Dinner with Gov. Bill Weld this month to raise proceeds for the state party.
“Governor Weld’s involvement in the party is an inspiration,” said Marcos Miralles, LPF Chairman. “The Libertarian Party is now the home of current elected officials, former elected officials, and community members who wish to create an environment for all to thrive.”
Miralles said Gov. Weld gladly accepted the invitation to assist the state party after the two met at the recent Libertarian Party National Convention in New Orleans.
Weld was Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997. In 2016, he was Gov. Gary Johnson’s running mate in what became the most successful LP presidential showing in the party’s history. The Johnson / Weld ticket garnered more than three percent of the popular vote.
Weld is said to be considering a 2020 presidential run, although no formal announcements have been made. June 20, George Will wrote in The Washington Post Weld brings together “what a broad swath of Americans say they favor: limited government, fiscal responsibility, free trade, the rule of law, entitlement realism and other artifacts from the Republican wreckage.”
The dinner will be held Aug. 29 at Texas de Brazil, 300 Alton Rd Ste. 200, Miami Beach. Until Aug. 20, reservations are $200. After, $250.
By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer
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Libertarians on the Ballot
In partisan races, Libertarian candidates are represented by the acronym LPF (Libertarian Party of Florida).
Gary Johnson & Bill Weld
State House District 90
US House of Representatives District 2
State House District 18
The Libertarian Party of Florida recommends a vote NO on Amendment One. Amendment One adds to the Florida state constitution the right to own or lease solar energy equipment for personal use. You already have this right; it does not need to be added to the constitution. The amendment also allows state or local governments from subsidizing its production by citizens who do not produce solar energy. The amendment would essentially allow the rejection of Net Metering, the process where homeowners are compensated for the excess solar they are forced to give to the public utility.
The Libertarian Party of Florida recommends a vote YES on Amendment Two. Amendment Two legalizes medical marijuana for individuals with specific debilitating diseases or conditions as determined by a licensed state physician.
The Libertarian Party of Florida takes no position on Amendment 3. Amendment Three provides property tax exemptions to first responders who have been permanently disabled in the line of duty.
The Libertarian Party of Florida takes no position on Amendment 5. Amendment Five supports property tax exemptions to eligible senior citizens. The amendment would allow home values to remain fixed after application for the exemption, even if the value later exceeds the designated threshold.
A special Thank You to the members and affiliates of the Libertarian Party of Florida
By Vice Chair Omar Recuero
On Wednesday, August 17th, Libertarian Presidential nominee, Gov Gary Johnson held a campaign rally/forum in Miami at Florida International University. This event went off perfectly and even 3 days later proves to be a tremendous success. I was not only in attendance for this historic event, I was a part of an amazing team of people who made this event possible.
I writing this to recognize that this event would not have taken place without the help of these individuals. Alot went on behind the scenes to make the event possible. A big part of it included generous donations and securing FIU, however we needed volunteers. Some of the things needed including coordination(VIP, general public, security), clean up, take donations, signing people up for the campaign and various other duties. So because of how much we love and cherish individual liberty and freedom. And because of how much we support Gary Johnson and all of the great things that has accomplished and will accomplish. We were called upon and without hesitation came together to help put this event together in a short amount of time. Not to mention the various distances that people had to travel from around the state to volunteer.
The volunteer staff:
Region 8 Representative Stacey Selleck
Region 10 Representative Darlene Underwood
Region 13 Representative Karl Dickey
Region 14 Representative Steven Nekhaila
The Chairman – Char Lez Braden
The LPF Secretary – Suzanne Gilmore
At Large Director 1 – Alison Foxall
At Large Director 2 – Russ Wood
Rules Committee Chair – Tony Sellers
LP Palm Beach – Shane and Susan George
LP Broward – Mike Higgs
LP Miami Dade – Shoutout to Marialexandra (Communications), Marcos(Vice Chair), Josh Curtis(Secretary), Keon Grayson and Pierre(Executive Director)
LP Lee – JoAnn and Co.
LP Pinellas – Jess Mears
LP Hillsborough – Susan Stanley
Various LPF members and supporters including but not limited to Philippe Neptune, Robert Fernandez, Macy John, LuisaMercedes Garcia and Heather Preysz and her daughters.
Overall 11 members of the LPF Executive Committee were also present. The highlight of the night being region 9 Representative George Lebovitz giving two cigars to the Governors to smoke when we get into the debates and smoke both of the other “candidates”.
What an event! What a night! What team of people we have in the LPF! Thank You all so much to everyone and anyone I forgot to mention. Thank You to the state campaign team for letting me help out. If you are reading this and you were not able to come, but you shared, tweeted, instagram, etc the event, Thank You too. I am so glad to be a part of this family and I believe we can accomplish anything when we work together.
Nominations are being accepted for LPF Vice Chair and Director-at-Large 3 to complete vacated terms ending at the conclusion of the 2017 LPF Annual Business Meeting. If you are interested in filling the position, or know someone who would be a good choice for the position, please fill out this online form here: https://docs.lpf.org/office-vacancies/
Nominations will close Tuesday, July 5 at 7:30 pm edt to allow time to validate all nominated people as eligible to hold the office. Any nominations received after that time will not be considered. Only nominations emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org using the online form will be considered. Please make certain that your nominee is willing to take the position before you submit a nomination. In order to qualify, nominees shall be current LPF members and currently registered LPF voters.
Nominees who are determined to be qualified for the stated position, and who email completed nominations timely to the chair, may address the LPF Executive Committee for up to 2 minutes during a conference call on July 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm edt. The conference call may be accessed at 641-715-3580, access code 624-387#.
Duties of the Vice-Chair: Shall serve as presiding officer in the absence of the Chair; shall be responsible for the committee work of the LPF; shall represent the committees at executive sessions; and shall serve as ex officio member of all committees. There is no language in the by-laws describing the duties of the At-Large Directors.
We’re excited to announce that the 2016 LPF State Convention planning is well underway! See date and location details below:
Date: April 8th-10th
Location: Holiday Inn Palm Beach – Airport Conference Center
Address: 1301 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 (map this)
Delegate registration and meal packages/tickets will be available before the end of the month. We will send an email to membership as soon as this is ready and post the convention website URL as well.
Sponsorships and booths/tables are available now! Please email email@example.com for details.