FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 27, 2020

Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
|chair@lpf.org

 

Orlando – Brisk winds were no match for the flames of freedom at the Libertarian Party of Florida’s Annual Convention and Business Meeting last weekend.

Nearly 100 LPF Members, including 74 voting delegates attended the two-day event featuring debates among nine LP candidates for President and Libertarian National Committee Chair, along with breakout sessions and LPF Officer Elections. Fifty-four LPF Delegates were chosen to represent Florida at the LP Presidential Nominating Convention in Austin this May.

“I was pleased with the energy and enthusiasm from members, what struck me this particular convention was the lack of intra-party schisms,” said party chairman Steven Nekhaila. “We united as the Underdogs and clearly are set out to shake up the political landscape. Our Party continues to grow more professional from the bottom to the top, and our mission is clear: become the centrifugal force of Liberty in Florida by effecting policy, getting Libertarians elected, and spreading the philosophy. The Libertarian Party’s core mission is to reduce the size, influence, and expenditures of all levels of government. Our ability to do so has never been better.”

The two-day event kicked off Friday night with the biting humour of C. Michael Pickens, Rob Wentz and Seminole County’s own Shaun Kunz.

But with no doubt, the highlight of the weekend was Saturday night’s LP Presidential Debate. A packed house had the opportunity to gain insight into nine of our LP presidential candidate’s stances. Coupled with light moments, the live stream has been viewed by more than 4,200 people.

“Winning the “toy soldier” ballot afterwards was Jacob Hornberger of Texas collecting more than 25% of the vote. A close second was John Monds of Georgia.

Hornberger, a lawyer from Texas, is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, a non-profit libertarian educational foundation. An author or co-editor and contributor of 17 books, his newest book is “My Passion for Liberty.”

Sunday’s morning’s debate among three candidates for LNC Chair: Mike Shipley, Joe Bishop-Henchman, and Joshua Smith. Smith, of California, was the attendees favorite.

The weekend was filled popular breakout sessions and guest speakers, including Saturday’s Liberty in Action presentation by Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe, Altamonte Springs Commissioner Jim Turney and Seminole County Commission candidate Andre Klass. Each spoke to the importance of Libertarian messaging whether serving in office or on the campaign trail.

“Libertarian candidates can have a message that resonates with voters so our challenge is to reach the voters with our message,” said Turney. “Canvassing precincts and meeting voters face-to-face is our path to success.”

Wes Benedict, former executive director of the Libertarian National Committee, presented a motivational if not challenging history of LP candidates elected over the years. It demonstrated Libertarians in non-party races get elected. The notes were in line with Nekhaila’s Vision 2020 which seeks to retain at least 10 elected LPF Members in office.

“Our work is cut out for us this year,” said Nekhaila,  “we have a lot on our plate to take advantage of the opportunities the Republicans and Democrats keep giving us, with further encroachments on our freedom and more and more disenfranchised voters looking for a political home and a third, principled option, the Libertarians stand proud. We are looking for volunteers to step up and help take us to the gold medal. We are seeking principled candidates to run in winnable elections to move forward Libertarian policy. And we are in need of enthusiastic Party members who can help form or grow a local affiliate to be the local beacon of Liberty in their counties. Please reach out to us if all of this appealing. If you do not have time to participate, your donations allow us to do all of the above and more, a monthly donation is the wind that keeps our sails consistently moving forward. As the only growing political party in the United States, we are the best investment you can make politically.”

Saturday and Sunday, Delegates elected their LPF team of officers for 2020. They are:

Chair: Steven Nekhaila (Current)

Vice-Chair: J Mark Barfield

Secretary: Ed Appler

Treasurer: John Olivadoti

Director At-Large 1: Suzanne Gilmore (Current)

Director At-Large 2: Davie Parrish

Director At-Large 3: Nivine Zakhari

Region 1: Spenser Garber

Region 4: Jordan Bosserman, Alternate 1: Joe Moraca

Region 5: Michael Cassidy, alt. David Salisbury

Region 7: Tegan Joseph, Alternate 1: Jonathan Loesche, Alternate : Jon-Luc Tesky

Region 8: Bryan Zemina, Alternate 1: Jon-Luc Tesky

Region 9: Donna Olivadoti, Alternate 1: Warren Clark

Region 11: John Thompson

Region 13: Lee Korotzer, Alternate 1: Omar Recuero, Alternate 2: Marc Tancer

Region 14: Josh Curtis, Alternate 1: Dennis Misigoy, Alternate 2: Mike Kane

Rules Committee: Tony Sellers (Chair), Philippe Cadorette and Chris Rose

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2020

Contact: Kyle Green,
Candidate, Columbia County District 1
kylegreenforcommissioner@gmail.com

Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

Kyle Green, Candidate for Columbia County District 1

 

Lake City, Fla. – When LPF Colombia County Commission Candidate Kyle Green arrived at the start of Lake City’s Martin Luther King Day Parade Monday morning, the last thing he expected was being accosted by his opponent’s wife. But that’s what he found.

“I wanted to be in the parade to show my civic pride,“ said Green, a Lake City salesman. “So many politicians show up to these events only to get votes. I wanted the public to know I care their community and Dr. King’s message.”

Green said soon after moving into position in his truck bearing his Vote Kyle Green for County Commissioner for District 1 “Breaking Barriers, Building Futures” sign, a man approached him questioning the sign. In a video of the confrontation, Green responds “It says ‘for county commissioner,’ it means I’m running for county commission.” “Oh,” the man said and walked away.

But after the man conferred with several people nearby, they began raising their voices. When Green asked about their concern, one woman is heard to say “It is a big issue because you’re not county commissioner of District 1.” The woman was Gwen Williams, wife of Green’s incumbent opponent Ron Williams. “I don’t give a damn if it says ‘to county commissioner, it is misleading.”

It is Mrs. Williams who sought to mislead. Florida Statute 106.143 clearly states that a non-incumbent, non-partisan candidate must use the word “for” and may not use the word “re-elect:”

Additionally, such advertisement must include the word “for” between the candidate’s name and the office for which the candidate is running, in order that incumbency is not implied.

Green said when he’d applied for the parade permit, he made it clear he was appearing as a candidate. His application was approved. Although Ron Williams later told the Lake City Reporter political advertising was not allowed in the parade, Green said he was never informed of that when his application was approved.

Green said it was obvious Mrs Reynolds wished to politicize an apolitical event. “It was clear she was unhappy to see an opponent.

Green says yesterday’s confrontation illustrates how out of touch local commissioners are with the public. Each commission district has a budget carry-over which is often used to curry favor with voters – and not respond to public need.  Williams supports increasing restrictions against firearm ownership and even gun seizures. “I’ve a had a lot of folks come up to me who said they used to support him, but now they support me because of that.”

Green is one of the leaders in Columbia County, along with Libertarian Party of Florida At-Large Director Davie Parish, seeking Columbia County to be declared an “A-2 Sanctuary” county to protect rightful gun ownership. Other campaign planks include cannabis decriminalization and local business development.

Green can be reached on Facebook @Kyle Green for Columbia County Commissioner, District 1 or the web at www.forcolumbiacounty.com. Green’s Facebook page includes Monday’s entire confrontation.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2019
Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

KEY WEST, Fla. – Libertarian Party of Florida Chairman Steven Nekhaila said today how pleased he is at this year’s committee chair lineup.

“I am very excited to announce our lineup of Committee Chairs for the 2019 term, Nekhaila said today. “This team was handpicked based on professionalism, experience, and a results-oriented attitude. The Party’s leadership has never been stronger.”

The 2019 LPF Committees

Gilmore

Affiliate Support
Mission: To advise, assist, and document county affiliates, streamline and clarify rules for county affiliates, and create policies to streamline re-affiliation.

Suzanne Gilmore: Suzanne, an LP activist since the 1990s, served as LPF Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and now serves as Director At-Large 1 and member of the Audit and Membership Committees. A founder of the Miami-Dade LPF affiliate, Suzanne served as its original Treasurer. She has represented two South Florida regions. After a career spanning 33 years with the Miami-Dade Fire Department, Suzanne retired and turned her considerable skills and energy to the LPF.

 

Barfield

 

Audit
Mission: The committee shall work to ensure the proper reporting of LPF contributions and expenditures, to provide oversight to the LPF Treasurer position, and to provide overall accounting and budgeting support to the LPF and LPF committees.

J. Mark Barfield: “JMark” first registered as an LPF voter more than a dozen years ago before becoming a Libertarian activist in 2017 serving on the Legislative Review Committee, Chair of a county affiliate and Region 7 Representative. JMark was elected Director At-Large 3 this year and also serves on the Communications and Fundraising Committees. As Audit Committee Chair, the native Floridian brings to the table decades of experience in business and personal finance, and corporate process management.

 

Turney

Candidates
Mission: To create a network across the state of Florida and every local affiliate party to communicate with candidates and prospective candidates.

Jim Turney: Jim is a true elder statesman of the Libertarian Party, serving two terms as National Chair after founding the Libertarian Party of Virginia in 1978. A sitting City of Altamonte Springs Commissioner, Jim first ran for public office in 1980 in Virginia’s Third Congressional District following years as a Libertarian activist as volunteer on numerous campaigns. Jim is seeking re-election in addition to his LPF service.

 

 

Communications
Mission: To promote the state party to grow membership, candidates, activism and promote Libertarian issues using our website, social media, email as well as traditional grass roots mediums.

J. Mark Barfield: “JMark” from his newspaper, magazine and LPF bylines, has written dozens of press releases, letters and statements as LPF Staff Writer. JMark also offers writing and editing services to affiliates and candidates. As Communications Chair, JMark works with several Committees to assure information systems fulfill messaging needs within LPF budget while overseeing a busy news, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram writing team.

 

Olivadoti

Convention
Mission: To plan and host a successful annual convention and business meeting for the Libertarian Party of Florida.

John Olivadoti: John became an activist after college and joined the Libertarian Party of Florida in 2017. In the following year, John ran for a seat on the Brevard Soil and Water Conversation District and staged state park cleanups. John brings to the Convention table years of managerial experience brings the perfect skillset to serve the LPF. John said with careful planning, budgeting and team collaboration will make Convention 2020 a huge success for the LPF.

 

Golob

Fundraising
Mission: Charged with planning and implementing creative, cost-effective fundraising methods, and informational materials and merchandise for the party.

Marc Golob: Marc is a native Floridian born and raised in Miami. Professionally, Marc wears many hats in the music industry including performing, promoting and music retail. He is the owner of J9 Sound and Lighting. Marc became a Libertarian 1994 when a friend gave him the book Libertarianism In One Lesson and continues to be active in his local affiliate since 2013. Marc was a founding member of Call FM, a non for profit radio network, along with volunteering for several charities and faith-based organizations.

 

Gillis

Legislative Action
Mission: The function of the committee is to review, summarize, and draft LPF policy on proposed legislation during session.

Larry Gillis: Larry practiced mostly criminal law in New Hampshire for more than 30 years. During that time, Larry was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for two terms. During his term, Larry served as chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Justice. Since moving to Florida in 2008, Larry registered as Libertarian in 2014 and served as vice-chair of the Lee County affiliate since 2016. Larry served as Lee delegate to the LPF conventions in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

 

Zakhari

Membership
Mission: Responsible for increasing the membership in the LPF and for increasing the LP voter registration.

Nivine Zakhari: Nivine is an attorney and technology consultant in Tampa. A native of Largo, she spent 20 years in Houston before returning home to Florida. Nivine took an interest in economics and politics at an early age, identifying more as a conservative for some time while gradually becoming more active in libertarian groups. She became a Life Member of the Libertarian Party in 2016. Nivine holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center and a Master of Theological Studies from Regent University.

 

Moser

Platform
Mission: To clearly present the ideas of liberty to which we as a party ascribe and expect to be held accountable.

Cody Moser: Cody is a freelance writer and research psychologist. First registering to vote as Libertarian, Chair of the Okaloosa affiliate and Region 2 Representative. Cody writes for Quillette and Areo magazines and runs a popular blog about anthropology, genetics, and human behavior. As Platform Chair, Cody found an outlet to both write and moderate Libertarian philosophical differences to arrive a synthesis without giving up hard-line principles.

 

 

Cadorette

Rules
Mission: The Rules Committee is responsible for interpreting the Constitution and By-Laws based on current Florida Statutes.

Philippe Cadorette: A registered Libertarian since age 19, Philippe cast his first presidential preference vote for Harry Browne in 1999. In 2010, Philippe was an activist for the Alex Snitker U.S. Senate campaign. You’ll often find Philippe demonstrating for Second Amendment rights throughout Florida. A surgical equipment installer, Philippe brings that razor-sharp attention to detail to Rules. As an anarcho-capitalist, Philippe says society doesn’t need rulers, but it does need rules. As Rules Chair, Philippe seeks to demonstrate Libertarians are fit to govern by first proving we can successfully govern ourselves.

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 12, 2018

Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

TAMPA – Delegates and guests alike declare last weekend’s 2019 Libertarian Party of Florida Annual Convention a huge success.

“It was one of the most professional state Libertarian conventions I’ve attended,” said C. Michael Pickens, coach, lecturer and host of Friday Night’s Banquet Roast. “The Libertarian Party of Florida is making great strides to advance liberty and it’s apparent by the quality of their last convention and the sheer number of elected Libertarians in the state.”

LP National Committee Vice Chair Alex Merced agreed. “The Florida State Convention has been one of the most ambitious and smoothly run political events of any kind I’ve been to in years and a true sign of a mature organization primed to make impact for years to come.”

Incoming LPF Chair Steven Nekhaila of Key West said the Convention attendees made the success.

“What really tied it all together was the attendance of our Florida Libertarian family,” Nekhaila said. “We had stellar attendance with many new faces showing up for their first convention.”

Steven Nekhaila

An estimated 140 attendees attended one of the dozen events. Events included a debate between announced LP presidential candidates Adam Kokesh, Arvin Vohra and Souraya Faas. Lectures and panel discussions featured Tom Woods, Jeff Deist, Walter Block, Joshua Smith, Caryn Ann Harlos and Nekhaila.

Harlos, LP National Committee Secretary, said she was pleased to see the advancements Florida has made.

“I spent over four decades in Florida before transplanting to Colorado, and as such, being invited to speak at the LPF convention was a special honour to me,” she said. “The convention was professionally done and all of the members friendly. There is a tremendous libertarian fire in their bellies, and I wish I had discovered libertarianism while I still lived in Florida so that I could have worked daily with such wonderful and diverse people.”

Smith, an LNC At-Large Member, agreed – Florida got it right.

“The 2019 LPF state convention was the most professional and well put together state convention I have ever been to, and I traveled to 26 states and 17 state conventions last year,” Smith said. “Everything from the breakout sessions to the meals, and the lighting was superb. I can’t wait to see what they pull off in 2020, and I hope all other states will watch the footage and strive for the same.”

OFFICERS ELECTED

Nearly a completely new Executive Committee was elected Saturday morning. They are:

  • Chairman: Steven Nekhaila
  •  Vice Chairman: Spenser Garber
  •  Secretary: Brandi Hicks (Returning)
  •  Treasurer: David Salisbury
  •  Director At-Large 1: Suzanne Gilmore
  •  Director At-Large 2: Larry Gillis
  •  Director At-Large 3: J Mark Barfield
  •  Regional Representative 1: Julia Hall
  •  Regional Representative 2: Cody Moser
  •  Regional Representative 3: Jonathan McCue
  •  Regional Representative 4: Davie Parrish
  •  Regional Representative 5: Addison Patrick
  •  Regional Representative 6: Ashley McCoy
  •  Regional Representative 7: Tegan Joseph
  •  Regional Representative 8: Bryan Zemina
  •  Regional Representative 9: John Olivadoti
  •  Regional Representative 10: Stephen Aiken
  •  Regional Representative 11: Shawn Elliott (Returning)
  •  Regional Representative 12: David DeForest
  •  Regional Representative 13: Lee Korotzer
  •  Regional Representative 14: Josh Curtis

 

Returning Region 11 Representative Shawn Elliott said he’s looking forward to a great year. excited to work with the new team.

“I’m excited to be a part of the new EC,” said Elliott. “Steven has done a great job of fixing our treasurer issues and Spencer is very focused and committed to continuing to move the party in the right direction. Very exciting times for Libertarians in Florida.”

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2019
Contact: Chris Rose II
Director At-Large 2, Libertarian Party of Florida
atlarge2@lpf.org

 

OCALA, Fla – Dennis Fields, Region 4 Representative for Florida Carry, became the latest Republican to switch his voter registration over to Libertarian Party of Florida Saturday.

Dennis Fields (L,) Chris Rose II (R)

Fields, an activist and an avid defender of the right to bear arms, said his party had already left him. “Republicans are now Democrats. I’m tired of the GOP screwing me without lube,” he said.

Fields’ Region 4 includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties.

Fields, along with LPF Director At-Large 2 Chris Rose II and other LPF members attended an open-carry event here this weekend. A hot topic of the event was the 2018 Republican-dominated Florida Legislature’s passing of Senate Bill 7026, which created “red flag” laws and raised the minimum age to purchase any firearm to 21.

“Dennis and I combined on all three of the protest events in Tallahassee last year,” said Rose. “The Libertarian Party of Florida was the only political Party in the State to actively oppose the passing of SB7026, from its inception in Committee, to its final passing on the Senate floor. I am overjoyed to now have Mr. Fields as a member of the LPF, and I expect we will be working a lot more together.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

Contact: Souraya Faas
sourayafaas@gmail.com

 

Souraya Faas

MIAMI – Marcos Miralles, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, announced today the newest convert to the LPF, Souraya Faas, Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee Committeewoman for Dist. 32.

“As a Libertarian, I want to highlight the party and show people that they are Libertarians,” Faas said today. “I registered Republican since I was 18 because I thought I had to choose between one of the two major parties. But I’ve always considered myself a libertarian because I was conservative about some things, and moderate about others. I was in the Republican Liberty Caucus.”

Increasingly, politicians are choosing Libertarian to run for office. Faas joins Coconut Grove Village Councilwoman Courtney Omega as the latest

Souraya Faas with Marcos Miralles

South Florida politician to switch from Republican to Libertarian Party during the past year. In 2012, Gov. Gary Johnson left the Republican Party to run for president as a Libertarian.

Faas, 37, has been active in politics most of her life. In 2016, she ran for president as a write-in Independent in 2016, but lost her lawsuit to get on the ballot in Texas. At the time, she was the youngest person and the first person of Arab descent to run for the office. Last year, she made a bid for U.S. Congress, but lost to incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the Republican Primary.

During the 2018 campaign, Faas denounced the U.S. intervention in the Syrian War and praised a House Democrat who opposed U.S. military involvement.

“Time and time again we see history repeating itself where, in the name of freedom and peace, wars have been provoked and fought for special interests,” she wrote in a RT op ed piece last year.[1]

“The Libertarian Party is a place where diversity is valued and a place where everyone works together to enhance our community’s quality of life,” Miralles said.

Faas says she will continue to seek public office. “I feel like people have lost the perception of what it’s like to be a politician,” Faas said to the Miami Herald last year. [2]

“Politicians are no longer what they used to be: for the people,” she said today. “They are more worried about getting re-elected and listening to special interests than they are about listening to the people.”

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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[1] Divide & conquer: America’s blueprint for ‘world peace’ simply a roadmap to disaster

[2] Miami congressional candidate says chemical attacks in Syria were staged

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 06, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – Libertarian Party of Florida Chairman Marcos Miralles welcomes the mother of Democratic Socialist Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez to Florida and invites her to join the LPF!

“Blanca Ocasio Cortez did what anyone would do to escape a financially abusive environment,” Miralles said from his Miami home. “Welcome to Florida Ms. Ocasio-Cortez! Please leave those excessive New York tax policies behind.”

In a Daily Mail article Monday, Blanca Ocasio-Cortez revealed she left New York because she feared losing her home due to high taxation. Ocasio-Cortez is mother to U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, the youngest person elected to Congress. As a result, she moved to the Central Florida community of Eustis shortly before her daughter announced her candidacy.

Downtown Eustis, Fla.

“I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north,” Ocasio-Cortez is quoted in the Daily Mail. “I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here.”

Within weeks of taking the oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, Ocasio-Cortez proposed a marginal tax as high as 70 percent on income above $10 million to pay for her “Green New Deal Resolution.” Additionally, she proposed forgiving all student loans, providing free public colleges and trade schools, and a single-payer healthcare system.

Florida has among the lowest tax burdens in the country, according to several evaluations done by Wallethub, both CNN Money and Fox News, and others.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 25, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida

chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – It is no joking matter: every day, thousands of consenting adults are charged with the crime of engaging in “sexual acts” with other consenting adults.

Why? Because two adults engaged in an activity deemed immoral by lawmakers. No one is harmed; yet still a “vice” by those who believe their choices are better than our own. Subsequently, the criminal prosecution system drains the bank accounts of ruined lives.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr

And law enforcement officials just love busting people engaged in “vice,” both vendor and client. They coordinate “stings” with each other. They conduct covert surveillance to observe adults engaging in sex acts. They arrest bunches of people and hold press conferences. They appear indignant and self-satisfied, satisfied that they were able to watch two consenting adults have sex. And arrest ‘em for doing so.

Why? Because two adults engaged in consensual activity that entailed the transfer of funds. If no funds were transferred, what these folks choose to do would be perfectly “legal.”

Last week, a notable sports figure fell victim to one of these stings in Jupiter, Fla. Jokes flew, but what is no joking matter is innocent people had their lives turned upside down. While there were allegations of something called “sex trafficking,” no one was arrested for kidnapping or slavery – two acts commonly associated with the trafficking of humans. No arrests.

So why then? Why do we continue to criminalize consensual conduct? It’s time to ask ourselves that question and answer it: let’s end all criminalization of consensual sexual acts, whether or not commerce is involved.

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

 

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