FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2020

Contact: Steven Nekhaila,

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida

chair@lpf.org

305.393.6412

Downtown Palatka

LPF Responds to Gov. DeSantis’ Safer at Home Order

 

KEY WEST, Fla. – If you live in Florida, you are now in state-mandated lock-down. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order Numbers 20-91 and 20-92 although signed on April 1, were certainly no jokes. As of midnight, free movement and free commerce is severely restricted for the entire state. While he hasn’t called out the National Guard for every street corner, DeSantis referenced passages from the Florida Constitution and Statutes granting him the authority to do so.[i]

The Libertarian Party of Florida condemns this action. Evidence shows enforced lockdowns do not curb the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness. Intelligent responses to medical issues do work without shutting down society as DeSantis has done.

Evidence shows rational steps promoted by government can work without creating the record-high unemployment we have now. You’ve already heard those rational steps many times: Keep your distance from others, wear gloves and maybe a mask, wash your hands and if you’re sick, stay home. What we’re seeing is those rational steps are contributing to emerging successes in South Korea and Japan, along with Finland. Certainly, there are cultural and mindset differences, but those countries have largely approached this manufactured “crisis” in a voluntary, supportive way, not authoritarian.[ii]

South Korea offers a good example.[iii] Within the first week after the case of COVID-19 was verified, government officials met with manufacturers to urge them to scale up manufacture of test kits. Within days, government employees were testing on a greater scale than the United States has performed to date. Numerous testing sites were quickly set up to avoid choking hospitals. Results were available within hours, not days.

People who needed it, are getting medical care before it becomes life-threatening. Once a new case is identified, the person is immediately placed under direct medical care. Everyone in contact with those ill people are identified and tested, and re-tested in a few days. In some cases, medical workers urged quarantine for those who were in immediate contact. Mortality rates stayed low.

In addition to those direct measures, the South Korean government played a role in keeping citizens informed and educated. They recommended – not mandated – facemask wearing and social distancing. A responsible population agreed and complied.

South Korea did not resort to shutting down their society to the degree DeSantis has mandated for Floridians. Korean stores, restaurants and schools were kept open. That country addressed the issue as medical, not economic.

As peace-loving and educated folks, Libertarians everywhere in the world believe in informed free choice and responsible free will. Virtually all Libertarians do “the right thing” in this outbreak in that they approach it as a medical safety issue. We wash our hands, maybe wear gloves and masks to protect ourselves, our families and our friends, along with our business associates and customers. And yes, we want to make those choices ourselves without draconian government intrusion.

The Libertarian Party of Florida calls on Gov. DeSantis to rescind 20-91 and 20-92 and let Florida function again. DeSantis had the opportunity to lead the nation in responsible steps to stop a medical issue without stopping Florida. He chose the latter.

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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[i] Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

[ii] Our World in Data: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

[iii] New York Times: How South Korea Flattened the Curve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2020
Contact: Steven Nekhaila,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

COVID-19 Measures May Pose Greater Risk Than COVID-19

If we’re not working, how are we going to pay taxes to raise money to hand out to people who aren’t working?

 

KEY WEST, Fla. –  We live in challenging days of late. Pandemics, and rumors of pandemics, have us on edge. Grocery stores picked clean. Hospitals filling. Travel increasingly limited. Sources of income dry up. What do we do? How do we get by?

State and federal officials responded in the only way big government seems to know. Restrict trade and commerce. Borders are now closed to many. Curfews have been imposed. Bars, restaurants and other private businesses are ordered closed. Thousands of paycheck-to-paycheck workers now have no paychecks coming in. Unemployment claims mount.

What then, is government’s response to that fiscal pandemic it created? Print more money and hand it out. Hand it out to huge corporations; hand it out to you and me. Where does that money come from? You already know the answer: you and me. But then if we’re not working, who’s going to pay taxes to raise money to hand out to people who aren’t working?

Answer: No one. The federal deficit grows as quickly as the presses roll.

How did we get here?

By all reliable accounts, COVID-19, often known as “coronavirus,” has the potential of serious impacts among some groups – those over 70 and those with compromised immune systems. Since the first few dozen cases were reported by Chinese medical officials last December, there are more than 300,000 confirmed cases world-wide according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s 0.005 percent of the world population. Of those infected, about 16,000 have resulted in fatalities, about 4.5 percent.

In the United States, more than 35,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified so far since January, about 0.008 percent of the population. Of them, almost 500 resulted in deaths or about 1.5 percent of all identified cases. In Florida, the numbers of reported cases are about 1,200 cases, 0.005 percent of the population. Of those, 13 resulted in deaths, slightly more than 1.7 percent. These numbers are increasing rapidly as testing becomes more available.

Any illness, let alone those leading to death is tragic. Tragic for family, friends, co-workers and classmates. The so-called “Spanish flu” of 1918 (which actually began in Kansas,) infected 40 percent of the world’s population and killed an estimated 50 million people. Indeed, every year, “the flu” will kill more than a half-million people worldwide. The mosquito-borne Dengue fever infects 50 to 100 million people every year, killing about 2.5 percent of those who are treated. Untreated, it can kill up to 20 percent.

It goes without saying for most of us that when there’s any contagious disease going around, we need to practice common sense. Wash your hands, stay away from sneezing people, practice safe sex, wash your hands again. Admittedly, some people need to learn these basics and government and media can play an important role with recommendations and updates.

Where are we now?

But the real illness that will kill the US economy and perhaps many people, are measures to restrain “non-essential jobs and commerce” in the guise of public protection. Even Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Trump loyalist, announced last week U.S. unemployment could rise to 20 percent, worse than the 2008 recession. It’s important to remember those unemployment numbers won’t rise because folks are out sick, but because government created them.

The Stock Market has already crashed well below 2008 levels. Indeed, during President Trump’s press conference last Thursday, the Dow Jones dropped throughout the entire broadcast. After a brief surge, it plummeted again. The same thing happened the next day. Investors don’t trust Washington to respond rationally and thoughtfully. Nor should we.

Where do we need to be?

Responsible adults can slow the spread of a disease, but taking away their rights and our jobs will not. Such steps will only worsen the alarm. They make day to day existence even more challenging than it already was for many. Smart people stay home if they are sick or afraid of becoming sick from others. Careless people won’t. Smart people will know there are careless people out there and will take responsible actions to protect themselves and their families. That’s the job of every individual. Not the government.

Libertarians espouse a world where folks are free to make smart choices and careless ones. Should careless acts endanger others, then “community” can step in with guidance. This is individualism, not statism that we have now. It is the natural way of things.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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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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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Addison Patrick,
Public Relations Director
McCary for Florida Senate, 5
th District
PublicRelations@mccary4fl5th.com
(904) 385-9455


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Matt McCary

Orange Park, FL – Libertarian Matt McCary proudly announced his candidacy for the 2020 election for Florida’s State Senate, 5th District today.

“I will work directly with all members in the statehouse to ensure the voice of the people are heard and their views are respected and properly represented,” says McCary, 39, of Orange Park.

McCary says when elected, he will focus on issues such as gun rights, healthcare, reduction of business regulation and taxation, Florida military veterans, and equality.

“It is my full intent to bring the voice and the will of the people I represent to the statehouse. I am committed to reducing taxes, regulation and other government interference while working hard to bring back personal liberties and equal treatment for all our citizens.”

McCary is an Information Technology Project Manager for Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine, FL and previously served honorably in the United States Air Force. McCary is married to David, his partner of 18 years. They have two children, Marrissa and DJ, who are both active duty military service members. McCary is serving his second term on the Orange Park Country Club Owners Association Board of Directors.

McCary’s Campaign Kick-Off Party is Friday, June 7, 2019 at his residence in Orange Park. The General Admission event runs from 7 pm-10 pm, with VIP entry at 6 pm. More information, registration, and tickets are available on the website.

To learn more about Matt, visit www.mccary4fl5th.com or search #MCCARY4FL5TH for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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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**

April 16, 2019

Contact: Ray Wolff,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Manatee County
chair@manateelp.org

 

BRADENTON, Fla. – Do you have a photo of local county, city employees or elected officials wasting taxpayer dollars? Now you have a way to report it anonymously.

LPMC GovStoppers

The website GovStoppers.com went live this week to offer Manatee County residents a new way to anonymously report government waste, fraud and corruption. The website provides visitors a safe, anonymous place to post photos and documents without those posts being ever traced back to them.

The project is the brainchild of the Libertarian Party of Manatee County.

“While some agencies may have ways to report fraud, often a report must be made to the very agency involved, for example the School Board

Ray Wolff

website,” says LPMC Chair Ray Wolff. “This is bit like the fox watching the hen house. GovStoppers.com is a better way to make such reports.”

Wolff says local Libertarians seek to establish more transparency and accountability to Manatee city and city government with GovStoppers.

“As the Libertarian Party of Manatee County, we see one of our roles as a third party is to bring openness, trust and transparency to our local government,” Wolff says. “With help from the public and government employees, GovStoppers can be the impartial and anonymous way to bring local government waste and corruption to light.”

The website is built with anonymity in mind, said Wolff. The site uses anonymous third-party messaging and email to access GovStoppers and send files. Its photo upload feature does not log or store information that could link the photos with the sender.

Wolff says Libertarians, despite being America’s fastest growing political party, it continues to face ballot access restrictions engineered by Democrats and Republicans. The restrictions are clearly intended to discourage independents and third-party candidates from winning office and affect political change for the better, he says.

“Even with those limitations, Libertarians can promote change in our local Manatee government,” Wolff says. “Although we are hopeful that our local government agencies are free from fraud, bribes, nepotism, misuse of resources, bribes, employee waste and corruption, GovStoppers.com is here should they need to be reported.”

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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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