Florida Midterm 2018 Election

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First Step Candidates

This year, the Libertarian Party of Florida launched Operation: First Step, where we reached out to thousands of liberty-minded activists across the state of Florida with one call to action:
Run for office.
Many took that call. These are libertarians who have, especially these past few months, put their blood, sweat, and tears into their campaigns to bring more accountability and freedom to Florida. Volunteers from across the state have helped these candidates sign hold, distribute material, and various other work. We are very grateful these amazing candidates chose to run under Operation: First Step.

Election Result Links Below…

As you scroll down, you will see sections for each candidate and (if available) their photo, website, brief summary, as well as links where you will be able to see their election results pour in!

Alachua County

Gregory Caudill

Running For:

Alachua County Commission

In detail…

“In 1995 I moved to Alachua County and later was an IB graduate from Eastside High School, attended the University of Florida, served in the Army during Operation Enduring Freedom and married my beautiful wife Gelenn.”

“Alachua County is a wonderful place to grow up, live and raise a family, but our local government continues to punish our friends and neighbors with needlessly high taxes and impose barriers to their success. I believe no one should get in the way of your dreams.”

“When I think about Alachua County, I think about our culture of volunteerism; of blood drives and street cleanups. I think of people coming together themselves to make change.”

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Chris Rose

Running For:

Alachua County Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 3

In detail…

From Chris’ public Facebook Page:

“Chris Rose is the only candidate in this race who is born and raised right here in Alachua County. Chris has been endorsed by both Mayor Davis of Waldo and Mayor Marlowe of Newberry. A proven leader and volunteer, Chris hopes to earn your vote by November.”

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Bradford County

Steven Milligan

Running For:

Bradford County Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 4

In detail…

“As a proud Florida native, I believe we have the God-given duty to protect our natural resources. I promise to bring the level of dedication and professionalism required to elevate the Bradford County Soil and Water Conservation Board to success. I believe volunteerism is at the heart of a thriving Soil and Water Board. That same volunteerism is what drives the Libertarian Party and it’s what has driven my campaign.”

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Brevard County

John Philip Olivadoti, Jr

Running For:

Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District – Group 4

In detail…

From John’s public Facebook Page:

“As this election cycle draws to a close I’d first like to thank each and every person who reached out to me. I enjoyed hearing your insight and support. I’d also like to thank everyone who cared about the environment enough to take the time to look at this page. I’d lastly like to thank everyone who voted for me. This has been a truly rewarding experience.”

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Clay County

Michael Cassidy

Running For:

Clay Soil and Water Conservation District – Group 5

In detail…

More details coming soon!

Election Results:

Michael Cassidy won his election in November 2018
Click Here For Election Results

Collier County

John Shuey

Running For:

Mosquito Control District – Seat 2

In detail…

From Collier elections site:

“John is retired from both a career in sales and marketing and several years as a small business owner. He lives in S.E. Naples with his wife of 30 years, Patricia Winning, and two rescued greyhounds. He is also a father of three and grandfather of five. John has been a resident of Florida for about eleven years. Because of his extensive business background, John’s emphasis as a Board Member will be on evaluating and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Control district.

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Columbia County

Grady VerPlanck

Running For:

Santa Fe Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 4

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Dearman at this time.

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Dade County

Martha Bueno

Running For:

West Kendall Community Council

In detail…

From Martha’a public Facebook Page:

“I’m running to make sure West Kendall remains free from special interests and to provide residents with someone who listens on the Community Council.”

Election Results:

Martha Bueno won her election August 2018

Riquet Caballero

Running For:

State Representative – District 108

In detail…

“Together, we will put an end to special interests’ control over our state government. Companies like Comcast and AT&T shouldn’t have a larger voice in District 108 than our thousands of local small businesses simply because of their wealth. As your State Rep., I will organize town halls with business owners and residents on a regular basis to discuss legislation, and will dedicate my entire public salary to public charities that help our poorest communities.”

“As your State Representative, I will work with you to bust the cartels created by the current administration to monopolize the cannabis industry. I will fight for legislation to require our state agencies to recraft existing regulations and make it easier for investors to join the industry. I will also fight to decriminalize cannabis for recreational purposes, while lobbying the federal government to let our farmers grow hemp.”

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Eduardo Dominguez

Running For:

South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District – Group 1

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Dominguez at this time.

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Christian Lisogorsky

Running For:

Islands at Doral III Community Development District – Seat 1

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Lisogorsky at this time.

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Julio Raudsepp

Running For:

Islands at Doral III Community Development District – Seat 2

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Raudsepp at this time.

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Duval County

James Chipman

Running For:

Bartram Springs Community Development District – Seat 2

In detail…

From Mr. Chipman’s public Facebook Page:

“I am a fourth generation Floridian born in Hialeah, Florida. Married to my beautiful wife Beata and father to our 2 Children, Ayla and Dalton 4 and 2 respectively. I am past Chair of the Duval County Affiliate and past Representative for Region 5 of the Libertarian Party of Florida.”

Election Results:

James Chipman won his election in November 2018
Click Here For Results

Joanna Liberty Tavares

Running For:

State Senate, District 4

In detail…

From Mrs. Tavares’ public Facebook Page:

“Joanna is a hardworking American Small-Business Owner, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, political activist, Social Worker, Wife, Mother, First Generation Immigrant from the Philippines, and advocate for liberty and independence who loves her community and cares deeply about our district, our state, and the United States Of America.”

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Hamilton County

Thomas Warfel

Running For:

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 1

In detail…

From Mr. Warfel’s public Facebook Page:

Soil and water management is really about each one of us taking responsibilty on an individual basis. By not wasting water, picking up litter, watching what chemicals we put in the ground, we each can do our part to preserve and protect our environment, not only for our use, but just as important, for our children’s future use.”

Election Results:

Thomas Warfel won his election in June 2018

Indian River County

Shawn Elliott

Running For:

Indian River County Soil & Water Conservation District – Seat 1

In detail…

This is Elliott’s first bid for public office. Elliott said Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors can play an important role in their community. “I hope to influence local ag people to make smarter watering and fertilizing choices,” he said. “To make sure they’re informed about the inevitable legalization of hemp and the benefits it can have in our fragile ecosystem.”

Election Results:

Shawn Elliott won his election in November 2018
Click Here For Election Results

Madison County

Martha Carter

Running For:

Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 1

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Ms. Carter at this time.

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Martin County

Wayne Barricklow

Running For:

Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 1

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Barricklow at this time.

Election Results:

Wayne Barricklow won his election in June 2018

Orange County

Derek Ryan

Running For:

Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 4

In detail…

From Mr. Ryan’s website:

“I bring an insight and perspective to this Soil and Water board that is very relevant,” Derek said. “My team and I manage more than 2 billion gallons of irrigation water on commercial properties. I also live on a 40-acre, spring-fed lake that has been in my family for three generations so I have first-hand knowledge of proper conservation, and I want to ensure the next three or four generations of Floridians can enjoy our natural resources as well.”

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Osceola County

Anthony Tony Busby

Running For:

St Cloud City Council – Seat 2

In detail…

From an an article about Mr. Busby:

“My top priorities are to grow our business sector, gain reasonable control of our growth, and avert a possible water and sewage crisis.”

“I have no political experience, I am however the director of the Indian Lakes HOA, as well as the Vice-Chair of my local (libertarian) political party.”

“I am a combat veteran and will bring my training with me. I was instilled with a sense of integrity, pride and patriotism that will not allow me to a fault once I win. My beautiful family keeps me humble and my friends will be sure to keep me honest.”

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Pasco County

Phil Kimball

Running For:

Oakstead Community Development District – Seat 1

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Kimball at this time.

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Nick Rizzo

Running For:

Meadow Pointe Community Development District – Seat 2

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Rizzo at this time.

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Seminole County

Shaun Kunz

Running For:

Seminole County Soil & Water Conservation District – Group 5

In detail…

From the website of Mr. Kunz:

“As a candidate for Seminole Soil and Water, I am initially focusing on three key points: Protecting Home Rule, promoting Voluntary Environmentalism and Education over Regulation, and Individual Property Responsibilities. I want to use my years as an independent educator to create community outreach and education opportunities regularly.”

“I am looking forward to working with the Soil and Water District to set an example of what a volunteer governmental body can accomplish without over burdening the county nor mandating lifestyles or livelihoods.”

Election Results:

Joe Onofre

Running For:

Oviedo City Council – Seat 4

In detail…

From the public Facebook page of Mr. Onofre:

“Joe Onofre is a regular guy who loves Oviedo and wants to make quality, fact-based decisions for our town. Joe is a devoted father and husband who recently sold a successful business and started a new venture in the financial industry. He’s a numbers guy, and he isn’t afraid to ask tough questions. Joe believes the government belongs to the people, and he comes to the table with no agenda other than to make good decisions.”

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Suwannee County

Jordan Blake Bosserman

Running For:

Suwannee County Conservation District – Group 4

In detail…

From the public Facebook page of Mr. Bosserman:

“We need accountability through transparency at all levels this election season and in all forms of government. I plan to push for that. This page will not disappear if Im elected. I plan to use this platform to announce meetings, share thoughts, and help the public locate the tools necessary to hold your representatives accountable.”

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Volusia County

J. Mark Barfield

Running For:

Volusia Soil & Water Conservation District – Seat 5

In detail…

From an article written about Mr. Barfield:

“I’m looking forward to an exciting year growing our chapter and spreading the message of personal freedom and liberty,” Barfield said.

Election Results:

Joseph Hannoush

Running For:

State Representative – District 25

In detail…

From the website of Mr. Hannoush:

“Part of the American Dream is owning your own home. But do you really own your own home if you are paying rent to the government?? You can live in your home for 50 years and pay off your mortgage but government can still come and take it if you don’t pay! I favor moving the Property Tax to a Sales Tax and spreading those costs out more evenly with visitors that visit Florida.”

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Wesley Wilson, Jr.

Running For:

Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District – Seat 3

In detail…

We do not have any further details about Mr. Wilson at this time.

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This list was compiled by the Libertarian Party of Florida Candidates Committee. If you are a candidate running under Operation: First Step and were either left out or would like something to be added/removed, please contact us.