There are currently 5 candidates from the Libertarian Party of Florida running for State House.
3 of them are in Seminole County.
After carving out a niche that made them an x-factor in last year’s Gubernatorial contest, Libertarians in the state, and right here in Central Florida, will be trying again in 2016, to measure if they’re message believing “the most desirable method of organizing society is the natural order that arises when the unalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and protected.” is ready to stand next to Republican and Democratic platforms.
While Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, only garnered 4% of the vote and was a sub-plot in the war between Rick Scott, and Charlie Crist, he managed decent turnout during his appearances last year. Fellow Libertarian and Attorney General Candidate Bill Wolhsifer even managed to draw a television debate invitation and was able to share the stage with Pam Bondi and George Shelton.
Here in Seminole County, we will have a Libertarian primary between Franklin Perez, and Steven Edmonds. Perez has made a name for his campaign in past years by holding events in exotic dancing establishments. The winner will challenge incumbent State Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) in House District 28, who has defeated Perez the 3 previous election cycles, and remains frienldy with his regular opponent.
The third candidate David Leavitt, will challenge incumbent Scott Plakon (R-Longwood), in the 29th district, which is one of the most red districts in the state. The Republican Party rallied around Plakon in 2014, and he remains one of the most well like lawmakers in the region among Conservatives. Attempts to reach Leavitt for comment on this story were unsuccessful.
Libertarian nominees in both races face uphill climbs to remain competitive. In the past analysts have believed that while certain aspects of the platform appeal to the moderate voters, the right candidates, and fundraising base to deliver that message hasn’t been there.
With almost a year and a half it’s like more Libertarians will file to run for various offices around the state. Will 2016 be the year they finally break through?