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Collier Libertarians issue school district candidate recommendations

The Libertarian Party of Collier County announced this afternoon, July 23, 2014, their 2014 August primary Liberty List for voters. For the August primary, the Libertarian Party of Collier County weighed in on three races giving two endorsements (Collier County School Board Districts 1 and 3) and one recommendation (in the County Commission District 4 race between two Republicans). Their decisions were based on qualifications, performance, and dedication to the principles that they take seriously: limited government, economic freedom and individual rights. Another qualifier is the opposition to Common Core.

The local political party found three candidates (listed below) who most closely align with their principles. The party will monitor the actions of the candidates closely, and if they are elected, will work to ensure that they continue to abide by those principles.

Unlike endorsements made by other parties or groups, their support does not create a “protective bubble” around the candidates. The party will not look the other way if the candidates stray from campaign promises or if they take action contrary to our goals as free people. The party believes that their endorsements call for candidates to continue to strive for a freer society and that it should result in even closer scrutiny of the candidates over their time in elected office than had they not been issued at all.

Here is the Libertarian Party of Collier County's list of three local candidates up for elections in the August primaries:

Kelly Lichter – The Libertarian Party of Collier County endorsed Kelly Lichter for School Board, District 1. The local party is supporting Lichter because she supports expanded educational options, including charter schools and is against Common Core. She is the mother of school-aged children so she has a vested interest in the future of Collier County's educational system. She is also a supporter of limited government, which appeals to the county party.

Erika Donalds – The Libertarian Party of Collier County endorsed Erika Donalds for School Board, District 3. The local party is supporting Donalds because of her fight against Common Core and she has a background in finance. She also is the mother of school-aged children and will work to reduce waste within the school district by eliminating redundancy.

Lavigne Kirkpatrick – The Libertarian Party of Collier County recommended Lavigne Kirkpatrick for County Commissioner, District 4. The open District 4 race presents a unique opportunity for Libertarians and all other voters in the district who are not registered as Republicans. Since there is no November opponent on the ballot, all voters in District 4 are eligible to participate in this August primary between two Republicans. Kirkpatrick, Chair of the Florida Board of Nursing, ran for this seat in 2010, ultimately losing a close race to current District 4 Commissioner Fred Coyle, who is not seeking reelection. The local party believes that voters have regretted that decision since 2010 and they are ready to rectify it in 2014 with a vote for Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is the likely for fiscal conservatives and those concerned with the continued expansion in size and scope of local government. Kirkpatrick has past experience of leading the Naples Tea Party where she had the opportunity to learn how to communicate with a variety of groups, from Republicans to Libertarians to Independents and also Democrats--a necessary skill of consensus building that has been lacking with some members of the current Commission. Kirkpatrick stood side by side with those fighting for the principles of limited government and individual rights, whether it was over the Second Amendment Protection resolutions, the fight against county government overreach and fiscal irresponsibility in the La Peninsula MSBU debacle or the effort to reduce Collier County’s massive debt.

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