Randy Taylor, running for Florida House in District 69, was vetted and approved as a "Certified" candidate by the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee meeting. Yesterday, Dana Cummings, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) welcomed Taylor saying, "On behalf of the LPF, we are pleased to have you as one of our vetted and approved candidates for 2014."
As of this morning, Taylor's only opponent is incumbent Republican Kathleen Peters. Peters has a head start being an incumbent and started campaigning earlier this year raising over $18,000 for her campaign. Taylor only recently began his campaign and has plenty of time to become a serious contender against Peters since the election is not until November, 2014.
Of recent concern for many Floridians is that of the education of their children and what is known as Common Core. Taylor recently said of Common Core, "We cannot stand by idly and allow our children and teachers to be treated like robots; or to allow the individual needs of our diverse students to ignored. Common Core is an offense to effective education and is nothing less than a statement by our government that they don’t trust our teachers!"
Last month the Libertarian Party of Florida also came out against Common Core with the following resolution from their Executive Committee:
"Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Florida condemns the implementation of the CCSS [Common Core] in Florida and recognizes the inherent federal and state overreach contained therein, in violation of the enumerated powers of the U.S. Constitution, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and individual rights of parents, guardians, and Florida students; and be it further
Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Florida rejects wholeheartedly the collection of personal student “assessment data,” including fingerprints and other biometric data, for any non-educational purpose by the state of Florida, the federal government of the United States, or private corporate interests on the grounds that life, liberty and happiness cannot prosper under continuous state surveillance, that the use by the state of people or technology to monitor, account for, and keep Floridians under surveillance, especially where there is no evidence of criminal behavior, restricts the normal interaction of peoples; and be it further
Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Florida offers its full support of activities to halt further implementation of CCSS in the state of Florida and supports a full repeal of any action that has resulted in, authorized, or compelled the implementation of CCSS to date; therefore, the Libertarian Party of Florida fully rejects the CCSS plan and its ultimate goal to further empower the failing education bureaucracy at the state and federal levels and the Libertarian Party of Florida calls for a free market education system that empowers parents and guardians, who are best situated to decide what is in their own children’s best interests, to freely decide how to educate their children through the use of all measures that enhance the educational choices available, including charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school tuition, and home schooling."
Florida House District 69 is in Pinellas County and says on his website:
"As a member of the Libertarian Party, I am committed to the following principles in considering any law or appropriation:
- Recognizing absolute freedom of speech, religion, and association
- Demanding Constitutionally-limited government
- Ensuring minimal taxation and balanced budgets
- Defending property rights
- Asserting sovereignty of the State from unconstitutional federal interference
- Asserting sovereignty of the Republic from unconstitutional international interference
- Upholding the Second Amendment and the absolute right to self defense
- Promoting a true free market economy
- Defending personal privacy and the Fourth Amendment
- Promoting strong national defense through a Constitutional foreign policy
- Ending government corruption
- Ensuring no individual, corporation or government is above the rule of law
- Ending prohibitions on all personal activities that do not infringe upon the rights of others.
In short, I promote lower taxes, more jobs, cutting government expenditures, and greater civil liberties."