Yesterday, May 6, 2014, the Lucas Overby for Congress campaign held a one-day money bomb seeking donations and received slightly more than $15,000 to add to their coffers. The Libertarian Party of Florida candidate ran in the Congressional District 13 special election last month, and though he did not win, he is continuing forward by qualifying on May 2, 2014 to be on the November general election ballot.
Overby said today, "We fell a little short of our $20,000 goal, but we did raise a little more than $15,000! Awesome work everyone! Donations can still be made to our rally at www.rally.org/Lucasoverbyforcongress and donations can be made in person or mailed to 1910 Drew Street Clearwater FL 33756. Again, from the whole team, thank you guys for a great start!"
Overby will face incumbent Republican David Jolly and Ed Jany who is running with no party affiliation. Michael Levinson also qualified to run in the race as a Write-In candidate, so his name will not be printed on the ballot in November, 2013.
In a statement on May 1, 2014, Overby cited his work with Reverand Sykes, his ongoing activism, and his concerns about the scope of the ballot as reasons for his possible return:"Due to my longstanding respect for Reverend Sykes, I have been working closely with him on his campaign and policy development. Following his withdrawal, I've had a number of supporters ask if I would reconsider running. Knowing that Reverend Sykes is standing with the many supporters who have come to me requesting that I reenter the race, I have decided to explore the possibility. Pinellas County deserves real choice in November."
In the special election, Overby faced a Democrat and a Republican - the Republican won, even though it was clear if one was just voting on issues alone, CD 13 voters should have sent Overby to D.C. Polling suggests his stance on the issues is most in line with those living in Pinellas County.
Overby is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County attending Lakewood High School's Center for Advanced Technologies and becoming a member of the National Honors Society and graduating Cum Laude in 2004. While in high school he began working as a commercial diver, later attending Florida Atlantic University's Ocean Engineering Program. He currently works as a commerical Dive Supervisor.
Drawn to national action at a local level, Lucas began working in activism in 2003. He has worked with GSA, GLAAD, SOAR, NORML, PUFMM, and the Libertarian Party.
In 2009 Lucas was blessed with the birth of his daughter Raegan. Inspired to new action and eager to help better the community his daughter will grow up in, Lucas founded "Take a District"; a group dedicated to voter education, establishing a multi-partisan dialogue on voter issues, and promoting individual involvement in local politics.