Bill Wohlsifer, an intellectual property attorney based out of Tallahassee, Florida has entered the 2014 election to be Florida's next Attorney General. He is facing Republican Pam Bondi and whomever wins the Democratic Party's primary which is currently between Perry Thurston, Jr. and George Sheldon. Wohlsifer filed his candidate paperwork, in person, at the Florida Department of State's election offices Wednesday afternoon and made the following announcement yesterday:
“With optimistic enthusiasm I hereby officially announce my candidacy to be your next Attorney General. I filed the candidate papers at the Florida Department of State yesterday, with my wife, at 4:21 PM. I have been “certified” by the Libertarian Party of Florida as a vetted and approved party candidate, making me Florida’s first Libertarian candidate for Attorney General.
I am the candidate for Florida Attorney General in 2014 that intends to restore and preserve our civil liberties without compromising the rule of law.”
Wohlsifer is distinct from Bondi in many ways which should resonate with Florida voters, two of which involve his stance on medical marijuana and marriage equality. After seeing the failure in the 'War on Drugs' and its impact on Floridians, Wohlsifer is expected to be the only Attorney General candidate in favor of ending it and when elected, focusing his office resources on cases where there is an actual victim involved. As Florida's Attorney General he also advocates for providing marriage equality for Floridians and would use the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, to challenge Florida’s Article I, Section 27.
His platform is direct and distinguishable from his opponents and based on polling of Floridians, wildly popular with voters. His main two challenges will be fundraising and getting past the media blackout that affects most Libertarian candidates and convincing Florida voters to vote for him instead of blindly checking off the name of a Republican or Democrat on election day in November, 2014.
Wohlsifer serves on the Libertarian Party of Florida's Executive Committee as one of their Regional Representatives. Wohlsifer joins former Libertarian Party of Florida chairman Adrian Wyllie to add the Libertarian Party brand on the Florida ballot in November, 2014. Wyllie is running for governor of Florida, challenging Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist.
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