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Republican and Democratic candidates quibble, Libertarian wants debates

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Voters in Florida's Congressional District 19 are still being subjected to a “he said - she said” scheme by the Democrat and Republican candidates. There have been at least three different groups that have proposed hosting forums/debates for voters to meet and assess the candidates that will be on the June 24, 2014 Special Election Ballot. The Libertarian Party of Florida challenger in the race, Ray Netherwood, said today, May 15, 2014, “Voters should not stand for these shenanigans. I challenge Ms. Freeman and Mr. Clawson to a debate at any location and at any time in the next 30 days … the sooner the better.” He continued, “I understand their hesitation, neither has an original thought and they do nothing but spout their respective party’s talking points. I believe that voters have had enough of these types of games. If you're a candidate for office, you shouldn't be afraid to debate the issues. I am ready and waiting.”

The Collier County League of Women Voters began efforts to schedule a forum on April 25th and ended on May 12th with a cancellation. Also, around the end of April the Ft Myers group “BUPAC” was trying to schedule a forum. That effort ended with an email this morning, that the group also could not get candidates to commit -- read that either Clawson or Freeman. It would seem that both candidates are just hunkering down and hoping that their respective party’s voters will hang in there with them.

Netherwood will be in Tampa over the weekend at the Libertarian Party of Florida’s Annual Convention, and will be available during a media hour on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. He will be available the entire weekend for a call or email from candidates who might want to discuss “real issues and real ideas.”

Ray Netherwood is a Libertarian candidate for US Congress, District 19. Ray served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. After retiring from the Air Force in 1995, Ray worked as the Administrator of the Chesterfield Health District and also served as the Acting Executive Advisor to the Deputy for Health Policy for the Virginia Department of Health. Ray and his wife Shelley live in Marco Island, FL. For more information, please visit



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