Miami-Dade County just passed its wave of municipal elections last month, but is already feeling next year's statewide elections. In a little less tan 11 months, voters will choose a Governor, a new cabinet, and a new legislature, but candidates are already throwing in big money for countless battlefields.
Libertarians will have a historic list of candidates in 2014, with a growing list of state house and senate candidates and a gubernatorial challenger polling around 9%. And, as of yesterday, a first-ever candidate for Attorney General, Bill Wohlsifer, has thrown his name in the race.
Both Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida, and Wohlsifer will be running on a platform based on smaller government and state rights protection. And both have announced functioning campaigns in Miami-Dade.
Managed by this author (Pierre Crevaux), a local Libertarian electoral consultant, the branch campaigns will be focused on gathering as much grassroots support as possible. With a little more than a thousand registered Libertarians in the county, the goal is to rally them to lead a race targeting independents and disaffected Republicans and Democrats.
Adrian Wyllie's race in Dade County will be primarily focused on gathering petitions to put the candidate on the ballot. To achieve this goal, precinct captains are being designated to represent the Libertarian candidate in respective neighborhoods. "There's much more support than we realize at first," says Raul Cardenas, one of those precinct captains.
Wyllie is running against incumbent Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist. While most experts consider him a long shot, especially because of his absence from most polls, others hope to see a real three-way race in which no more than 34% would be needed to win the election.
Bill Wohlsifer made history on December 12th after announcing his run for Attorney General against incumbent Republican Pam Bondi. Wohlsifer's campaign in Miami-Dade will be focused on fundraising and popular support, as the intellectual property lawyer is planning on buying his way to ballot access.
As Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians are getting ready for their state conventions in a few months to designate their official candidates, all political clans are now forming their battle plans for the next year to see who will control Tallahassee next November. And South Florida will be a major part of all three sides.