Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie officially begins her campaign to be Boca Raton's next mayor tomorrow evening in a kick-off reception being held at Jazziz in Mizner Park. Her campaign supporters are literally a Who's Who of Boca Raton. At this point, Haynie is running unopposed for the March 11, 2014 non-partisan election and the deadline for challengers is on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Although no one would mistake Haynie for a libertarian, she does have many libertarian leanings - gaining interest from local libertarians and small government types. For instance, yesterday she responded rather quickly to a Twitter message from @SoFL4Johnson (a Twitter account supporting 2012 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee Gary Johnson) asking about her position on red light cameras. Her response, "@SOFL4Johnson I do not support red light cameras and voted against them. Thanks for the question. Visit susanhaynie.com for more info." The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County and the Libertarian Party of Florida have been working to ban red light cameras since they started showing up in Florida. Some libertarians are against red light cameras as the empirical evidence shows they make intersections less safe; others oppose the cameras from a constitutional perspective. Red light cameras have become very unpopular with Boca Raton and Palm Beach County citizens.
In the 2013-2014 budget cycle, Haynie voted not to raise Boca Raton's millage rate for residents and businesses. Being a small business owner herself, has a strong sense of what it takes to operate and organization efficiently. She also has a strong track record of government transparency to the public which is appreciated by many a libertarian.
Libertarians also believe one of the main purposes of government is to protect its citizens and Haynie gets strong kudos for her efforts with both the Boca Raton Police Department and the Boca Raton Fire Rescue Department. Some libertarians would like to see such organizations privatized, however most are comfortable with local government in control of these two public safety departments. Libertarians also applaud her efforts on the environment as many libertarians have participated in beach clean ups and other efforts to keep the environment clean. This past weekend the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County participated in cleaning up the Snook Islands in Lake Worth.
She does "run off the rails" with libertarians when it comes to corporate welfare and lobbying for federal and state taxpayer funds for transportation and other city expenditures. Some libertarians will be forgiving to Haynie for returning at least some of their tax money back to Boca Raton from the Feds, however no libertarians are in favor of giving multi-billion dollar corporations tax breaks while taxpayer money is not available to most small businesses. Libertarians would prefer too see a level tax break to all businesses in Boca Raton, not to "picking winners and losers," giving larger corporations a competitive edge over those not seeking a government handout.
Time will tell if Haynie will have a challenger in the March, 2014 election, if she does, she is expected to have quite the war chest to combat any opponent.