Ray Netherwood, the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. House in Florida's District 19 will be on Marco Island tomorrow evening for a meet and greet at Stonewalls from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Netherwood is running against incumbent Republican Henry Radel and Democrat April Freeman. District 19 encompasses much of Lee and Collier Counties. Netherwood is unmistakable as many in both counties have seen his van and campaign bus wrapped with his campaign information.
Mr. Netherwood is a Florida native, born in Tallahassee and has worked in private business as well as in government. For his campaign he has committed himself to never voting to raise the ceiling on the nation's 'credit card', a tax increase, an unbalanced budget or a bill he has not himself read. He has also stated he "will support the rights of all individuals regardless of race, gender religion or other class." He would also like to see the passage of Congressional term limits while he is in office.
Netherwood is looking to bring fiscal responsibility back to Washington while allowing for more personal freedoms of Americans. We have recently seen where Congress exempted itself from Obama Care which dovetails into Netherwood's statement, "By passing laws that force us to tailor our peaceful lives to the will of some bureaucrat thousands of miles away, our elected officials are telling us that we aren’t responsible enough to make decisions over our own lives. These are the same 'Do as I say, not as I do'..."
This past Friday, Mr. Netherwood came out with a position against Common Core with this statement:
"I am fundamentally opposed to the Federal government intruding into our lives where it has no business being. The Department of Education should be abolished. Education is not a Constitutionally sanctioned function, and therefore needs to be left to individuals and the states.
It is totally appropriate for municipalities, states, their educators, and parents to form one or more groups at state and national levels like the “US Chamber of Commerce.” Such groups would allow governors and state representatives, state PTA representatives, and others to build working relationships that could address educational goals, testing, teacher competency, et cetera. The money laundering of Federal taxation, and then trickling tax dollars back to states for “education,” has to end."
The Netherwood campaign is seeking to get over 2,300 signatures on petitions to get him on the ballot. His two opponents plan to pay the qualifying fee to be on the November, 2014 ballot. He is also seeking financial contributions to the campaign as well as volunteers to assist in several tasks.