On August 30th, the Libertarian Party of Florida will host its first-ever statewide primary to choose the party's nominee in the general election for the U.S. Senate seat currently being held by Senator Marco Rubio.
Augustus Invictus, an attorney from Orlando, and Paul Stanton, an Iraq War veteran from Deland, have both qualified to appear on the Libertarian primary ballot. And the competition promises to be productive and heated.
Miami-Dade County is the second county with the most registered Libertarian voters in Florida, behind only Pinellas County. As such, the candidates have started organizing themselves to court the near 1,200 Libertarians of Miami and its suburbs to help them win the nomination.
Robert Fernandez, former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County and current Precinct Delegate, has been recruited by the Stanton campaign as a Policy Adviser. Fernandez promises to bring his contacts and his networking skills to the table.
Meanwhile, Keon Grayson, the newly-elected Libertarian Community Councilman from North Central, has endorsed Augustus Invictus and is leading the charge to get precinct leaders to campaign on behalf of Mr. Invictus.
The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is planning on hosting events for both candidates. Mr. Invictus has already done two trips to the south to rally support among Libertarians and to register new voters. Mr. Stanton is still to plan an event around Miami.
As the primary date nears, Miami-Dade County Libertarians will be experiencing on a more frequent basis the importance of this primary for the future of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
- Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux,