On March 5th, the Libertarian Party of Indian River County formally became an affiliate of the Libertarian Party. Indian River has been for a long time in dire need of an affiliate and thanks to local Libertarians stepping up to the plate, it will now have a group dedicated to registering new voters and getting Libertarians elected into office.
This week, two of the new leaders of the Indian River County affiliate publicly endorsed Marcos Miralles for Chairman of the LPF. On March 7th, Steve McKnight, its new Secretary, announced on Facebook, "After deliberation, I'm openly endorsing Marcos Miralles for LPF Chair."
The day after, Shawn Elliott, who was selected as the first Chairman of the affiliate, posted:
Up late researching and I have made my decision.
These endorsements are added to the list of elected officials, state and county leaders, and longtime party activists who have supported Marcos's campaign to be the next Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Marcos Diego Marrero, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Osceola County, endorsed Marcos Miralles for Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida as yet another sign that the campaign's momentum is rising less than two months prior to the State Convention.
In an official statement on social media, Mr. Marrero said:
I would like to take a moment and openly endorse @Marcos Miralles for Chairperson of the Libertarian Party of Florida. He has shown that he will move the party forward into 2017 while leaving old gripes in the past. He understands that constant communication is what will help grow the party within Florida and across the nation. I have much respect for our current chair but feel that it is time for a change. Hope to see many of you at this years convention.
Mr. Marrero had originally remained neutral in the race for Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida. But the large coalition of supporters and the positive campaign of Marcos Miralles helped him make a decision prior to the Convention.
On Saturday evening, Marcos Miralles will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet with several Libertarian leaders from Orange, Seminole, Citrus, and Osceola Counties.
Just two weeks ago, David Leavitt, former leader in the Libertarian Party of Seminole County and former Libertarian candidate for State House - D29, endorsed Marcos Miralles for Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, adding to Marcos's list of endorsements yet a new name.
To continue his momentum in North Central Florida, Marcos will be hosting a meet-and-greet with Libertarians from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties this Saturday, March 4th, at 5PM. The details of the event can be found here.
On Wednesday, the Libertarian Party of Marion County will host a phone conference with Marcos Miralles. Members of the Marion County and surrounding affiliates are welcome to attend and ask questions on what is Marcos's plan to grow the Libertarian Party in Central Florida, get Libertarians elected in local positions, assist the growth of local affiliates, and recruit new members throughout the area.
On January 24th, Marcos Miralles started his statewide tour for his campaign for Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, hitting the ground in Jacksonville. On February 18th, Miralles continued by hosting a Meet-and-Greet with Region 8 Representative Stacey Selleck and the Libertarian Parties of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties.
In between both events, Marcos's campaign received a series of strong endorsements from local and state leaders that have boosted up his attempt to make it a campaign of unity and progress.
The first one came from Heather Schieferle Preysz, a longtime party activist who once served on the State Party's Executive Committee as Region 7 Representative and who recently worked as Florida's Events Coordinator for the Gary Johnson for President campaign. In a post on social media following the Jacksonville event, she said:
Excellent evening with The Libertarian Party of Duval County tonight. I would like to formally announce my endorsement of Marcos Miralles for LPF Chair.
The following week, two Officers from the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County, Treasurer Lisa Crosby and Secretary Josh Curtis, publicly announced their support for Marcos. Secretary Curtis, who has served since 2015, said:
I am endorsing Marcos Miralles for Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida. For nearly two years I have been fortunate to have served next to Marcos on the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County. I have gotten to know Marcos on a professional and personal level. Marcos is dedicated, knowledgeable and approachable. He has done a phenomenal job as a spokesman for our affiliate, he has appeared in the Miami Herald, Univision, CNN Latino, Mundo FOX, Telemundo, WLRN/PBS, and NBC News to discuss Libertarian activities in Miami-Dade County. Our membership has exploded thanks to Marcos’s leadership, his efforts have led to a membership growth of almost 45%, from 1,053 in 2015 when taking office to 1,460 in November 2016. He garnered 4,000 votes against the incumbent when he ran for city council in the city of Hialeah. He has a tremendous media presence, he’ll grow the party’s numbers, and he’ll provide valuable advice for those running for office. Simply put, Marcos gets things done. He has a proven track record and is my choice for Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Meanwhile, Treasurer Crosby posted her endorsement on social media:
When I first meet Marcos Miralles I saw a determined young man who has worked hard to make The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County what it is today. Marcos continues to amaze me with the courage he has to speak out in front of thousands about what he believes in and to keep going the extra mile to make people understand.
Finally, on Saturday, D'ara Klein Cantle, who recently ended her long tenure as Vice-Chairwoman of the Libertarian Party of Lake County, also pledged her support for Marcos Miralles, asking her friends to support him at the convention in May.
As time quickly runs down to the State Convention, it seems more and more likely every day that Marcos will arrive in Cocoa Beach with a strong support from delegates.
On Saturday, Marcos Miralles started his statewide tour to campaign for the chairmanship of the Libertarian Party of Florida and bring a positive message of unity and progress to the libertarian movement in the Sunshine State.
As part of his campaign events, he had breakfast with Regional Representative James Chipman and held a Meet-and-Greet with leaders from the Duval and Bradford Counties Libertarian Parties.
At the event, Marcos announced Mr. Chipman as his Vice-Chairman pick, selecting him as his running mate to bring a path of success and organization to the Libertarian Party of Florida.
In a statement, Mr. Chipman said:
I am excited to be running with someone I admire for his dedication to liberty. We agree to reach across both aisles to look for our common ground and issues. We compliment each other's strengths.
Marcos Miralles and James Chipman will be travelling the state between now and May, when they will both be candidates for Chair and Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
The Libertarian Party of Florida has the potential of becoming a major political force in the Sunshine State. That's why Marcos wants to get to work on Day One, as soon as he is elected Chair.
The election will be a great opportunity to put the party on track for progress, success, and unity. To that effect, Marcos is releasing his schedule for his first day as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Clearly, not all measures are set in stone, but all will be fought for, debated, and negotiated as soon as a new leadership takes over the state party.
These measures emphasize cooperation between the Chair and the Regional Representatives and sets the first steps to creating a party budget, working committees with crucial assignments, and a more transparent system for the party to operate under.
While campaigning to be the next Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Marcos also continues his efforts to spread the libertarian message to South Florida media. In that effort, he appeared on America TeVe, one of the state's largest Hispanic TV channel, to talk about the party's response to current events surrounding the new Trump administration.
Marcos commented on Neil Gorsuch's appointment, Rex Tillerson's confirmation as Secretary of State, and Miami-Dade County's sanctuary county status loss.
In one instance, he questioned the real purpose of President Trump's Muslim Ban, wondering why Saudi Arabia, whose nationals participated in the 9/11 attacks, was not part of the list of countries blacklisted by the Trump administration.
Marcos Miralles has announced he would use his media contacts to benefit the Libertarian Party of Florida and give a media market base to all major regions of Florida if elected as Chairman in May.
Oscar F. Gallego has been involved in the Libertarian Party since he was putting yard signs and going door-to-door for Adrian Wyllie's campaign for Governor in 2014. Since then, he has kept a permanent position in the party, first helping to write the governing documents of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County and then moving forward to becoming the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Broward County.
Mr. Gallego, on Tuesday, chose to jump on the train of change and endorsed Marcos Miralles to be the next Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. On a post in social media, the Secretary said:
2017 is going to be one of the most important years for our Libertarian Party of Florida. We are going to decide whether we let division take over or whether we unify to build a strong political force that will get people elected.
Oscar Gallego is also currently running for Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Broward County. The current chair, Alex Vidal, has announced he would not seek a new term and has also endorsed Marcos Miralles.
On Monday, Marcos Miralles received a new endorsement from a longtime party activist who has volunteered hundreds of hours for Libertarian causes in Pinellas County.
John "JD" Pierce, a self-described right-wing libertarian who once wrote a paper on the Paleoconservative case for Gary Johnson, announced in a post:
I endorse Marcos Miralles for Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, a vote which will be determined at the Convention in May in Cocoa Beach, Florida. As might be expected from me by now, I will not hide my reasons.
Mr. Pierce is an attorney that serves Western Florida. He has served in the past as a Regional Representative. He will be seeking this year the opportunity to serve the Libertarians of Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Hernando Counties as Region 8 Representative.
Marcos Miralles and JD Pierce will be hosting an event together on February 18th.
As the campaign for the chairmanship of the Libertarian Party of Florida is heating up, a new alliance will be announced when Marcos Miralles announced who will be running with him to be the next Vice-Chairperson of the LPF.
The Vice-Chair of the state party is an extremely important position and only a true leader that knows the details of how every committee works can assume that position.
Although a short-list of candidates did exist at some point, the campaign is proud of having remained with the best choice on top of that list since the beginning. The two candidates will be making an announcement together on February 4th.