The Tampa Bay Libertarian-based organization Liberty Takeover 2012 endorsed a number of candidates this past election cycle. This involved passing rigorous tests measuring each politician’s adherence to limited government, personal liberty and freedoms, and strict adherence to the United States Constitution. A large number of them participated in the Republican Primaries yesterday throughout Tampa Bay and the State of Florida.
These Liberty-oriented candidates campaigned against RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) that were in many cases multiple-term incumbents with large donations from special interest groups and endorsements from local newspapers. With all of the odds stacked against them, it is not a surprise that all but one of them were defeated in the elections. However, with all of the experience gained by Liberty Takeover 2012 and the candidates, everyone involved was a winner.
Highlights from yesterday’s primaries for Liberty Takeover 2012 candidates
Jason Sager was the lone winner out of the Liberty Takeover 2012 group. Though initial results in the race for Hernando County Commission showed Jason Sager actually tied John Druzbick with 6,507 votes each, the recount on Wednesday gave Sager eight votes, and allowed him to claim the victory in that election. This was the only win for the Liberty Takeover 2012 candidates. However, several of the candidates received 25% or more in the elections. One of these candidates was Joe Wicker, who garnered 38% of the vote in his quest to become a State House of Representative that covers part of Hillsborough County. Another example is, Sharon Calvert received 37% of the vote for the District Two Seat on the Hillsborough County Commission against the incumbent candidate Victor Crist. John Lindsey, who was running against John Wood for State District 41 Representative, received almost 35% of the votes.
Don Stephenson, who ran against long-time incumbent Joanna Hurley, garnered 32% of the votes in that election. David Bouldac, who campaigned for the seat held by Kathleen Passidomo in District 106 of the Florida House of Representatives, received over 27% of the vote. Also receiving at least 25% of the vote was Daryle Hamel of Pinellas County, who earned a little over 25% of the vote over the establishment backed candidate Frank Farkas. Finally, Jeremy Bosso from the panhandle area of Florida received 25% of the vote in his election for the Florida State House.
The battle has just begun for liberty in Tampa Bay, Florida, and America
There will be numerous elections upcoming this November when Liberty Takeover 2012 has endorsed Libertarian, Independent, and Non-Party-Affiliated candidates, so the organization’s work is far from over for this election cycle. The group has also learned from the experiences gained from these recent elections as to prepare more efficiently and effectively before the next primary and election cycle comes around. To learn more about Liberty Takeover 2012, visit its website and Facebook page. For more complete results on Tuesday, 14 August Republican Primary results, click here and here for all of the vote totals from all of the counties around Florida.