[UPDATE: Riquet Caballero signed his Treasurer appointment form on May 3, 2018, and was filed with the State of Florida’s Division of Elections on May 9, 2018.]
Yesterday, the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) announced it would have a gubernatorial primary between Randy Wiseman and Cuban-born Riquet Caballero; however, as of this morning, Florida’s official candidate listing does not have Caballero as a candidate. It is unusual for a political campaign to have a website up and running without filing with the State of Florida. We will know for sure if there will be a primary after qualification ends on June 22, 2018. If there is a primary, it will be alongside the Democratic and Republican parties on August 28, 2018.
Cabellero says Libertarians should lead in recapturing the state from over-sized and over a corrupt government. “I was born in Cuba. I saw first hand the tragedy of big government dictatorship, and I have witnessed the beauty of capitalism on our side of the water,” says Caballero.
“Having a primary is an exciting moment for the Libertarian Party of Florida. Tens of thousands of otherwise disenfranchised voters will be able to come out and participate in the August primary,” said Marcos Miralles, LPF Chairman. “The decision on who will represent us in this Gubernatorial Election is now in the hands of the voters. But whoever wins this primary is certain to be the best choice for all voters who wish to make Florida an environment for people to thrive.”
Nationally, the Libertarian Party has experienced extraordinary growth over the last 10 years. Its Florida affiliate, the LPF, has also experienced similar growth in both membership and registered voters. As voters have become disinterested in the two older political parties, they are seeking refuge with the Libertarian Party, especially millennials.