Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County

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Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County
General Information
Jurisdiction: Miami-Dade County, Florida
Established: October 27, 2012
Status: Active
Officers
Chair: Marialexandra Garcia
Vice Chair: Martha Bueno
Secretary: Christian Sweeny
Treasurer: Dennis Misigoy
Executive Director: Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux
Media
Website: Website
Facebook: Facebook
Twitter: Twitter

Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County (or LPMDC) is an affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Created in 2012, the affiliate now counts over 1,500 voters.

The LPMDC, which covers the largest county in Florida, has elected 5 Libertarians in local offices and is one of the few affiliates in the state to operate out of a physical office, located in Miami, FL. Since April 2017, its Chair is Marialexandra Garcia, who also serves as an elected official on a local board.

Background

The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County (LPMDC) is a county affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida, which itself serves as a state arm for the Libertarian National Committee. The LPMDC serves the most populated county in Florida, Miami-Dade County, and attempts to influence local governments toward policies matching its platform.

Miami-Dade County is a large urban county with its government seat present in the City of Miami. As of 26 June 2018, it has 1,386,659 registered voters, including 581,212 Democrats, 367,548 Republicans, 1,612 Libertarians, and 432,684 voters with no party affiliation, setting the county as a solid Democratic stronghold during general elections.

Miami-Dade County has a central government led by a strong mayor elected on an at-large basis, and 13 County Commissioners, each elected in nonpartisan elections for four-year terms. The county is made of 34 municipalities with their own local governments, and 10 unincorporated areas with their own elected zoning boards.

Platform

The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County has incorporated the platforms of the Libertarian Party of Florida and the Libertarian Party, which are based on principles supporting a decrease in government power, reducing tax rates across the board, fighting against increased bureaucracy and red tape, ending the war on drugs, pushing for criminal justice reform, promoting free trade and a more liberal immigration system, while opposing government intervention in education, science, and other societal concepts.

On the local level, the party opposes Special Taxing Districts, including Community Development Districts and Business Improvement Districts, supports a loosening in zoning laws and opposes municipal annexation and incorporation of unincorporated areas. It also supports stricter rules on private-public partnerships, including requiring all leases of public lands to be made at a fair market rate and opposing the waivers of competitive bidding, a concept often and controversially used by Miami-Dade County and its municipalities.

The Platform of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is written by its Policy Committee and confirmed annually at the affiliate's Convention by attending members.

History

Organization

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is made of Precinct Delegates, who are elected every year in April by Libertarians living in individual precincts. Any individual registered to vote with the Libertarian Party of Florida according to state laws may run to be a Precinct Delegate. Among themselves, the Precinct Delegates elect the Officers, which are the Chair, Vice-Chair, Executive Director, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The Chair of the affiliate appoints each Committee Director. Precinct Delegates that do not serve as Officers join a Committee of their choice.

Communications Committee Elections Committee Finance Committee Lobbying Committee Outreach Committee Rules Committee
Marcos Miralles Joshua Curtis
Gustavo Lisogorsky Zachary Elliott
Phil Santa-Maria Christopher Martin Riquet Caballero Michael Sperber
Dennis Misigoy Lucia Lietsch
Andrew Goldsberry Phil Farinacci
Matthew Reibel Marc Golob
Christian Sweeny
Maxwell Getz

Elected Officials

  • Martha Bueno, West Kendall Community Councilwoman, 2019-2023
  • Keon Grayson, North Central Community Councilman, 2017-2019
  • Gary Gerstein, Fisher Island Community Councilman, 2015-2019
  • Jeremy Weinstock, South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, 2018-2022
  • Jose Vigoreaux, South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, 2018-2022
  • Dennis Misigoy, Enclave at Black Point Community Development District Supervisor, 2016-2020
  • Marialexandra Garcia, Islands at Doral (III) Community Development District Supervisor, 2016-2020
  • Clarence Strong, III, Coconut Cay Community Development District, Supervisor, 2018-2022

Former Elected Officials

  • Zachary K. Elliott, Coconut Grove Village Councilman, 2017-2018

List of Past Officers

Chair
Vice Chair
Secretary
Treasurer


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