Libertarian and Independent Candidate
for Florida State House of Representatives (District 28) - Year 2012
Not Beholden to Party Politics!
My name is
Franklin Perez, and
I am running for the Florida State House of Representatives (District 28) with a Libertarian platform in the November 2010 election. I'd very much like the honor and privilege of representing you in Tallahassee.
I am 48 years old, a homeowner in Seminole County and Florida House District 28,
and work 40+ hours per week as a Software Engineer.
I have a Bachelor of Science
in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and
a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia
Institute of Technology. You may view my
resume to get a better idea as to
my educational and work experience background.
I believe that as a political candidate, my job is
not to just blindly say
what you want to hear just to
but, instead, is to tell you the general philosophy that I will
use to guide me in my decisions as a Florida State Representative in the Florida Legislature.
And to follow that philosophy consistently. By knowing my general
philosophy, you as a voter will have a very good idea as to
how I will stand on
any issue. I also will not pretend that
I know everything and should know everything.
So, what is my philosophy? In one word:
My political philosophy is
pro-individual rights and pro-free market.
If elected Florida State House Representative for District 28,
shall work to pass laws that are pro-individual rights and
pro-free market, and I shall also work to repeal any laws
that are anti-individual rights or anti-free market.
If my political philosophy is Libertarian, why did I not run in years 2006 and 2008 as a Libertarian Party candidate?
It had to do with (a) anti-Hispanic remarks made to me by an ex-Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Seminole County Florida while I was the Vice-Chairman of that affiliate and (b) the un-Libertarian attitude - and thus hypocrisy - shown by the leadership of the Libertarian Parties of Seminole County and Florida. I encourage everyone to read more about this at the
http://www.fperez1776.com/fperez_2008/why_npa_eng.html hyperlink for details.
I am a strong believer that most government services,
with the possible exception of police & court system services,
should be privatized (i.e., at the very least be contracted
out to a private for-profit firm to perform) because the
private sector tends to be more cost-effective than the
public sector. So, my general philosophy towards privatization
of any current government service is as follows in order of
- Competing private firms, without government involvement,
except perhaps minimal licensing; service paid directly by
customer(s) willing to hire private firm to perform the service.
- Several private firms assigned to exclusive sections (i.e,
special districts) of the state and paid by their customers.
In other words, a private firm is given an exclusive franchise
to perform a certain needed service within a certain geographical
area (i.e, special district). The private firm is chosen by the
Florida State legislators, my least favorite method, or voted upon
by the voters within the special district.
- A single firm hired and paid by the state to perform some
My approach towards making or repealing laws -
to the pro-individual rights, pro-free market
is to look elsewhere
to see if it has been done before successfully. If it has, try
to copy it as much as possible. Chances are very likely that it's
been done before successfully somewhere at one time or another.
If I cannot find a way to implement some law along the
pro-free market philosophy, then common sense dictates to
leave things as they currently exist.
I intend to use the Internet heavily & as the primary means
information about my candidacy & in communicating with the
public at large due to its low cost & ease in reaching thousands
of people at once.
I invite everyone to follow my candidacy & to have an
equal ongoing electronic discussion relating to my candidacy
& my positions on the issues by going to the
SemCountyLibs Yahoo Group.
I shall use this discussion group extensively to get feedback
from people who have good ideas on implementing Florida State government
pro-free market philosophy.
The following list constitutes my first priority of business
if elected Florida State House Representative for District 28. Wherever possible, I
shall note concrete examples and implementation ideas via
I will vote:
For a Pure School Voucher System for grades K - 12: Would involve phasing out gradually our Public School System and let private for-profit schools teach youngsters; parents would use School Voucher towards ANY private school of their choice.
School Voucher Details...
To Support Fair Tax: Proposed change to the federal tax laws of the United States intended to replace all federal income taxes with a single broad national consumption tax on retail sales.
Fair Tax Details (1)...
Fair Tax Details (2)...
- To Decriminalize or Legalize all activities amongst
consenting adults classified as Victimless Crimes that are currently
illegal. Police should concentrate on catching REAL criminals, not individuals (a) pursuing their right to happiness and (b) that are not violating the rights of other individuals.
For Access to Affordable Health Care via Sensible Free Market and Deregulation Reforms:
- For Access to Affordable Home Insurance via Sensible Free Market and Deregulation Reforms.
Home Insurance Free Market Reforms Details...
- To Ensure that Insurance Companies Pay Benefits Customers are Entitled Under Their Contracts:
- Use power of state to ensure that Insurance Carriers' financial resources pay legitimate claims.
- Insurers that fail to pay legitimate customer claims should be charged criminally.
To Protect and Preserve Private Property Rights:
To preserve and strengthen your Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms (i.e., Gun Rights):
Gun Rights Details...
- Remove Conceal Carry License Requirement: This would legally allow
private citizens to carry a concealed firearm or weapon for self-defense
purposes in Florida WITHOUT the need to apply for a Florida Conceal Carry License but still retain the Florida Conceal Carry License system to allow Florida Conceal Carry License holders to carry a concealed firearm or weapon in states where Florida has reciprocity agreements. Vermont has no Conceal Carry License requirement.
Alaska has legally allowed individuals to carry a conceal firearm
WITHOUT the requirement to obtain a Conceal Carry License; it still retains
the old Conceal Carry License system in case Alaska Conceal Carry License holders wish to carry a
concealed firearm in states where Alaska has reciprocity agreements.
- Allow for more (i.e., expand) places where individuals may legally carry a concealed firearm or weapon for self-defense purposes. Currently even individuals with a valid Conceal Carry License may not carry a concealed weapon or firearm in places such as bars, professional athletic events, etc.
- For Pro-Choice: Support Woman's Right to Abortion but without taxpayer funding.
- To Support Civil Unions amongst consenting adults of same sex with same rights as Married individuals of different sex, but keep definition of Marriage between a Man and Woman.
- Consenting adults have the right to pursue their own happiness, including agreeing to a lifetime commitment with another consenting adult regardless of whether the partner is of the same or different sex.
- For Law Enforcement Accountability Act to deal with Police Abuse and Harassment:
Police Accountability Details...
- Current Civilian Review Boards have no real power. All they can do is make recommendations; thus, there is, to an extremely large extent, no accountability by police officers because police departments police themselves.
- Would require the formation of Civilian Review Boards to oversee State, County, and City police departments with the full power to independently investigate, discipline, and terminate problem police officers.
- To support free-market principles as follows:
- Advocate Florida Constitutional Amendment that would state the following: "There shall be a Separation of State and Economics. The government may not abridge the freedom of production and trade."
- End taxpayer subsidies to large corporations. This includes not bailing out failing institutions with political connections to the tune of $700+ billion taxpayer dollars.
- Cut excessive personal & business regulations.
- Minimal to no taxation to help foster economic growth for all businesses.
- Oppose ALL Bailouts funded by government!
- For private solutions to
transportation problems. For example, get state government out of the long-distance highway road
business: Move to privatize long-haul highways from the state to
private companies charging tolls; let private companies build long-haul highways with NO taxpayer money, and allow them to charge tolls.
- For Right-to-Die Law: Similar to the one in Oregon, that gives terminally ill adults the right to choose a dignified, pain-free, humane death with the help from their doctors.
Right-to-Die (Compassion & Choices) Details ...
- For Alimony Reform Law (as advocated by the Alliance For Freedom From Alimony organization):
Alimony Reform Details...
- Once a marriage is dissolved, one
party should not be held in virtual peonage for life by paying LIFETIME
alimony to his/her former spouse.
- Limit alimony awards to three years and cap them to no more than 25% of take home pay or $2500.
I very much need your monetary help. For all those that believe in (a) limited government, (b) free markets, and (c) individual rights and liberties, I am your voice in the Florida State House of Representatives.
If anyone would like to contribute monetarily to my campaign, you may do so by mailing a check to the following address:
Franklin Perez Campaign Account
4250 Alafaya Trail, #212-170
Oviedo, Florida 32765
Please make the check payable to "Franklin Perez Campaign Account". Please also note your occupation; this information is required under current Campaign Finance Laws.
A campaign contribution of $25 or more entitles you to receive the following:
1) An "Elect Franklin Perez for State House" bumper sticker.
2) An "Elect Franklin Perez for State House" calendar, where each month in the calendar contains a different Libertarian political position of mine.
Source: Orlando Weekly article of July 10-16, 2008 entitled "Might Makes Right: Who polices the Orlando police? They do. That's the problem" which you may view at the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SemCountyLibs/message/1888 hyperlink.
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