As we reported, Florida Libertarians continue to make in-roads heading into the 2014 elections. The latest to break through the glass “polling” ceiling is Lucas Overby, a 27-year-old, commercial diving supervisor, who is running for Congress. Overby is a Libertarian candidate, running for the United States House of Representatives, for Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District and in the latest poll is pulling 31% of voter support.
The lack of a Democratic candidate has given Overby a new sense of hope in the race, which will be decided in November. Overby is running against current U.S. Representative, Republican David Jolly.
When asked about the difference between his platform and Jolly’s, Overby said that he and his opponent are practically night and day, and that they have opposite views on nearly every issue, from guns rights to immigration.
“There are a lot of social issues going on at the State level,” Overby tells Benswann.com. He listed medical marijuana, gay marriage, and tax reforms among the hot topics he would be confronting along the campaign trail. Overby added that he will also be “looking for a way to find a middle ground with the constituents who want an increase in the minimum wage.”
In his experience, Overby has found that his broad Libertarian views have worked to his advantage when it comes to relating to the voters in his area. “While not every constituent is going to agree with me 100%, most do find that they have more in common with me than they do with my opponent, especially when it comes to social issues.”
Overby currently works full time as a commercial diving supervisor, and he has found that his involvement in the community has helped him relate to his voters. Overby explained on his website, “I offer a completely different point of view from my opponents and I think it’s a vantage point desperately needed in DC. I come from a world that starts before the sun is up and ends long after it goes down. I have worked with just about every major industry in our state, every regulatory body, and learned what’s broken in our system by actually working under it.”
The most recent poll shows that while Overby is trailing Jolly by a margin of 47%-31%, a whopping 22% of likely voters in the 13th Congressional District are still undecided. Overby said that most of these constituents are Democrats and Independents, and that he is working to reach out to them, and to make it known that he is willing to work with them.
Overby has found that his efforts are working, and he said, “A lot of our early endorsements have come from local Democrats.”
When looking back at where he started, Lucas Overby tells Benswann.com that he and his team have made a lot of progress. “We have been on the campaign trail for a little over a year now, with a small, but very dedicated team of volunteers,” explained Overby. “We entered into the special election, only spending $8,000 in a $50 million race, and coming out on the other side of that, with the numbers that we have now, goes to show the validity of the platform, and, at the same time, the validity of tenacious volunteers.”
“We are very happy with our numbers and very much looking forward to a win in November.”