Darcy Richardson, author, historian, and presidential candidate for the Democratic and Reform Parties, is now officially on the ballot for governor of Florida in 2018 as the Reform Party candidate. Richardson’s candidacy would also be the first time a Reform candidate has ran in the gubernatorial election since 2006, where Max Linn ran and won 3rd place with 92,000 votes. This time, the Reform Party will be trying to seize the great potential of the 2018 election cycle, with lackluster candidates from the GOP and the Democratic Party, as well as no other third party candidates on the ballot.
Richardson, who lives in Jacksonville, is a familiar name to many activists and political junkies across the nation. Besides serving as the campaign manager for former U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s, D-Minn., independent presidential campaign in 1988, Richardson is an expert on third-party politics, having written a multi-volume history on them and he also writes in various media outlets.
In 2016, Richardson ran for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination but he came up short at the convention, losing to businessman Rocky De La Fuente who has run in more than a half dozen states in various U.S. Senate contests this year.
“The party… seems like a good match and is certainly worth preserving,” Richardson emailed Independent Political Report which broke the news of his 2016 presidential bid. “Each of us, I suppose, must bear witness for the times in which we live. In the irrational age of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — with the country’s leading nationally-organized third party playing the role of apologist for the presumptive Democratic nominee while trying to gain the establishment’s blessing — a Reform Party candidacy begins to make some sense.”