Even though Gary Johnson didn’t make the cut for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, residents of Florida’s First Coast can hear the Libertarian message, as VP candidate William Weld will hold a “town hall” event Thursday evening at Jacksonville University.
The Weld event, to take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Davis School of Business, will be moderated by J.U. Public Policy Institute Director Rick Mullaney.
The Johnson/Weld ticket, despite being up to 13 percent in a few polls nationally, has yet to break double digits in Florida. A recent CNN poll shows the Libertarian ticket at a modest 6 percent, which if it holds, nonetheless would be the strongest showing by a Libertarian candidate on a statewide ballot.
In the 2014 race for governor, Adrian Wyllie drew 3.8 percent of the vote.
Weld’s appearance in Jacksonville will have been the second appearance by someone on a national ticket in less than a week.
Sunday morning, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence visits First Baptist Church in Downtown Jacksonville, an appearance sure to find favor with the well-connected, socially conservative congregation, whose members wield power throughout Jacksonville.