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Johnson-RichardMolekFORT MYERS, Fla. (July 31, 2016): Libertarian U.S. Senatorial candidate Paul Stanton landed another key endorsement this weekend. His campaign momentum continues ahead of an unprecedented Florida Libertarian primary on Aug. 30 against fellow candidate Augustus Invictus.

Richard Molek—the Chair of the Lee County LP affiliate—gave his endorsement to Stanton when the candidate attended the ‘Saturday for Sanity’ event in Fort Myers. Molek quickly went to social media and said Stanton “had his vote” but joked that after taking a photo with him, it would be the last time he stood for a picture next to the taller Stanton.

“I appreciate Mr. Molek’s support, even if he doesn’t want to stand next to me in pictures ever again,” Stanton joked.

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Along with Molek’s individual endorsement, Stanton has received five other affiliate endorsements statewide. This includes Florida’s largest affiliate in Pinellas, which endorsed him at its July meeting. Also, Broward County, Volusia County, Northwest Florida (includes Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and surrounding counties) and Collier County have endorsed. This weekend, Stanton traveled through south Florida, hitting events in Dade County, Collier County and Lee.

“I am grateful to Paul for his willingness to run, and to provide Florida Libertarians with a reasonable option in the US Senate race,” Molek said. “He seems to be a thoughtful person, who while fully supporting the Libertarian Party platform, is willing to extend the conversation to include various perspectives to ensure that liberty advances in the end.”

The winner of the Aug. 30 Libertarian primary will move on to the Nov. general election to likely face off against Republican incumbent and former Presidential candidate Marco Rubio, as well as the Democrat primary winner. In only three states will there be Libertarian primaries this year for U.S. Senate or U.S. House—Florida (Stanton-Invictus), Missouri (Senate) and Alaska (House seat).

Paul Stanton is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, receiving his honorable discharge as a Sergeant. Following his service, he became an outspoken Libertarian activist. He currently resides in DeLand working in computer programming and data analytics. The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States and the Libertarian presidential candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson, will be on the ballot in all 50 states. The LP is committed to free-market principles, civil rights, personal freedom, non-interventionism, less government intervention, peace and free trade. Stanton also received endorsements at the Libertarian National Convention in May from LP presidential candidates Johnson, Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, John McAfee and Darryl Perry, as well as Vice-Presidential candidate, Governor Bill Weld.