CORTEZ -- Adrian Wyllie stood bathed in colorful lights on a small stage Wednesday evening at The Swordfish Grill.
During a brief campaign speech, the Libertarian candidate for Florida governor thanked supporters and spoke against the two-party system, which he said has proven "over and over again" it no longer represents Floridians.
Wyllie's campaign event, attended by roughly 50 people, was organized by the Libertarian Party of Manatee County.
"People are ready for economic freedom and individual liberty. People are ready for smaller government -- government out of our wallets, out of our bedroom, out of our bodies and out of our business," he said, "and that's what I'm happy to do."
Another gubernatorial candidate, Charlie Crist, was stumping Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Sarasota. Even so, Wyllie deliv
ered a humorous jab at his opponents' whereabouts.
"Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are both here this evening -- Charlie Crist is standing over by the fan and Rick Scott's refusing to come in the building," he said.
The small crowd erupted in laughter.
Wyllie asked for "one last push" and encouraged everyone to spread the word to anyone still on the fence to vote for him Tuesday.
Inside the restaurant, a table was set up with campaign brochures, literature and big signs in support of Wyllie. Yellow Post-its on the table read: "Who is Adrian Wyllie?"
Parrish resident James Ray said he was glad to vote for a person and not against other people.
"I think Rick Scott is a snake and Charlie Crist is a chameleon, and you can quote me on that," he said.
Rene Bannigan of Northwest Bradenton said she supports Wyllie because he gives the voice back to the people.
"The beliefs that we should absolutely be able to have a choice, have a decision, have a third party. ... it's not right or left. We need middle of the road," she said.
Bannigan said she supports legalized medical marijuana as does Wyllie.
If elected governor, Wyllie said he would install a web cam in his office so meetings with lobbyists, legislators or special interest groups could be streamed live for the public.
"I'm going to introduce real transparency," he said.
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.