Original Candidates Endorsed by Johnson

Candidates Endorsed by Johnson

The following individuals and initiatives have been endorsed by Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray. Click on each name for more information.


James McDermott for United States House of Representatives, Alaska

James writes, “A little about myself: I have a best friend & wife named Janet. We have a blended family consisting of seven children, and a baker’s dozen of wonderful grandchildren. I came to Alaska in January of 1991 and knew immediately that this was home. My educational background consists of a B.S. in Occupational Education with an emphasis in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University. Additionally, I have a M.S. in Business Organizational Management with a concentration in Information Technology from the University of La Verne. I’m presently working for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks as a business instructor. I'm also faculty adviser for the Associated Students of Business, and a volunteer SCORE counselor. I’m a retired Senior NCO, United States Air Force with 22 years of service to my country.”

Gary Johnson says, Jim will bring strong qualifications representing the good people of Alaskan. He is the absolute best choice for Alaskans! Be Libertarian with me just this once – Vote for James McDermott for the United States House of Representatives!”

James McDermott, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because he sees the values of free markets and less government intrusion tinkering with our free market concept.”


Rodger Paxton for Arkansas House of Representatives, 51st District
Debbie Standiford for Arkansas House of Representatives, 28th District

Debbie writes, “We lose more and more freedoms each time our legislature meets. Every politician thinks they can solve our problems with more laws and more regulations. They can't. They can only reduce your freedoms. That's why I don't want to be a politician. I want to be part of the solution... by not proposing any new legislation. I will ONLY propose the repeal of old, over-reaching laws and vote against the inevitable new legislation that is proposed every two years. Because we need more freedom, more faith in ourselves, and less faith in our politicians.”

Governor Johnson says, “Debrah Standiford will work to shrink government and return your freedoms by ONLY proposing repeals and by voting against the inevitable new legislation that is proposed every two years. Be Libertarian with me. Vote for Debrah Standiford!

Debrah Standiford, “I endorse Gary Johnson because he has an excellent track record of proving that he truly understands and fully supports the libertarian principle of freedom and minimal government.”


Joe Pamelia for United States House of Representatives, Arizona, 4th District
Joe Cobb for United States House of Representatives, Arizona, 7th District

Joe Cobb earned an A.B. degree from The University of Chicago in 1966, and an M.B.A from the Chicago Booth School of Business in 1977. In the 1980s he held various positions in the federal government including serving as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Policy Information responsible for preparation of briefing papers on immediate-news issues for senior White House staff; as an Economic Advisor with the U.S. Mission to the O.A.S., U.S. Department of State; as an Economist reporting to Congressman Ron Paul; as a Senior Economist for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee reporting to Senator James Abdnor; and as a Senior Economist for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee detailed to Senator Steve Symms. In the early 1990s he served as Staff Director for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, reporting to Senator William V. Roth, and as the Chief Economist, Republican Policy Committee, U.S. Senate reporting to Senator Don Nickles. From 1993-96 Joe was the John M. Olin Senior Fellow, at The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. where he authored or co-authored 12 Heritage Foundation papers, contributed chapters to five books, and published more than 50 op-ed articles. He has testified before Congress on U.S. trade policy (5 times) and regulatory issues (3 times); provided policy advice upon request to many members of Congress and several hundred congressional staff members. Joe has also appeared on more than 100 radio and television programs as “expert guest” on the federal budget, taxes, government regulations, and the U.S. economy; continues to be interviewed by journalists regularly and has been cited or quoted in newspapers and magazines more than 400 times.”

Governor Johnson says, “Joe Cobb has the free market as well as the human value ideas that Arizona and the entire nation need in these troubled times. Be Libertarian with me just this once and Vote for Joe Cobb!”

Joe Cobb, “I endorse Johnson/Gray because we need honest leaders based in the principles of Liberty in Washington, DC now more than ever.”


Randy Luallin for United States House of Representatives, Colorado 2nd District
Josh Gilliland for United States House of Representatives, Colorado 4th District
Larry Reedy for Colorado State House of Representatives, Colorado 15th District
Brett Halbert for Colorado State House of Representatives, Colorado 32nd District
Chris Grundemann for Colorado State Senate, 4th District
Michele Poague for Colorado State Senate, 29th District
Matthew Webber for Colorado House of Representatives, 12th District
Matthew Hess for County Commissioner, Douglas County, Colorado, 2nd District

Matthew writes, “I was born in Wisconsin, raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended college in Evansville. I have been a resident of Colorado since 1998, currently reside in Littleton and work for a small business that makes software for construction companies. My career as a technologist has taken me across the spectrum of computer technology as a system administrator, programmer and network engineer. This experience uniquely positions me to be knowledgeable in regard to votes on national technology issues and bills such as SOPA, PIPA and other threats to technology and the people’s privacy and rights. I received the Presidential Volunteer Service award in 2011 for my work with local Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops in Aurora. As a former longtime Republican I have become disenfranchised with the two party system and have entered the race as a Libertarian because it more accurately reflects my belief in small cost-effective government and the unalienable rights of citizens.”

Gary Johnson says, “Matthew Hess will bring Libertarian principles to the Commissioner's Board in Douglas County. His principles-first approach is what Douglas County needs to eliminate harmful anti-business regulations and permit requirements. Be Libertarian with me. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Matthew Hess!”

Matthew Hess, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they recognize that social and economic freedom are intertwined and indivisible and they seek to eliminate oppressive, un-Constitutional government regulations and control over both.”


Robert Lombardo for United States House of Representatives, Connecticut 5th District

Robert writes, “My name is Robert and I live in Brookfield with my beautiful wife. I attended North Haven High School and graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business, with majors in operations management, procurement management, and marketing. I’ve worked for an industrial manufacturer here in Connecticut for the past 8 years. On a typical day I spend a lot of time dealing with matters related to imports and exports, such as NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Like so many, I am fed up with the corruption and irresponsibility of our elected officials in Washington DC. I firmly believe in the principles of liberty on which this great country was founded and I have no intention of letting our government turn its back on them (as it has been doing). If I am given the honor of representing my district in Congress I will fight to free us from the tyranny of the monetary scientists who make the rich richer and the poor poorer, from the abuse of the well-to-do central planners who stifle our economic growth, and from the oppression of the insecure big government autocrats who sacrifice our civil liberties in the name of “security”, “tradition”, or whatever other excuse they have to manipulate the public.”

Gary Johnson says, “Robert Lombardo will represent Connecticut’s 5th District with a firm belief in the philosophy of liberty. He understands the grave threats posed by the welfare state and the Federal Reserve. He is prepared to deal with our real economic problems and has the courage to resist letting them continue to grow to be faced more desperately by our children. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Robert Lombardo!”

Robert Lombardo, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because Governor Johnson truly believes and is able to demonstrate from practical experience that our principles of maximum freedom and minimum government are essential for a peaceful and prosperous nation.”


Margaret Melson for Delaware House of Representatives, 14th District
Will McVay for Delaware House of Representatives, 32nd District
Andrew R. Goff for the United States Senate for Delaware
Scott Gesty for United States House of Representatives
Ronnie Lee Fitzgerald for Delaware State House of Representatives, District 35

Ronnie writes, “The bailouts were a mistake. These companies should have gone through a structured bankruptcy like any other business. Throwing money at poorly managed companies is like using Band-Aids for stitches. It only slows down the bleeding. Why does the government pick winners and losers? They own 26% of GM at around $53 a share, it's trading at $20. That leaves the tax payers holding the loss of over 16 billion dollars. If Obama wins, are you ready for this tax burden, too? “I believe that marriage is a contract between two consenting adults and the government should not be involved at all. Religious and personal beliefs must succumb to the Guarantees given to all in the U.S. Constitution. All men are created equal and should have equal rights regardless of sex, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious or political opinions. The Federal and State governments should not promote discrimination and serve all citizens equally and fairly.

“The war on Americans has to be stopped. There is no room for these sort of policies and actions in a free society. If elected, I will push to decriminalize drugs and the release of all minor drug offenders from prison. The current policies destroy families, clog our court systems and prisons, waste billions of dollars and is responsible for thousands of deaths. We as a civil, caring society must promote treatment strategies instead of being an 'Incarceration Nation'.”

Governor Johnson says, “Ronnie Fitzgerald is the best candidate for the 35th District of Delaware. He believes in maximum freedom, minimum taxes and a limited Constitutional government. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Ronnie Fitzgerald.”

Ronnie Fitzgerald, “I endorse Johnson/Gray because they are the only choice for liberty. The two party system is broken! Vote Libertarian!”


Peter D. Richter for the Florida State House of Representatives
Robert Gershman for Florida State Attorney

Robert Gershman received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from George Washington University in 1988 and his law degree from Nova Southeastern Law School in 1991. Robert met his wife, Cindy, also an attorney, during their freshman year of college at GWU. Robert has dedicated his career to upholding the constitution and fighting for justice. Robert’s prosecutorial work earned him a reputation throughout the courthouse and legal community as tough, ethical, and fair. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Robert entered private practice, specializing in criminal defense litigation. Robert has managed his Palm Beach County law practice for more than 15 years. Robert has tried many significant cases throughout Florida, in State and Federal Court, at both the trial and appellate levels. After Robert entered private practice, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and the Courts appointed him as a special prosecutor in significant cases.

Robert is running as a Non Party Affiliate because the Office of Palm Beach County State Attorney should be fair and independent, without favoritism to any person or entity. As the next State Attorney for Palm Beach County, Robert intends to enforce the law, end corruption, prevent crime, and be an effective voice for the victims of crime. As the next State Attorney, Robert will be the highest ranking law enforcement officer for Palm Beach County. Robert has a proven record, as a prosecutor and defense attorney, in both the public and private sectors, of being aggressive but fair. Robert’s reputation and advocacy skills in and out of the courtroom are unmatched. Robert’s wealth of knowledge and experiences as a career Palm Beach County criminal justice expert, and his strong family ties to Palm Beach County for more than 20years, make him the best and only viable candidate for Palm Beach County State Attorney.”

Gary Johnson says, “Robert will make a terrific State Attorney, keeping the office accountable and transparent. Robert’s experience and knowledge make him the best qualified. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Robert Gershman!”

Robert Gershman, “I endorse Johnson/Gray because Gary Johnson truly believes in the free and independent America, responsible to the individual and future generations.”


Rob Oates for US House of Representatives, Ohio, 1st District
Christopher Joseph Brunt for Idaho House of Representatives, Seat 33A

Christopher writes, “My family has been a part of Idaho Falls since 1886. Born in Rexburg, Idaho. - Raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Father worked for the state of Idaho (Patrolman/DOT) 30+ years. - Raised in a conservative Republican household. - Obtained High School Diploma from Idaho Falls Senior High School (class of 1997). - Obtained Diploma from LDS Church Educational System seminaries (1997). - Served a full-time service mission to Nauvoo, Illinois for the LDS church (1997). - Attended professional wrestling school in Atlanta, Georgia. - Attended classes at Idaho State University. - Attended classes at Eastern Idaho Technical College. - Currently a student at American Public University. - Actively involved with Idaho community theaters for over 18 years. Semi-professional stage performer for 18 years. (1994 - Present). Independent contractor performing legal research and abstraction. (2001 - 2004). Owns and operates own shuttle/transportation business (2009 - present). - Libertarian since 1998. - Currently a Humanist with a supportive stance towards the Unitarian Universalist church. - Published poet. - Enjoys cherry pie, a good birthday cigar, and the occasional drink with friends.

Gary Johnson says, “Christopher Joseph Brunt will bring the voice of the people of Idaho’s legislative district 33 back to the State House. Be Libertarian with me – vote for Christopher Joseph Brunt!”

Christopher Joseph Brunt, “While the other candidates trample Constitutional rights and support big banks and insurance companies, Gary Johnson and Jim Gray have put the people first.”


Andrew Horning for the United States Senate, Indiana
Joe Ruiz for the United States House of Representatives, Indiana, 2nd District
Rex Bell for the United States House of Representatives, Indiana, 6th District
James Nease for the Indiana House of Representatives, 100th District

James Nease was raised in the small town of Lebanon, IN and has spent the last four years living in the Greater Indianapolis area. He is a graduate of Lebanon Senior High School and a current student of the University of Indianapolis where he studies philosophy and anthropology with a high interest in culture and post-modernism. His father was a Union worker for the Glazier’s Union and his mother worked several jobs to put him through school. James has always been active in the Indianapolis community, volunteering yearly at the Watkin’s Family Center to feed the homeless, supporting the independent arts and music scene, and serving as Senate Page in the 2006 session of the State Legislature. In addition, James has been involved in Student Government at Vincennes University and the University of Indianapolis; drafting and sponsoring environmental awareness bills to which are still in effect at Vincennes University. He has been an active member in the Sunshine Society, IASP, LGBT-Indiana, PSA, and YDC. James comes from a working-class family and sympathizes with the struggles and hardships of the lower-middle class, and understands the decline in prosperity associated with intolerance and poverty.

Governor Johnson says, “James is an avid supporter of the Occupy movement, the Alliance of the Libertarian-Left and a promoter of mutualist theory. He is dedicated to promoting individual rights and voluntary cooperation. Be Libertarian with me just this one time – Vote for James Nease!”

James Nease, “I endorse Johnson/Gray because they support voluntary association, free-markets and a philosophy based in non-aggression.”


Michael Kerner for the Kansas House of Representatives, 17th District
Gordon J. Bakken for the Kansas House of Representatives, 84th District

Gordon was raised in Northern Michigan where his father was a Pentecostal minister. He moved to Wichita in 1985 and lives in College Hill. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, with honors and worked for 42 years as an aerospace engineer. He has been a member and officer of Mensa and is currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita. He and his wife have been married for 47 years. Together they raised three children who are each now successful professionals. Gordon has also been awarded patents for two inventions.

Governor Johnson says, “Gordon has the intelligence, and training as an Aerospace Engineer to see through complicated problems, and to foresee the long range effects of proposed solutions. Be Libertarian with me, Vote for Gordon Bakken!”

Gordon Bakken says, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because: He has the experience and integrity we need to administer and guide the government toward a sound future.”


Andrew Ian Dodge for United States Senate, Maine

Andrew Ian Dodge believes the Founding Fathers fought the most consequential battle for freedom in history. He should know; his family was there. The Dodges have been in Maine since the early1800s when it was still part of Massachusetts. In 2007 Andrew came face to face with that legacy when he married the actress Kim Benson in a chapel built by his grandfather and uncles on Ocean Point. Prior to his run for office, Andrew was an activist in Maine’s Tea Party movement. He organized the first registered tea party event in Maine, which took place in Augusta on April 15 2009. Andrew has also represented Maine at national conventions of Tea Party supporters, and has had a major hand in deciding strategy for the movement. He has appeared frequently in the local and national press speaking about tea party issues, doing interviews with outlets as diverse as Russian TV, MSNBC and French Canadian radio on the subject. Prior to his Libertarian run, Andrew was also an influential voice for Tea Partiers in the media, having written for the Washington Examiner, Pajamas Media and the Daily Caller.

Governor Johnson says, “Andrew Ian Dodge is the best Liberty candidate for the United States Senate in Maine. He will fight for freedom and limited government. Be Libertarian with me, vote for Andrew Ian Dodge.”

Andrew Ian Dodge, “I endorse Gary Johnson and Judge Gray because we need a true Libertarian President. Vote for Gary Johnson!”


Muir Boda for US Congress, Maryland's 1st District
Mark Grannis for US Congress, Maryland's 8th District
Dr. Dean Ahmad for United States Senate, Maryland
Leo Dymowski for United States House of Representatives, Maryland, 2nd District
Paul Drgos for United States House of Representatives, Maryland, 3rd District
Nickolaus Mueller for United States House of Representatives, Maryland, 6th District
Arvin Vohra for US House of Representatives, Maryland, 5th District

Arvin Vohra is an educator and entrepreneur who was born and raised in Mary­land. His lat­est book is Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admis­sions. His companies include Arvin Vohra Education, Mind Sculptor Software, and Education4Sale.com. His book, The Equation for Excellence: How to Make Your Child Excel at Math, has been published in both the United States and China, and has been featured on Channel 9 News. Before starting his own business, he studied Mathematics and Economics at Brown University, and then worked as an actuary. Arvin Vohra learned the importance of innovation in education at an early age. He had the highest SAT and PSAT scores in his graduating class (790M, 790V), a score of 5 on 10 APs, and perfect scores on both the GRE and the GMAT.

Gary Johnson says, “Arvin Vohra understands that fiscal responsibility is only possible with Government that stays within its appropriately limited roles. He is, without question, the best candidate in Maryland District 5 for Congress. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Arvin Vohra.”

Arvin Vohra, “I endorse Gary Johnson because he is the only candidate with the proven ability to reduce spending by keeping government out of the way. As a small business owner, I know that his policies will help small businesses grow the economy and increase jobs.”


Daniel Fishman for United States House of Representatives, Massachusetts, 6th District

Daniel writes, “I've lived in Beverly since 2003. I have never run for public office and like most of you, I've come to believe that government is completely out of touch with the common people. Edmund Burke wrote: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." So I'm doing something. I'm running for congress as a Libertarian in the 6th District of Massachusetts.

“The Republicans and Democrats have willfully polarized the country for political gain. The party leaders are actively conspiring against compromise. The worst thing you can be called within your party is "moderate." I believe that we can change things. One of the downside about the electoral process is that it attracts people who are interested in power. And the ability to win an election is no longer related to the ability to be a good representative. I don't have any interest in the power. I have never been in an election before, as opposed to my esteemed opponents. But I am willing to serve because of my love of this country. I agree with Lincoln that "years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." My Grandparents came to Lynn in the early 1900s, fleeing oppression and seeking freedom. They found a nation where they were free to act as they chose, so long as they did not hurt anyone else. I want to stand up for that ideal. Yet that proposition is slipping away. We are becoming a stratified nation -- and it's not really Republicans and Democrats, or blue and red. Now I'll go with Jefferson for a quote:

"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties:

1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes.

2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests."

“All I ask of you is that you consider which candidate will put more power into your hands. If all power derives from the people, which is the premise of our country, government cannot increase power without diminishing the power of the people. I trust you more than the government does, and I will work to give YOU power over your own lives.”

Governor Johnson says, “Daniel Fishman is the best choice for the people of the 6th District because he is not beholden to any party. His campaign slogan of “Common sense requires common people” resonates with the people of the North Shore. Daniel Fishman is the only candidate committed to shrinking government by not raising taxes and the only candidate who has taken no corporate money. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Daniel Fishman!” Daniel Fishman, “The people of the 6th District of Massachusetts have a REAL choice this election, and a chance to elect someone who represents them rather than a party.”

Daniel Fishman, “The people of the 6th District of Massachusetts have a REAL choice this election, and a chance to elect someone who represents them rather than a party.”


Scotty Boman for United States Senate, Michigan
Jim Fulner for US House of Representatives, Michigan, 9th District
John Wierzbicki for Michigan House of Representatives, 27th District

John writes, “I am married to Pat, and we have been residents of Huntington Woods for 35 years. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, before a career change brought me to Michigan. I served on the Huntington Woods Library Board prior to my being elected to the Huntington Woods City Commission for a four year term. Later, I was appointed by the Governor as a Workers' Compensation Magistrate, where I heard and decided injured workers' disability claims for 13 years. I served under two Michigan Governors, subject to being re-appointed by them. My experience in legislative and budgetary functions, as well as exercising judgment in applying the law, give me a unique background to serve as the next State Representative in Michigan's 27th District.

“I received my undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Later, I obtained my MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. While working in my Small Business Consulting and tax accounting practice, I attended Detroit College of Law, receiving my JD Degree in 1984, passing the Michigan Bar Exam a few months later. While in my private practice as an attorney, I worked with small business clients on tax and business legal matters, as well as personal taxation and estate planning. I help serve the community as an active member in my Kiwanis Club, where I have held the offices of President and Lt. Governor. I also am a member of the Knights of Columbus Council in Berkley. Although I have been a “small L” libertarian for quite a few years, I have been a card-carrying member of the “capital L” Libertarians for the last three years. I currently hold the office of Secretary in the Oakland County Libertarian Party.

Gary Johnson says, “John Wierzbicki will help reduce the size of Michigan’s government and preserve liberty. Be Libertarian with me this one time – Vote for John Wierzbicki!”

John Wierzbicki, “I endorse Gary Johnson because he understands the proper role of government and that it must answer to us.”


Danny Bedwell for US Congress, Mississippi's 1st District

Danny is a retired Navy diver, a strict Constitutionalist, and an OathKeeper. He is self-employed in the timber industry and serves as Libertarian Party of Mississippi Chair.

Governor Johnson states, “Danny is the only candidate in this race who offers Constitutionally limited government. He has served his State party well and offers the only clear and distinct choice for the people of the 1st District.”

Danny Bedwell, “Both Governor Johnson and Judge Gray have shown through their ACTIONS, not just their words, that they hold dear to the Principles of limiting government to its proper role.”


Bill Slantz for US House of Representatives, Missouri, 2nd District
Steve Wilson for US House of Representatives, Missouri, 3rd District
Russ Lee Monchil for US House of Representatives, Missouri, 6th District
Mark "Magic" Jones for County Commissioner, Greene County Missouri

Mark writes, “My name is Mark Alan Jones, I'll be on the ballot as Mark “MAJIC” Jones. You may have seen my company trucks running around town: MAJIC Painting & Wallcovering. Those driving billboards have been touring the Midwest since 1993. The goofy spelling is an acronym of my initials M.A.J. incorporated. I was born and raised in Springfield, and have experienced many aspects of Greene County life. I've alternated from training myself to eat on five dollars a week, to making six digits a year. I've sent clients on weekend getaways at the finest Bed & Breakfasts, I've rolled loose change from my coin jars on Thursday night to make payroll Friday. My philosophy is, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” My integrity is unsurpassed: If I say it, it's real. I actually entertained the idea of getting an, if you will, “responsible productive member of society haircut,” after a VERY short deliberation, I concluded those responsible productive haircuts have gotten us so far in debt, it'll take an individual who's not afraid to look outside the box, or as I prefer “CAGE” to make things right! Stop the apathy, vote according to what you want, not what they say you can have. In my church bulletin recently, was a quote by Thomas Paine, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Gary Johnson says, “Mark Jones and I visited in Joplin Missouri in September of 2012. Mark said back then that the Libertarian Party could use a candidate like me! I say, Green County could use a Commissioner like Mark Jones! Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Mark Jones so Green County can LIVE FREE!”

Mark Jones, “I endorse Johnson/Gray because after meeting Gary in Joplin on September 24th 2010, I knew him to be a principled Libertarian.”


Tim Martin for Montana House of Representatives, 26th District
Dan Cox for United States Senate, Montana

Dan Cox successfully led the petition to repeal the Ravalli County Growth Policy. This petition stopped county zoning regulations from being enacted established Dan Cox as a proven defender of private property rights in Montana. Dan has testified against numerous unconstitutional bills in the Montana State Legislature and has spent countless hours giving speeches on property rights. He is also an outspoken advocate for ending the Federal Reserve Bank and restoring Constitutional money. Dan writes, “Freedom is the issue. Somebody has to stand up for the Constitution of the US, and the Constitution of Montana. If you want somebody who will advocate on behalf of your individual rights, I am the guy. Tyranny is an old idea. Together we can save this new idea called Liberty.”

Libertarian Senate Candidate Dan Cox’s campaign was covered by Montana Watchdog in an article available here: http://watchdog.org/50084/mt-tester-and-allies-look-to-libertarians-for-the-senate-win/ Video of a 16 June 2012 debate among US Senate Candidates Dan Cox Libertarian, Denny Rehberg Republican, and Jon Tester Democrat is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN7ZOfPKDoo.

Governor Johnson says, “Dan has a passion for freedom, limited government and the principles of economic and personal freedom enumerated in the Constitution of the United States and the Montana Constitution. Be Libertarian with me. Vote for Dan Cox for U.S. Senate.”

Dan Cox, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because a qualified Presidential candidate only has one job, to uphold: to defend and protect the Constitution of the U.S. from all enemies foreign and domestic. Gary Johnson and Jim Gray love and cherish the principles of the Constitution and I believe they will uphold their oath of office.”


S. Rowan Wilson for Reno Nevada City Council
William "Bill" Pojunis for United States Congress, Nevada 1st District
Joseph Silvestri for United States Congress, Nevada 4th District

Joe Silvestri grew up on Long Island, New York. He received a bachelor of arts in 1987 and a Master’s degree in 1993 from the State University of New York. Joe moved to Nevada in 1997 and currently works for the Clark County School District as a teacher of World History as well as serving as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Nevada.”

Gary Johnson states, “Joe Silvestri will work hard for the citizens of Nevada to defend their freedom and lower their taxes. Joe knows how to reduce the role of government in our lives and to rebuild the economy.”

Joe Silvestri, “Governor Johnson and Judge Gray are dedicated to reducing the size of government, and to restoring freedom.

New Hampshire

Darryl Perry for Register of Deeds, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Richard B. Kahn for New Hampshire State Senate, 14th District

Richard writes, “I am a candidate for state senator for district 14, serving the towns of Auburn, Hudson, and Londonderry. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer systems engineering from UMass/Amherst and a Master of Education degree from Rivier College. I have been married to Sherry for over 29 years and have a 25 year old son, Matthew. I have run a landscaping business in town for the last eleven years. Currently I am the treasurer of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. My campaign is centered around five primary goals and objectives. 1) accountability, 2) transparency, 3) fiscal restraint, 4) civil liberties, and 5) a business-friendly climate.

Governor Johnson says, “Senate candidate Richard Kahn’s five campaign goals and objectives solidify Libertarian principles at the state level and shows that, even though he seeks a state office, he can have a positive impact on unconstitutional overreaching by our federal government as well. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Richard Kahn!”

Richard Kahn, “Gary Johnson has a track record of balancing budgets and holding government accountable to the people and not the other way around. For example, as former governor of New Mexico, Gary was the highest ranking executive to come out publicly against the drug war and the civil liberties violations that “war” entails.”

Eric Jackman for New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 11th District

Eric Jackman, a self-described “independent Republican” candidate for State Representative, is a 2009 graduate of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Jackman, a resident of Rindge for the last roughly 15 years, says he understands firsthand the issues affecting the Cheshire County – 11th District. The 25-year-old first time candidate is a longtime third-party political activist who has worked on the Ron Paul for President, and Gary Johnson for President Campaigns.

Gary Johnson says, “I got to know Eric very well during the New Hampshire Primary Campaign last year. I have the honor to call him my friend. I also have the honor of fighting with him to restore Liberty to our nation, and the limits of our Constitution to our government. Eric will work hard for the people of New Hampshire and represent them, and the cause of Liberty very well. Eric isn’t running as a Libertarian, but of the four candidates in this primary, he is the most libertarian. So be (small l) libertarian with me and vote for Eric Jackman in the District 11 primary!”

Eric Jackman. “I endorse Gary Johnson for President because not only is the Governor an authentic man, his record reflects true leadership and pragmatism. Our nation NEEDS Governor Johnson! It is with complete confidence that I endorse my friend in the fight for Liberty, Governor Gary Johnson for President!”

New York

Michael McDermott for United States Congress, New York, 3rd District
Rick Witt for United States Congress, New York, 1st District

Rick writes, “Our country is in tumultuous times. Rampant unemployment and the instability of our financial institutions, combined with an unstable dollar and the endless military campaigns, have created bitterness and anger in our hearts. A loud and universal vocal condemnation is coming from everyone outside the beltway. It is optimistic that more Americans are waking up to the real political nightmare that envelops us, however that understanding cannot save us if we continue to be divided as a nation. We must fight the cause and not the symptoms. The unrestrained corruption clearly visible in all levels of government is responsible for our pervasive apathy and frustration. Our founders’ vision and our prosperity are both being demolished. “The Republicrats that are running our federal institutions are shamelessly disregarding their constitutional oaths by passing laws contrary to our principles and in opposition to public opinion. Their reprehensible behavior heralds the beginning of the painful end of our great experiment; a government of the people. “There is hope in the changes that have occurred over the last decade. We are becoming aware of our political surroundings, yet we feel powerless to effect change even though there is a solution at our fingertips. It is time that We The People clean house and reclaim our government. All of our voices will be heard.

Gary Johnson says, “Rick Witt will truly represent his district by providing transparency for his constituents. He understands our founding principle of creating a government by the people. Be Libertarian with me, Vote for Rick Witt!”

Rick Witt, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they understand what the purpose of the Federal Government is and understand the limits on federal powers in our Constitution.”

North Dakota

Eric Olson for US House of Representatives, North Dakota

Eric writes, “I reside in Fargo, the same area I have lived in for most of my life. I work a regular full time job as well as running a small company providing inventory services to retail stores in the area, and developing equipment for my company. What compels me to run for public office is the lack of other candidates I see on my ballot in each election who I feel good about voting for. I see that our nation has troubles ahead and I with few exceptions no one in either the Democratic or Republican parties seems to take financial situation seriously, they don’t take our civil liberties seriously and they don’t take the constitutional limitations of their powers in office seriously. Among my favorites -- Favorite Game: Chess; Favorite Computer Game: Rise of Nations; Favorite Book: In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat; Favorite Movie: The Matrix (first one only).

Gary Johnson says, “Eric Olson will bring a platform of peace, liberty and fiscal responsibility to the US House. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Eric Olson!”

Eric Olson, “I endorse Gary Johnson because he has a proven record of effective cost cutting and leaving his state with a budget surplus!”

North Carolina

Jason Bateman for Mecklenburg County Commissioner at Large,Charlotte, North Carolina
Brian Irving for United States Congress, North Carolina, 2nd District
Barbara Howe for Governor, North Carolina
Richard C. Evey, State Senate, North Carolina, 46th District
Kent Wilsey, North Carolina House of Representatives, 62nd District

Kent Wilsey(44) was raised in South Dakota. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and has spent 20 years analyzing and designing aircraft and space vehicles. Kent and Jo were high school sweethearts, and married in 1988. They have two children. Jo has a degree in Biochemistry from Iowa State, has worked in the medical industry in several capacities, has managed several businesses, and is currently a stay-at-home Mom. Kent and Zack enjoy mountain biking whenever possible, and Kent is an avid road cyclist as well. Kent has ridden the MS Tour to Tanglewood benefit three years running. The whole family is actively involved in our church, The Bridge. Kent is active in the Libertarian Party, and is currently serving as an at-large member of the North Carolina Executive Committee. In addition, he is a member of Conservatives for Guilford County(C4GC). Kent is a strong believer in free markets, having been influenced heavily by Austrian economic theory.

Governor Johnson says, “Kent Wilsey will represent the citizens of North Carolina by bringing the Libertarian principles of minimum government and maximum personal freedom to the North Carolina General Assembly. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Kent Wilsey!”

Kent Wilsey, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because Gary Johnson shares my commitment to smaller government and increased personal Liberty.”


Nathan Eberly for Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio's 3rd District
Robert C. Coogan for Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio's 52nd District
Paul D. Hinds for Ohio State Senate, 12th District
Eric Eberly for Ohio House of Representatives, 5th District
Robert Sherwin for Ohio State House of Representatives, 57th District
Daryl R. Olthaus for Butler County Commissioner, Ohio
Robert R Ryan Ohio State House of Representatives, 28th Districti
Richard Ehrbar, US House of Representatives, Ohio, 3rd District
David Macko for US House of Representatives, Ohio, 14th District
Sean Patrick Stipe for US House of Representatives, Ohio, 9th District

Sean writes, “I will vote based on the Constitution, not special interests. Just like the millions of servicemen and women who have defended this country, Congress must defend our God given rights. Taking the fruits of your labor is immoral as it is theft. A government has no more of a right to your money than a common thief. The occupation of 130 countries with 900 military bases creates enemies. Damage to our security is also from the financial costs of maintaining an empire.”

Gary Johnson says, “Sean Patrick Stipe is the only candidate for US Congress in Ohio's 9th district who will vote with strict adherence to the Constitution. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Sean Patrick Stipe!”

Sean Patrick Stipe, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because Governor Johnson is the only candidate who will shrink government and end the abuses of presidential powers.”


RJ Harris for US Congress, Oklahoma's 4th District

RJ is a career Army National Guard Officer having served on three combat tours and one peacekeeping tour. He has been a small business owner and has appeared on Fox News’ Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Governor Johnson states, “RJ is a combat veteran and career officer who knows first- hand how our nation is made weaker, not stronger, by our interventionist foreign policy. You can count on RJ Harris to vote for Liberty and against bailouts, stimulus and debt limit increases.”

RJ Harris, “Gary Johnson is the only major party presidential candidate who will end these wars, stop the intervention, restore liberty and end all unconstitutional spending.”


Chuck Huntting for US House of Representatives, Oregon, 4th District
Steven Cody Reynolds for US House of Representatives, Oregon, 1st District

Steven Cody Reynolds, like many transplanted Oregonians, hails from the State of Hawaii, via California. At the age of 18 Steven moved to Portland in order to help his sister with her son. Steven’s desire to serve led him to an enlistment in the Army Infantry in 1997 where he served honorably with the 101st Airborne Division. In 1998 he was given the opportunity to attend West Point and in 1999 was accepted into the corps of cadets. After four grueling years he graduated from West Point and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery. In 2004, during training, he sustained an injury that ended his military career leading to a medical separation with an Honorable Discharge. His post-military experience entails time as branch manager of a retail mortgage provider, volunteer teacher in China, and several, ongoing entrepreneurial efforts. Cody writes, “I am a fiscally conservative, socially progressive, civil libertarian. I care about eliminating the excesses of our government, fostering innovation and commerce, and strengthening the programs that protect our most vulnerable citizens. I care that our government is encroaching upon our liberty through legislation and mandate while edging away from the covenants established by our Constitution.

Governor Gary Johnson states: “Cody Steven Reynolds has united the Libertarian, Progressive and Green Parties with his candidacy. Cody has proven that fiscally conservative/socially tolerant Libertarian candidates are a model for successful post-partisan political success. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Steven Cody Reynolds.”

Steven Cody Reynolds, “I endorse Governor Gary Johnson because his record of responsible stewardship, good governance and respect for Liberty makes him without peer among the other candidates for President of the United States.”


Mike Koffenberger for US House of Representatives, Pennsylvania, 4th District
Erik Viker for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 85th District

Erik writes, “My philosophy can be summarized like this: -- Libertarians are no longer wasting their votes on Democrats and Republicans who have for 150 years caused the terrible damage to our government we're now dealing with. It’s a wasted vote to continue supporting the two-headed monster of bad politics. Gullible people continue to support the failures of the Republican and Democratic parties, and then complain when they fail again. As a community, voters get the government we deserve. Many voters have decided to live in accordance with the principles of liberty and will no longer support that two-party train wreck. When more voters really mean what they say about fewer taxes, citizen liberty and limited government, LP members will be ready to serve with honor. We already do, in many local and regional elected offices, demonstrating to our fellow citizens how LP members make trustworthy and effective representatives and managers. If you like how government looks these days, keep on voting for the same sorts of Democrat and Republican politicians. But we welcome you as we work toward the solution in the Libertarian Party.

Gary Johnson says, “As a Libertarian currently serving his second term in office on the elected council governing his town, Erik Viker has demonstrated how to bring Libertarian principles to public policy and would represent both those principles and his constituents as a state legislator. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Erik Viker!”

Erik Viker, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because Gov. Johnson and Judge Gray exemplify the best of good government and the finest Libertarian principles in action.”

Rhode Island

Tony Jones for Town Moderator, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Tony writes, “It’s my pleasure to announce my candidacy for East Greenwich Town Moderator. The Town Moderator presides over all regular and special Financial Town Meetings (the legislative session that adopts the town budget) and has the power to regulate and manage the business of each meeting, and to maintain peace and good order during said meeting. As Town Moderator I will be focused increasing voter turnout to this important event. I will also seek to make our financial town meeting as effective, efficient, and transparent as possible. I feel this is the best role in which I can offer my time and talents to serve the people of East Greenwich. Thank you and I look forward to a great campaign. (Note: This is a two way race with Tony as the Libertarian and one Republican opponent.)

Governor Johnson says: “As Town Moderator Tony Jones will bring Libertarian principles of maximum freedom and minimum government to the people of East Greenwich. He will seek to make the East Greenwich financial town meeting as effective, efficient, and transparent as possible. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Tony Jones!”

Tony Jones, “Governor Johnson is most credible and accomplished candidate in the history of the Libertarian Party. He also happens to be the most credible and accomplished candidate running for President of the United States.”

South Carolina

Keith Blandford for US House of Representatives, South Carolina, 1st District
Jeremy C. Walters for South Carolina House of Representatives, 26th District

Jeremy C. Walters is a carpenter, a conservative family man, and a citizen just like you. His interest in effecting change started when he realized the dire need for reform in the family court system so that all fit parents have an equal opportunity to get shared custody of their children. As Vice President for SC Coalition 4 Parents and Children, he got very familiar with the process of filing bills, petitioning legislators, and has become a familiar face in Columbia. He has pushed for H4614 a shared custody bill, and as of June 6th, it will become law and go on to the Governor’s desk. Video: Jeremy Walters asks Nikki Haley to support joint custody for Fathers Due to this experience, Jeremy decided to run for State House 26 so he can continue to create a better future for South Carolina. He has ardently been researching Constitutional rights, law, and most recently has been reading “Unleashing Capitalism” a legislative report by the SC Policy Council, a libertarian think tank.

Of the existing obstructionist regulation and taxes in South Carolina Walters says, “It makes my blood boil.” He went on to say, “we should let people conduct business [by eliminating hurdles] so they can prosper.” Recently, Republican Representative “Jake” Knotts called Jeremy a “pit bull” and the right man for the job. He has always had a “Don’t Tread on Me” mentality, and is dedicated to restoring both our economic and personal freedoms.

Governor Johnson says, “Jeremy C. Walters stands for Freedom and if elected will hold up the rights of all people. Be Libertarian with me just this one time – Vote for Jeremy C. Walters!”

Jeremy C. Walters, “Governor Johnson stands for Freedom! Gary will end the wars and stand for the People”


Daniel Lewis for Tennessee House of Representatives, 52nd District

Daniel was born in Freiburg Germany where he began his formal education at the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule in Freiburg and became in German. In 1978 at the age of 11 his family moved from Germany to Lebanon Pennsylvania and he began to read and write in English. In 1992 Daniel graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a B.S. in General Science In 2002 he earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at Liberty University while teaching GED classes in the Nashville Tennessee area.

Governor Johnson says, “Daniel Lewis will reduce the size, scope, and power of government. Daniel Lewis will increase individual freedom. Daniel Lewis will fight for your freedom. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Daniel Lewis!”

Daniel Lewis, “Gary Johnson stands for Freedom. Freedom is the answer. Gary Johnson is the only candidate that stands for the individual. Don’t waste your vote! Vote for Gary Johnson.”


John Jay Myers for United States Senate, Texas
Roy Hall for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 8th District
Zach Grady for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 14th District
James Stanczak for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 29th District
Ed Rankin for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 30th District
Ethan Garafolo for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 31st District
Seth Hollist for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 32nd District
Edward Kless for Texas State Senate, 8th District
Nick Tanner for Texas State House Of Representatives, 47th District
Joe Edgar for Texas State House Of Representatives, 48th District
Neill Snider for Texas State House Of Representatives, 56th District
Bruce Beckman for Texas State House Of Representatives, 93rd District
Ken Stanford for Tax Assessor, Tarrant County, Texas
Pat Dixon for County Commissioner, Travis County, Texas
Patrick Hisel for United States House of Representatives, Texas, 28th District
Richard Brown for Texas House of Representatives, 69th District
Sterling Russell for Texas House of Representatives, 15th District
Mark Loewe for Texas State board of Education, 5th District
A.E. Tracy Potts for US House of Representatives, Texas 20th District
Steve Susman for US House of Representatives, Texas 22nd District
Mark Ash, Attorney for the State of Texas Supreme Court
Raul "Roy" Camacho for Constable, Travis County, Texas 2nd Precinct

Roy writes, “I understand the importance of living, working, playing, shopping and raising a family in a safe community. I also understand your expectation of an elected official to run an honest department that truly serves the residents and guest of precinct 2. As a sworn and experience peace officer, public safety, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, and promoting good community relations will always be top priority. I will always put my duties first. I will never abuse my position for personal gain. I will run the office of Constable in the most cost effective manner possible, and I will constantly look for ways to save taxpayer money.

Governor Johnson says, “Roy Camacho would make a terrific Constable for Travis County Texas’s Precinct 2. Be Libertarian with me just this one time – Vote for Raul “Roy” Camacho!”

Roy Camacho, “I endorse Johnson/Gray. I have been a supporter of Gary Johnson since the beginning of his campaign run for presidency. I have been spreading your messages of Liberty, Freedom, Fiscal Responsibility and Social Tolerance to everyone.”


Andrew McCullough for Utah Attorney General, Utah
Kenny Barlow for Utah House of Representatives, 59th District
Kevin Bryan for Utah House of Representatives, 16th District

Kevin writes, “We need to ensure that people are able to keep as much of their own money as possible. The government should not take the fruits of someone's labor without their consent. If we are going to have an income tax, it needs to be a flat tax, so that everyone is abused equally, rather than a progressive tax as I have seen some advocate. However, I would like to get away from the income tax as much as possible, since a person's money should not be taken from them before they've even seen it. I would prefer other revenues such as a sales tax (one kept as low as possible) as at least there would be some semblance of choice there. I also like the idea of relying upon user fees as much as possible, wherein you pay when you use a government service. That way those who are not using a particular aspect of government are not being forced to fund it. I am opposed to “sin taxes” or taxes created for the supposed purpose of getting someone to stop using a certain product, such as the tobacco tax.”

Kevin’s positions on other issues can be found on his campaign website above.

Governor Johnson says, “Kevin Bryan will fight to ensure the rights and liberties of all Utahns. Be Libertarian with me just this once and Vote for Kevin Bryan!”

Kevin Bryan, “Gary Johnson and Jim Gray are the best champions of Liberty in this race!”


Robert Kraus for City Council, Arlington, Virginia
Justin R. Malkin for Virginia House of Delegates, 45th District

Justin moved to Virginia four years ago after having lived in New York City most of his life. He has a background in finance and currently works as a Credit Analyst at an asset management company in Virginia. Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Economics and Slavic Languages/Literature. He then earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business. Justin is a member of the C.F.A. Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst) and earned the right to use the C.F.A. designation in 2004. He served as a member of the Virginia delegation to the 2012 Libertarian National Convention and is also a member of the Libertarian Party of Virginia. He lives in the Old Town area of Alexandria and recently became a devoted father to a beautiful baby girl.”

Governor Johnson says, “Justin Malkin will bring the Libertarian principles of maximum freedom and minimum government to the position of Member, House of Delegates. Be Libertarian with me just this once and Vote for Justin Malkin!”

Justin Malkin, “Governor Johnson and Judge Gray embody libertarian principles and have a stellar track record of good government.”

Washington, D.C.

Bruce Majors for Washington, D.C. House of Delegates, (Delegate To Congress

Bruce invites you to review the DC for Democracy questionnaire available online at: http://brucemajorsdc.com/dc-for-democracy-candidate-questionnaire/

Governor Johnson says, “Bruce Majors is running against corruption and runaway spending in DC and I endorse him in this effort. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Bruce Majors!”

Bruce Majors, “Only Governor. Johnson and Judge Gray offer real solutions to the massive problems America faces.”

Initiatives Endorsements

The Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 2012 campaign has endorsed the following initiatives:

Initiative 9, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act
"The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, will regulate cannabis for adult use, license cannabis for commercial sale, and re-allow Oregon farmers to grow hemp for biofuel, food, sustainable fiber and medicine."

Governor Johnson says: “Regulating cannabis and restoring agricultural hemp to America's farmers and entrepreneurs makes sense for both our economy and our public safety. If you're an Oregonian who cares about your individual rights, believes in personal responsibility and wants to see your government focus on real threats and crimes, rather than wasteful, useless spending on prisons for non-violent drug use, Judge Gray and I urge you to support the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act.”

For more information: http://octa2012.org
Colorado Amendment 64: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol
Washington Initiative 502: "An Act Relating To Marijuana"

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The Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 2012 campaign has endorsed the above individuals in their campaigns for various elective offices for the duration of each campaign. This endorsement expires a) at the conclusion of the election (November 6th 2012 or earlier if a primary), b) at any point the candidate is in substantial violation of the Libertarian Party Platform and basic Principles of the Libertarian Party. Any questions about the durability of the above endorsements should be directed to [email protected]

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