FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gary Johnson Campaign Endorses Second Set of Candidates
7 June 2012 – Salt Lake City – Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign Headquarters
Governor Johnson is pleased to announce, on behalf of himself, Judge Gray and the Johnson/Gray2012 Campaign, his endorsement of the following candidates:
(Note: This is the second in a series of endorsement announcements. Additional endorsements will follow as additional Libertarian candidates enter various races, State Parties complete their nomination processes, and other candidates request endorsements):
Andrew R. Groff for the United States Senate, Delaware.
A Delaware native, Andrew Groff graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Economics and Engineering and a minor in Political Science. He is an independent business owner, with a lifetime of experience in international trade. The Green Party of Delaware nominated him for US Senate, and he has been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Delaware.
Governor Johnson states, “Andrew Groff will be the strong, unyielding voice we need in the United States Senate to end the abuses of freedom and liberty we see today. He takes an uncompromising stand against handouts to big business, federal interference in education, and fights hard for fiscally conservative, socially tolerant government. We need more people like Andrew Groff.”
Andrew R. Goff, “I endorse Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray as the presidential ticket that will give Americans a chance to vote for the promise of real change from the closed, broken two-party system. They will end America’s wars, repeal the Patriot Act, stop the mindless Federal “war on drugs,” and give us true marriage equality as a Civil Right. Electing Libertarian candidates is the only way to end the death grip of the special interests that currently control American politics.”
William “Bill” Pojunis for the United States Congress, Nevada 1st district.
Bill’s involvement with politics began in 1951 when his mother took him to an “I LIKE IKE” rally in Baltimore. Twenty-eight years later he was elected to the Planning Commission of his hometown in Pennsylvania. For most of his career he worked as a Government Account Manager for an international publishing company. Bill has lived in several foreign countries, served in the US Army Security Agency, and was widowed after 35 years of marriage. He has two grown sons, and ample time to devote to restoring the principles of social tolerance and fiscal sanity to our federal government.
Gary Johnson states, “Bill Pojunis offers voters in Nevada the choice of a true Constitutional Conservative dedicated to the ideals of personal liberty and bringing an end to wasteful government spending and debt.”
Bill Pojunis says, “The Libertarian Party ticket is the only one that offers American voters a real choice in this election. Governor Johnson has proved he is the only candidate who can reduce the negative impact of far too much government in our lives.”
Joseph Silvestri for the 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.”
Michael McDermott for the United States Congress. New York, 3rd District.
After over thirty years as a registered Republican, Michael was inspired by the choice of Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Presidential nomination and changed his official party affiliation to Libertarian earlier this month to “more fully support the campaign.” In 1986 he was elected to the Hauppauge School. In 1987 he was elected President of the School Board. He served as President through 1989 and reduced taxes every year as President. He obtained his Real Estate Broker’s License on September 10, 2001. He has also been endorsed by Queens (New York) Libertarian Party.
Gary Johnson states: “Michael McDermott is well qualified to be a member of the United States Congress. Together we will restore the precious liberties we have lost and return our government to one small enough to fit inside the US Constitution.”
Michael McDermott, “I support Governor Gary Johnson as the best choice for President of the United States. I look forward to the campaign and will help in any way I can!”
Brian Irving for the United States Congress, North Carolina 2nd district.
Brian served 12 years in the United States Air Force before reaching the rank of second lieutenant and then served another 13 years as a public affairs officer at bases in the USA and abroad. After retiring from public service he served as a communications director for the United Way, and other charities. He ran for office as a Libertarian and was appointed to the Fayetteville City Planning Commission from July 2000 to July 2004, including two years a chair. Brian holds an undergraduate degree in social studies from the University of the Philippines, a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University (New Orleans).
Governor Johnson states, “Brian has repeatedly demonstrated the courage and integrity to honor the oath he’ll take as a member of the Congress – “To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” We need that integrity in our Congress now more than ever. Vote for Brian Irving.
Brian Irving, “I support Gary Johnson because he is the only candidate who will end America’s interventionist foreign wars and bring our troops home. He will stop out of control spending, and advance our personal liberty just as he did as Governor of New Mexico.”
Paul D. Hinds for Ohio State Senate, 12th district.
Paul is a successful small business entrepreneur. He joined the Allen County Chamber of Commerce and opened Holliday Supply Etc. — a retail party store immediately after graduation from Perry High School. A few years later he sold the company to become a full time brand ambassador across the state of Ohio for high-end technology products manufactured by Hewett Packard, Panasonic, Sony and others.
Gary Johnson states, “Paul D Hinds is a successful small business owner who understands jobs. He is the only candidate running for Ohio Senate who is both fiscally conservative, and socially tolerant. Paul will bring the Libertarian Party principles of maximum freedom and minimum government to the Ohio Senate.”
Paul Hinds, “I endorse Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray because of their individual accomplishments which have advanced civil liberties and limited government.”
Eric Eberly for Ohio House of Representatives, 5th District.
Eric Eberly’s parents are both veterans of the United States Army. Eric knows first-hand the sacrifices our veterans have made for our Liberty. He earned a degree in Small Business Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude and is also a licensed Real Estate agent. Eric is a resident of Bowling Green in Wood County, a supporter of the Toledo Food Bank, Cherry Street Mission and Habitat for Humanity and is engaged to marry Suzanna Tyrrell, a local entrepreneur.
Gary Johnson states, “Eric Eberly is a citizen-leader and will bring the Libertarian principles of minimum government and maximum freedom to Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. Eric knows that small business and entrepreneurs are the best facilitators for creating wealth and prosperity for all of us.”
Eric Eberly, “Governor Johnson has a track record and resume that puts his qualifications far above the other candidates in the race. He is also an outspoken advocate who has proven he can truly limit the power of government.”
Peter Richter for Florida State House of Representatives, 106th district.
Peter has a B.A. in Computer Science from Lake Forest College. He owns a small business managing IT services, helping local businesses in Naples, Florida where he also lives with his wife and two young daughters. He has been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Collier County and the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Gary Johnson states, “Peter Richter will defend individual liberty, fight for limited government, small business and will be a stand for ethics in the Florida State House.”
Peter Richter, “Governor Johnson has proved he is the ONLY candidate willing and able to make the necessary spending cuts to save our nation.”
Robert Sherwin for Ohio State House of Representatives, 57th district.
Robert Sherwin was born in Berea, Ohio in 1957. In 2005 he graduated with honors from Lorain County Community College. He has been employed for 11 years as an Engineering Mechanic at the Bioplastics Company. Robert has been a political activist for most of his adult life spreading the libertarian message of lower taxes, limited government, personal choice and responsibility, pro-small business, 2nd amendment rights, school choice, and lifestyle respect. He has been actively involved in the Lorain County Libertarian Party for 3 years and serves on both the Executive and Central committees.
Gary Johnson states, “Robert will use the Libertarian values of small government, lower taxes and maximum personal freedom to strip regulations that hurt small business, reform Ohio’s education system and protect state sovereignty against our overreaching federal government.”
Robert Sherwin, “Governor Johnson is the only presidential candidate who will not put rhetoric and party politics above the rights of the people. He is a true Libertarian.”
Daryl R. Olthaus for Butler County Ohio County Commissioner.
Daryl is a life-long resident of Butler County. He spent four years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and was honorably discharged in 1982. Daryl graduated from Miami University with an associate’s degree in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in political science. He serves in several elected Libertarian positions including, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) Central committee and the LPO Executive Committee.
Governor Johnson states, “Daryl Olthaus will be a tremendous asset to the Butler County Commission. Daryl will bring principles of maximum freedom and minimum government — a fresh perspective that is needed in Butler county government.”
Daryl Olthaus, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they have demonstrated the leadership qualities necessary to guide the United States through these turbulent times to American prosperity and success. Using the Libertarian principles of limited government, free markets and individual responsibility, Gary Johnson and James Gray will help all of us realize the American Dream.”
The process for requesting an endorsement from Governor Johnson and the Johnson/Gray 2012 campaign is explicated in the 31 May 2012 article:
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