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The Gary Johnson/Jim Gary 2012 Campaign Endorses Colorado and Washington Marijuana Initiatives, announces weekly conference calls with, and printed materials distribution to endorsed candidates; announces endorsements of 17 additional Libertarian Candidates.
12 July 2012 – Salt Lake City – Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign Headquarters
Candidates making a request for endorsement a) affirm that they have the nomination of the Libertarian Party for the jurisdiction in which they are seeking election or b) if not running as a Libertarian identified candidate (e.g.: without affiliation, or with another party) that they are conducting a campaign substantially in alignment with the Libertarian Party Platform and basic Principles of the Libertarian Party and c) they are not running against a Libertarian candidate. Completed applications should be returned by email to email@example.com (preferred), by fax to (801)355-6335 or by landmail to 731 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Please allow at least two weeks for the endorsement review process to be conducted. Any questions about the process for applying for an endorsement from the Gary Johnson/Jim Gray campaign should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application for an endorsement is available here:
Conference Calls With Endorsed Candidates
Endorsed candidates are invited to a series of conference calls held with Governor Johnson, and/or Judge Jim Gray and senior campaign staff. Conference calls will occur bi-monthly through August and weekly thereafter. The next conference call will be Wednesday July 18th. Each endorsed candidate will receive the call in number and code.
Campaign Support Materials
Each endorsed candidate will receive printed campaign support materials via landmail. Endorsed candidates who would like to receive printed campaign materials, but who have not yet provided a landmail address, may do so by sending their desired address for landmailed materials to: email@example.com.
All candidates interested in being on the next call, or in receiving printed campaign support materials, should complete and return the Endorsement Request form as soon as possible:
All questions about the conference call, candidate support materials, or endorsement process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 2012 campaign has endorsed the following initiatives:
Colorado Amendment 64: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol
Amendment 64 makes the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older; establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and allows for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. In particular, Amendment 64 removes all legal penalties for personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and for the home-growing of up to six marijuana plants, similar to the number allowed under current medical marijuana laws, in an enclosed locked space. The initiative creates legal marijuana establishments – retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities – and directs the Department of Revenue to regulate a system of cultivation, production (including infused products), and distribution. Under the provisions of the measure, the Department will license marijuana establishments at the state level, and should it fail to act, localities will be permitted to issue such licenses. Localities will have the right to ban marijuana establishments through either their elected representative bodies, or through referred or citizen-initiated ballot measures.
Governor Johnson says, “Coloradans have a chance to end marijuana prohibition for the entire country. There has to be a first and Colorado has that opportunity. The more people who talk about this, the more people understand it, the better the chance it has to end this prohibition.”
For more information: http://www.regulatemarijuana.org
Washington Initiative 502: “An Act Relating to Marijuana.”
“The people intend to stop treating adult marijuana use as a crime and try a new approach that: (1) Allows law enforcement resources to be focused on violent and property crimes; (2) Generates new state and local tax revenue for education, health care, research, and substance abuse prevention; and (3) Takes marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations and brings it under a tightly regulated, state-licensed system similar to that for controlling hard alcohol. This measure authorizes the state liquor control board to regulate and tax marijuana for persons twenty-one years of age and older, and add a new threshold for driving under the influence of marijuana.”
Gary Johnson states, “Washington’s I-502 is fiscally responsible and socially pragmatic. We should regulate and tax it like alcohol and tobacco instead of propping up black market profiteers. We have better uses for our police, courts, and jails.”
For more information: http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/i502.pdf
Candidates endorsed by the Johnson/Gray 2012 campaign running in the appropriate states, are encouraged to endorse the above initiatives.
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 fourth in a series of endorsement announcements. Additional endorsements will follow as various Libertarian State Parties complete the nomination process for additional candidates):
Robert Lombardo for the 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.”
Scott Gesty for the United States House of Representatives, Delaware
Scott writes: “My name is Scott Gesty and I am running for United States Congress. I am running to offer the citizens of Delaware an alternative to the two party system that has failed the American people. I am the only candidate that will base every vote on the Constitution. I will devote my time in office to defending the civil and economic liberties of every individual in this state. One of my favorite founders of this nation is John Quincy Adams. I agree with him when he wrote:”
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams
Governor Johnson says, “Scott Gesty will work to restore civil liberties, bring our troops home, stop the war on drugs, audit the Federal Reserve, and keep public education under local control. I will need Representatives like Scott working with me to help make the tough choices necessary to put America back on track. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Scott Gesty!”
Scott Gesty, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they are committed to an America with Constitutional limited government, individual freedom, responsible finances, and ending America’s wars abroad.”
Leo Dymowski for the United States House of Representatives, Maryland 2nd District.
Leo Dymowski is a 55 year old resident of Dundalk, Maryland. After graduating from Archbishop Curley High School in 1974 at the age of 17, he served our country proudly as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division for 3 years. After the Army he went to UMBC earning a BA degree in Political Science in 3 years. The next 7 years were spent working for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City while earning a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Management and a law degree at night. For the next 15 years, Leo was a successful trial attorney in Baltimore. In 2003 he became and is currently a Hearing Officer with the Maryland Parole Commission.
Governor Johnson says: “As a hearing officer with the Maryland Parole Commission, as well as a former paratrooper, Leo Dymowski has a unique perspective on our failed foreign policy of intervention around the world and the failure of the drug war here at home. He is a firm believer in the principles of maximum personal freedom and a government limited by the Constitution. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Leo Dymowski!”
Leo Dymowski says, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because only Governor Johnson has a proven record of shrinking government and maximizing freedom during his 8 years as governor.”
Paul Drgos for the United States House of Representatives, Maryland 3rd District.
Paul writes, “I’ve made my living as a computer programmer for the last 20 years and for the last 8 years I’ve been working at a leading software company based in Beltsville, MD. I’m a single father of four. My eldest son has recently started working with me. I’ve spent the majority of my life living in the Pasadena area in Anne Arundel County, which is where I currently reside. I had been a lifelong Republican, but have found myself at odds with the party for the last couple of years. I believe in a smaller government, which is what the Republicans claim to want, but seem to forget when it comes to individuals’ civil liberties. I became engaged with politics at a relatively young age, I found myself discussing the issues of the time with friends and family in my later teen years and my early 20’s. At 25, I ran and was elected to the Chesterfield Home Owners Association Board of Directors, where I learned Parliamentary procedures and had to make tough decisions for the greater good of the community. I also learned to weigh complicated financial situations and managed to work with the other board members to accomplish everything in the budget without having to raise community dues. The reason I’ve decided to run is because, I’ve found myself in a situation where the United States seems to be imploding on itself and creating a financial burden so big that our great grandchildren will still be paying for it.
Governor Johnson states: “Paul D wants you to be free. His strong stand for civil liberties would be a welcome change to the halls of Congress. Paul will limit government and allow people to exercise the rights guaranteed to them. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Paul Drgos!”
Paul Drgos, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they have more executive experience than other candidates combined. They will do what is right and necessary, rather than what is convenient and politically expedient.”
Nickolaus Mueller for the United States House of Representatives, Maryland 6th District.
Nickolaus Mueller is a 27 year old electrical engineer, musician and long distance runner. He was born in Chicagoand has lived overseas in Switzerlandand Singapore. He came to libertarianism through Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom, and Hayek’s A Road to Serfdom. He believes very strongly that it is immoral to initiate force against another person and that force should only be used in retaliation. He understands that individuals should be free to pursue their separate interests and that free markets operate better than the State. In his spare time, he enjoys SPCA fundraising events, running marathons, and writing letters to the editor, particularly to The Baltimore Sun.
Governor Johnson says, “Nickolaus will fight for the maximum freedom of the individual and the smallest government possible. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Nickolaus Mueller!”
Nickolaus Mueller, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray are the only candidates capable of restoring fiscal sanity and personal freedom.”
Patrick Hisel for the United States House of Representatives, Texas 28th District.
A lifelong Texan, Patrick was born in Dallas and grew up in the small west Texas town of Monahans. He takes a common sense approach to politics by sticking to his principles of small government, Austrian Economics, and personal responsibility. Dr. Hisel currently works as a primary care physician. He continues to deepen his education in economics by studying with the Mises Institute. Patrick is an advocate for Women’s Health and has served on the Board of Directors of. HOPE a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Patrick served as a medical missionary in Africa at Nigerian Christian Hospital in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. Patrick and his wife Stephanie have completed numerous marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons and they have raised thousands of dollars for their charities, the American Hospice Association, The Organization for Autism Research, and the American Diabetes Association.
Governor Johnson says: “Pat and I invite you to be Libertarian with us just this one time. You’re a libertarian too and we will prove it. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Dr. Hisel!”
Dr. Hisel says: “Gary Johnson respects the Constitution, refuses to blow your hard-earned money on big government and respects your individual liberty and right to live your life as you see fit.”
Richard Brown for Texas House of Representatives, District 69.
Richard writes, “I am the father of five grown children, a former U.S. Marine and current blogger on Health, Fitness and Raw Food Enthusiast. I am appalled at the poisoning of Texas’s food supply with genetically altered foods and ingredients. I believe that genetically engineered food crops are at the heart of the growing obesity and health problems in our population. I will join the other legislators in the Texas House who are willing to drastically lower taxes by voting to eliminate all of the wasteful social engineering programs. Texas government has grown to a size many times that for necessary government and Texas needs a Libertarian voice to start reversing the bloated government of too many terms of the Republicrats.
Gary Johnson says, “Richard Brown will bring the Libertarian Principles of Maximum Freedom and Minimum Government to the State House of Texas. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Richard Brown!”
Richard Brown, “I endorse Gary Johnson because of his true understanding of the role of government – something he demonstrated as the Governor of New Mexico.”
Chris Grundemann for the Colorado State Senate, 4th District
Chris was born and raised in Colorado. His two sons are the fifth generation of his family to be born in Colorado; Chris’ Great Grandfather was born in Denver before Colorado became a state. Chris grew up in Caste Rock, completing all of his primary education (pre-school through high-school) within District 4, and now his children are doing the same. “Colorado, and particularly District 4, has always been my home. Many of the teachers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, business owners, police officers, and other public servants are my class mates and friends. It’s time for me to give a little something back to the communities which made me who I am today.”
Governor Gary Johnson states: “Chris Grundemann embodies the Libertarian ideals of freedom and personal liberty and will make a fantastic State Senator for Colorado. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Chris Grundermann!”
Chris Grundemann: “I endorse Gary Johnson for President of the United States because he will bring a fresh perspective to Washington, one which we have not seen since the founding fathers declared independence.
Michele Poague for Colorado Senate, 29th District.
Michele Poague was born in Newman Grove, Nebraska and raised in southwest Denver with 5 sisters and a brother until her family moved to South Dakota where she attended high school. After attending Nettleton Business College, Michele left South Dakota and spent the next six years in Las Vegas, Nevada before returning to Colorado over 25 years ago in 1984. Michele has been employed with Bavaria Inn Restaurant since that time. In 1998, she was instrumental in the creation of the original Tea Party, The Glendale Tea Party In 2002, Michele published her first non-fiction book, Creating a Successful Convention. In 2011, she published her first two books of a science fiction trilogy, The Healing Crystal: Heir to Power and Fall of Eden. In 2012, she will publish the final book of the trilogy, The Healing Crystal: She has served as Secretary of the Denver Libertarian party, as State Chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party, as a delegate to the Libertarian Party National Convention and in 2008, as the Executive Producer of the Libertarian Party National Convention
Gary Johnson says, “As a State Senator, Michele Poague will support the Libertarian principles of maximum freedom and minimum government on every issue, every time. Be Libertarian with me. Vote for Michele Poague!”
Michele Poague, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because as Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson proved he is honest, courageous, and will fight for our freedom.”
Matthew Webber for Colorado House of Representatives, District 12.
Matthew A. Webber is not a Native of Colorado, but that’s because the choice was not his; both of his children are. Approaching 40, Matt found himself in a situation many Americans would find familiar, unsatisfied with his current work situation and not sure what do next. He was sure that a change needed to be made, that nobody was going to do his work for him, and that he shouldn’t expect anybody else to either. After 15 years in the plumbing sales & service industry, he decided to pursue a second college degree and will soon be designing product instead of selling it. This is the American Dream that previous generations fought to preserve for us, that anybody should be able to change their life situation provided they are able to prioritize financial and time commitments, and they are also willing to make the sacrifices that those choices require. This is the American Dream that Matthew A. Webber will fight for if elected to Colorado’s State House from District 12.
Gary Johnson says, “Matthew Webber understands that he will not always like the decisions that your fellow citizens make, nor the issues they choose to prioritize, but individual liberty and personal responsibility dictate that he not make those decisions for anybody else. He is the natural choice to represent District12 in the Colorado State House. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Matthew A. Webber!”
Matthew A. Webber, “I endorse Gov. Gary Johnson for President of the United States because he is the only candidate I trust to let his principles and judgment guide his policies, not big dollar donors’. Even better that I believe his principles are the truest to our country’s founding and subsequent growth.”
Daniel Lewis for the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 52.
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.”
Sterling Russell for Texas House of Representatives, District 15
Sterling Russell enjoys a local reputation as an advocate for freedom and liberty in Montgomery County, Texas. Mr. Russell spent the last 10 years arguing in favor of a limited constitutional government, free markets, and ending prohibition. He is known across the local community of Republicans and Democrats as always supporting civil liberties and constitutional rights above all else. Sterling Russell has always supported small business and will continue to after being elected to represent the State of Texas.
Sterling Russell was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Spring, Texas. He graduated from Spring High School and immediately joined the work force. Over the next ten years, Mr. Russell worked tirelessly in the energy sector to ensure quality, highly efficient, and environmentally sound products were introduced into the field. Sterling has worked on projects on 3 continents, 5 countries, and across the United States.
Governor Johnson says, “Sterling Russell will bring back the true definitions of liberty and freedom to the great state of Texas. As a continual fighter for total liberty and minimal government, A vote for Sterling Russell for Texas State House of Representatives in District 15, is a vote to take a stand for Texas freedom. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Sterling Russell!”
Sterling Russell, “In this day and age, it is a rarity to see a candidate take a stand on principled issues; Gary Johnson is that candidate and Sterling Russell is happy to have a chance to endorse his campaign.”
Kenny Barlow for Utah House of Representatives, 59th District.
Kenny writes, “I was born in California and adopted by my parents, Gene and Linda Barlow, both Utah natives. My father worked for IBM for several decades which stirred up a love in me for computers and technology; it also required the family to move around frequently. As a child, I lived in Florida and Texas, however, when I was 15, my father decided to accept retirement from IBM and take the family back home to Utah where we settled down in Orem. I attended Timpanogos High School in Orem and received my B.S. in Political Science from Utah Valley University. I am the Sales Manager for North American Arms, a firearms manufacturer, in Provo. I met my wife, Kandis, at a church function and have been married for over two years. We live in Orem in the new Hidden Acres development off 800 North and 1200 West. I am pursuing graduate studies at George Washington University’s School of Political Management and I am actively involved in the Liberty movement in Utah. I produce a liberty themed podcast, as well as serve as the Media Director for both the Libertarian Party of Utah as well as the Utah Liberty Institute. Kenny is also the only Libertarian candidate who has been endorsed by Equality Utah in this year’s campaign.
Governor Johnson says, “Kenny has been on the forefront of the battle to privatize the alcohol industry in Utah and to grow its economy as well as being an ardent supporter of gay rights. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Kenny Barlow!”
Kenny Barlow, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because of their proven track record. Their Principles are the only way to “right the ship” of America and set us on the course of Liberty and prosperity again.”
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.”
Mark Loewe for Texas State Board of Education, 5th District.
Mark Loewe is the coauthor of a graduate level quantum mechanics textbook, taught physics at universities, helped to develop a tiny on-wheel pump to maintain proper car tire pressure, and does microelectronics research and development. Mark devised progressive vouchers during the 1980s to attract tens of billions of additional private dollars per year into American K-12 education and to maximize public education funds available for any child. Mark wrote House Bill 2959 (81st Legislature) for Texas to acquire low cost mathematics and science textbooks for children to keep permanently.
Gary Johnson states, “Mark Loewe’s progressive voucher and low cost textbook proposals have great fiscal and educational merit. Progressive vouchers can be used as one way to maximize freedom in school choice and improve American K-12 education. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Mark Loewe!”
Mark Loewe, “As Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson led efforts to improve K-12 education through school vouchers. As President, Gary Johnson would support school vouchers in states, territories, and Washington, DC.”
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 S. Kraus for City Council, Alexandria Virginia.
Robert Kraus will offer solutions, not slogans, in his campaign for City Council by bringing over 20 years of fiscally responsible business experience to the city. In addition to currently serving as the Director of Operations, and as a past acting Executive Director of the national Libertarian Party, Robert is an active volunteer at the Little Theatre of Alexandria as well as Alexandria’s Port City Playhouse. Robert also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Northern Virginia Community College teaching management, finance and accounting. If elected Robert promises to: Reevaluate the Waterfront Project and halt special favors for developers; Target and get rid of failed programs and needless spending; cut taxes and spending to save approximately $1,400 off the average homeowner’s tax bill.
Governor Johnson says, “Robert will listen to the taxpayers of the city and put their needs ahead of special favors for developers. Robert will put his cost cutting knowledge to use to cut city expenses, expose and remove city government waste, and restore spending to 2007 levels. Be Libertarian with me; Vote for Robert Kraus!”
Robert Kraus: “When you look at the record, the experience, the results, there is only ONE choice for President, and that is Gary Johnson! Live Free and Be Libertarian with me – vote for Johnson/Gray in 2012!”
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