FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 August 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 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: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Endorsement-Request.pdf
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.
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 sixth in a series of endorsement announcements. Additional endorsements will follow as various Libertarian and Liberty-oriented candidates request same.)
Marc Victor for the United States Senate, Arizona
Marc J. Victor aka “Attorney for Freedom” is a criminal defense attorney from the Phoenix area of Arizona and a former United States Marine. He is co-founder of the Freedom Summit, an annual pro-liberty conference held in Phoenix. Marc is also featured as a significant contemporary libertarian thinker in the hardcover book entitled, I Chose Liberty by Professor Walter Block. Mark writes, “Since the age of fifteen, I have been an activist for human freedom. I have participated in countless debates, delivered a number of speeches, authored numerous articles, appeared on many radio shows to promote and defend freedom. I also co-founded the Freedom Summit, an annual conference which has attracted nationally known speakers. As an honorably discharged United States Marine, I have promoted freedom to veteran’s groups. As a criminal defense attorney, I have advocated and promoted freedom to many different actors in the justice system. When appointed Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, I made a stand for freedom. My law firm has accepted many cases not for the money, but for the freedom.
“I hope my running for office will help win hearts and minds such that people once again cherish and value freedom. I will do my best. I will continue to strongly advocate for freedom. I will not modify or water down any of my long held pro-freedom positions to make them more palatable to some voter who prefers coercion. I am focused solely on promoting and defending freedom and respectfully ask for your vote.
Governor Johnson says, “Marc Victor is a tenacious defender of Liberty. He knows the proper role of government and will steadfastly uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people. We need Marc Victor in the U.S. Senate to stop our runaway government. Be Libertarian with me — Vote for Marc J. Victor!”
Marc Victor, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they stand for the principles that made America a great nation including freedom, individual responsibility, individual rights and free markets.”
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.”
Arvin Vohra for the United States House of Representatives, 5th District, Maryland
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.
Governor Johnson says, “Arvin Vhora understands that fiscal responsibility is only possible with a Government that stays within its appropriately limited roles. He is, without question, the best candidate in Maryland’s 5th District. Be Libertarian with me – Vote for Arvin Vhora!”
Arvin Vhora, “I endorse Governor 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.
Steven Cody Reynolds for the US House of Representatives, 1st District Oregon,
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.”
Daniel Fishman for the US 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.”
Richard B. Kahn for the New Hampshire State Senate, District 14.
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.”
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!”
Eric Jackman for New Hampshire State House of Representatives, District 11.
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!”
Joseph G. Buchman, PhD
731 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Direct::435 602 0798
Campaign Office: 801 303 7926