The Ron Paul Effect

Anthony Tolda, a Paul-inspired candidate and investment manager who is running for congress as an independent in New York state

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Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who has said he’ll step down from office at yearend, has inspired a crop of candidates who are running for office on his libertarian platform

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R REPUBLICAN

I INDEPENDENT

L LIBERTARIAN

Michigan

Ray Kirkus (L) COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Says on his campaign website that he is a carpenter and mechanic who has been subject to “numerous government abuses by government bureaucrats”

Scotty Boman (R) U.S. SENATE

Kerry Bentivolio (R) U.S. HOUSE

Missouri

Jason Greene (L) U.S. HOUSE

Robyn Hamlin (R) U.S. HOUSE

North Dakota

Eric Olson (L) U.S.HOUSE

Mike Peterson (R) STATE HOUSE

Utah

Kevin Bryan (L) STATE HOUSE

Oregon

Delia Lopez (R) U.S.HOUSE

California

Brian Brady (R) GOP CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Jenny Worman (R) U.S. HOUSE

Was a director on the Board of the Screen Actors Guild

Rick Williams (R) U.S. SENATE

Nevada

Erin Lale (non-partisan race) CITY COUNCIL

Colorado

Tisha Casida (I) U.S. HOUSE

A 30-year-old owner of a small graphic design business, Casida read Paul’s End the Fed in 2008 and describes it as eye-opening. She’s facing a well-financed incumbent, Republican Scott Tipton. However, Casida’s first-time campaign has received nearly $20,000 from other “liberty-minded” people around the country.

Texas

Dwayne Stovall (R) STATE HOUSE

Ed Kless (L) STATE SENATE

George Harper (R) U.S. HOUSE

Michael Cole (L) U.S. HOUSE

Patrick Hisel (L) U.S. HOUSE

Richard Mack (R) U.S. HOUSE

Was County Sheriff in Arizona

Sam Brannon (R) COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Sterling Russell (L) STATE HOUSE

Tammy Blair (R) STATE SENATE

Zach Grady (L) U.S. HOUSE

Running for Paul’s seat

Ohio

Bill Yarbrough (R) U.S. HOUSE

Lost his race

Sean Stipe (L) U.S. HOUSE

Vermont

Robert Wagner (I) STATE SENATE

New Hampshire

Jenn Coffey (R) STATE HOUSE

Jim Forsythe (R) STATE SENATE

Jim Forsythe first heard Paul speak at a New Hampshire libertarian convention. The partner in an aerospace software company then served as a grassroots activist for his presidential run. With Paul’s endorsement, Forsythe beat his Democratic opponent in 2010 by a 23 percent margin.

Pennsylvania

Dale Kerns (R) GOP NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE

Eric Martin (R) U.S. HOUSE

Lost his race

Marc Scaringi (R) U.S. SENATE

Lost his race

Mike Koffenberger (L) U.S. HOUSE

Maine

Aaron Libby (R) STATE HOUSE

New Jersey

Rob Witterschein (I) U.S. HOUSE

West Virginia

Dale Anderson (R) MAYOR

Virginia

Floyd Bayne (R) U.S. HOUSE

Karen Kwiatkowski (R) U.S. HOUSE

The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel says Paul’s 2008 campaign brought her back to the GOP. Kwiatkowski opposed the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and wants a drastically smaller defense budget. Her Republican opponent, Bob Goodlatte, is outspending her, but she says this race is “a battle of ideas.”

Oklahoma

RJ Harris (I) U.S. HOUSE

Florida

Calen Fretts (L) U.S. HOUSE

Fretts says the Ron Paul movement gives him a natural base of supporters in an election where he’ll be outgunned financially by his rival, Republican Jeff Miller. He decided to run for office last year because “pretty much everything the government does is outside the Constitution.”

Don Stephenson (L) SCHOOL BOARD

Peter Richter (L) STATE HOUSE

Tennessee

Daniel Lewis (L) STATE HOUSE

His campaign website: Getyour-country-back.com

Shaun Crowell (L) U.S. SENATE

North Carolina

Adam Brooks (L) COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Mark Hopp (R) COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Glen Bradley (R) STATE SENATE

Jeremy Adams (R) STATE HOUSE

Jordon Greene (R) STATE HOUSE

Kent Wilsey (L) STATE HOUSE

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