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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Familiar names, unknowns on Tuesday ballot

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  • General election voters on Nov. 6 will find a full ballot, with familiar names and some less well known.
    It should be noted that voters will select electors for the office of president and vice president, rather than voting for the individuals themselves. Two presidential candidates and their running mates have debated on television and run well-funded campaigns, however four candidates are listed on the ballot.
    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are running on the Republican ticket. Romney, age 65, is a former governor of Massachusetts and a financial investor. His 5-point plan includes development of natural resources, new markets for American goods, better public education and access to higher education and job retraining, reducing the size of government and comprehensive reform that will reduce the taxes for all Americans. Ryan, 42, is a 7-term U.S. Representative from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee.
    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are seeking a second term on the Democratic ticket. Obama, 51, is a former constitutional law professor, lawyer, community activist and financial writer. His most public accomplishment during the first term was the passage of an Affordable Health Care Act. He extended a 2 percent reduction in Social Security taxes and extended unemployment benefits. He proposes legislation that would impose a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on the nation's millionaires. Biden, 69, was a Delaware senator for 36 years and has chaired the powerful Senate Committee on Public Relations and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
    Gary Johnson and James P. Gray are the Libertarian Party's candidates. Johnson, 59, grew a one-man handyman business into a multi-million dollar firm. His two terms as governor of New Mexico were characterized by aggressive cost-cutting measures. He is an outspoken critic of the war on drugs and favors legalization of marijuana. Gray served on the Orange County, Calif., Superior Court from 1989 to 2010.
    Charles O. "Chuck" Baldwin is the Reform candidate for president on Kansas ballots. A Baptist pastor and radio host in Pensacola, Fla., he is 60 years old. The national convention of the Reform Party chose Andre Barnett as president, but Kansas Reform Party state officers certified Baldwin as the state party's presidential nominee. The State Objections Board ruled that, as the state party has the authority to name presidential electors, it also has the authority to determine which candidates to list. Joseph Martin is the vice presidential candidate.
    The ballot lists three candidates for United States Representative of District 4, where Pratt County was moved after redistricting.
    Robert Leon Tillman, Wichita, retired after 24 years as a court service officer. He is the former owner of Dick's Lounge and Tillman's Family Restaurant. According to his website, he is running for Congress because he was inspired by Barack Obama. He is a Democrat.
    Page 2 of 2 - Thomas Jefferson, Wichita, is the Libertarian candidate. So inspired by the founding father's philosophies that he changed his name, he favors repealing the Private Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and returning control of issuing currency to the Treasury Department, imposing term limits on both houses of Congress, reducing all federal spending by four percent for five years, and raising the retirement age to 70.
    Mike Pompeo was elected to the House in 2008 as a Republican. A Wichita businessman in the aerospace and oilfield industries, he sponsored legislation to end all federal energy subsidies and to fence the entire United States-Mexico border. He favors school decisions at the state and local levels, with a limited federal role, and voted to return federal government agency budgets to 2008 levels, to lower tax rates and eliminate deductions.
    Mitch Holmes, St. John, defeated incumbent Ruth Teichman for State Senator of the 33rd District in the August primary election. A conservative Republican, he served eight years in the Kansas House of Representatives. He served on active duty in the United States Navy and as an intelligence specialist in the Kansas Air National Guard. He has worked as a chemist in an ethanol plant, a music instructor, adjunct professor and computer programmer.
    Marshall Christmann, 36, of Lyons, is making his first run for political office as the unopposed nominee for State Representative of the 113th District. He has associate's degrees in pre-law and political science and is pursuing a bachelor's degree at Fort Hays State University. He is chief negotiator and president of the local Chemical Workers Union and a municipal judge in Lorraine.

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