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Libertarians gathered in Denver, CO from May 22-26, 2008 for their National Convention.  Of the 14 candidates at the start, eight received support needed to present a nominating speech or speeches on May 25.  Then came the voting.  Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr won in the sixth round of voting, and delegates selected Wayne Allyn Root as their vice presidential nominee.
[Dec. 21, 2006 press release announcing Denver as convention location]

Bob Barr of Atlanta, GA:
(announced formation of an exploratory committee on April 5, 2008)  As of Dec. 15, 2006 Region 4 representative of the Libertarian National Committee.  President and CEO of Liberty Strategies, LLC, a public policy consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and Of Counsel with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger.  Represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican for four terms, 1995 to 2003Unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 1992.  President of Southeastern Legal Foundation, 1990-91.  U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, 1986-90.  Official with the Central Intelligence Agency, 1970-78.  B.A. from the University of Southern California, 1970; M.A. from The George Washington University, 1972; J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1977.
Wayne Allyn Root of Las Vegas, NV:
Chairman & CEO of GWIN Inc, America's only publicly-traded sports handicapping company.  Executive producer and host of "Wayne Allyn Root's WinningEDGE" on Discovery Channel, as well as host of "The WinningEDGE" radio show.  Author of Millionaire Republican.  Graduate of Columbia University.

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (AK) now of Northern VA:
On March 26, 2008 he announced he was joining the Libertarian Party; previously a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. President and founder (in the early 1990s) of Philadelphia II and Direct Democracy, nonprofit corporations dedicated to the establishment of direct democracy.  Elected to the U.S. Senate from Alaska in 1968 after defeating incumbent Sen. Ernest Gruening in the Democratic primary; re-elected in 1974; lost the Democratic primary in 1980 (served from Jan. 3, 1969 to Jan. 2, 1981).  Seconded own nomination for Vice President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention in 1972.  Author of Citizen Power: A People’s Platform (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972).   Ran unsuccessfully for U.S. House in 1966.  Member of the Alaska House of Representatives 1962-66; elected Speaker in 1965.  Ran twice unsuccessfully for Alaska House of Representatives; elected on third attempt.  Worked in real estate development in Anchorage and Kenai.  B.S. in Economics from Columbia University 1956.  Member of the United States Army, Counter Intelligence Corps, 1951-54.  Born May 13, 1930 in Springfield, MA.

Mike Jingozian of Portland, OR
CEO of AngelVision Technologies, Inc., an advertising agency he founded in 2001.  Joined the marketing group at OrCAD in Portland, OR, 1996.  Founded Partners International, Inc. in Burlington, MA, 1993.  Head of sales and marketing at Flynn Systems in NH, 1991.  Ran a sofware division at New England Business Service.  Created Mosaic Computer Security.  C.A.S. in software engineering from Harvard University, 1993.  M.B.A. from Bentley College in Waltham, MA, 1991.  B.S. in economics from New York University, Sloan School of Business, 1983.  Born April 30, 1961.

Steve Kubby of  Lake Arrowhead, CA:
Announced candidacy on August 20, 2006 at the 15th annual Seattle Hempfest in Seattle, WA.  Best known as an advocate for medical marijuana.  Libertarian nominee for Governor of California in 1998, receiving 73,845 votes out of nearly 8.4 million cast.  Played a key role in passing Proposition 215 in California in 1996.  Publisher and editor of Ski West magazine, 1986-91.  Created a property management company.  Adjunct Professor at Shasta College, 1973-75.  Founder and director of Earth Camp One, a summer camp for children, 1970-80.  Probation officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, 1969-71.  B.A. in psychobiology from California State University Northridge, 1968.  Born December 28, 1946.

George Phillies of Worcester, MA:
Physics professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; he joined WPI in 1985; his primary research area is complex fluids.  Libertarian nominee for Congress in 1998 against Rep. Jim McGovern and for U.S. Senate in 1996.  According to his autobiographical sketch Phillies left the Republican party in the late 1980's "because of the national Republican Party's actions on the deficit (it got bigger), government (it got bigger), taxes (they kept going up), and social issues ('I am not a social conservative. When George Bush attached himself to the 'Christian Right', he took the Republican Party his way and I went my way.')"  Bachelor of Science degrees in physics and in life sciences, Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Born July 23, 1947 in Buffalo, NY.

Wayne Allyn Root of Las Vegas, NV:
Chairman & CEO of GWIN Inc, America's only publicly-traded sports handicapping company.  Executive producer and host of "Wayne Allyn Root's WinningEDGE" on Discovery Channel, as well as host of "The WinningEDGE" radio show.  Author of Millionaire Republican.  Graduate of Columbia University.

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart of Lakeway, TX:
Consultant and writer.  Challenged Kay Bailey Hutchinson for her Senate seat in 2002.  Relocated to Kentucky in 1996 and later to Texas.  Senior research scientist at The Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan starting in 1976 and continued there until 1995.  Joined the Department of Surgery at St. Louis University where she became an assistant professor.  B.S. in biochemistry in 1970 and Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1974 from Michigan State University.  Libertarian activist since 1982.  Author of Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression, 1992

Christine Smith of Golden, CO
Freelance writer; has written numerous articles and is author of "A Mountain In The Wind-An Exploration of the Spirituality of John Denver" (2001).  Founded and was president of a nationwide charity for over seven years.  Born January 16, 1967 in Houston, TX.

Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action

 Old info:

Steve Kubby
Aug. 29, 2006 grab
George Phillies
May 31, 2006 grab
Christine Smith 
com  Sept. 11, 2006 grab

Kent McManigal
Oct. 25, 2006 grab

former candidates/potential candidates
Michael Badnarik (TX)2004 Badnarik for President
Libertarian nominee for Congress in Texas' 10th CD in 2006.  Libertarian nominee for President in 2004.  Libertarian candidate for Texas House of Representatives in 2000 and 2002.  Independent computer consultant starting in 2001.  Programmer and a trainer for Evolutionary Technologies International in Austin, TX, starting in 1997.  System Administrator and computer trainer at PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, 1987-97.  Worked on the Stealth Bomber simulator at Northrop in California, 1985-87.  Worked for Commonwealth Edison starting in 1977 as a Computer Programmer at their nuclear power plant in Zion, Illinois and later serving as Senior Software Engineer for their Braidwood Nuclear Simulator project through 1985.  Indiana University in Bloomington.  Born August 1, 1954 in Hammond, IN.

Lance Brown of Nevada City, CA:
CEO of, an online debate and discussion community which he co-founded in 1998.  Also Director of Future Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding non-coercive, non-governmental solutions to society's problems.  Ended campaign Jan. 22, 2007.

Doug Stanhope (currently living in a small town near the Mexican border in AZ; considering moving to Austin, TX in Jan. 2007)
Stand-up comedian for the past 16 years.  "I spend more than 40 weeks a year on the road — speaking, doing media and generating money by selling tickets and merchandise."
"any presidential run I would be 'considering' would be focused on issues of self-government, individual rights, government waste as well as...Immediate withdrawel of troops from Iraq.  Ending the War on Drugs.  Pardoning all non-violent drug offenders.  Castrating the IRS and the FCC.  Lowering the drinking age to 18."  Ended campaign May 3, 2007.


Initial site of George Phillies (Lib.)
April 7, 2006 grab
Steve Kubby
Aug. 29, 2006 grab
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