David Macko

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David Macko
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 14
PartyLibertarian
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Treasurer of American Party of Cuyahoga County
1974 - 1977
Treasurer of the American Party of Ohio
1977 - 1980
Education
High schoolJohn Adams High School
Bachelor'sCase Western Reserve University
Military service
Service/branchUS Army
Years of service1966-1968
Personal
BirthdayApril 20, 1942
Place of birthCleveland, OH
ReligionOrthodox Christian
Websites
Campaign website
David Macko was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 14th Congressional District of Ohio.[1] Macko lost to incumbent David Joyce (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Macko was previously a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 14th Congressional District of Ohio.

Biography

Macko has been involved in civic and political activities for a number of years. He has been a member of the John Birch Society since 1962 and a Commander of American Legion Post 104 in the early 1980s. From 1988 to 2003, Macko was a Northeast Region Representative for the Libertarian Party of Ohio. He has also served as the region's chairman of the state Libertarian Party, and is currently the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Cuyahoga County.[3]

Career

  • US Army SP4 E4 Honorable Discharge 1966-1968
  • Cleveland Trust Bank Investment Analyst 1968-1969
  • Associates Finance Corporation Adjustor 1969-1971
  • Statewide Insurance Agency Agent 1971-1975
  • Key Bank, formerly Society Bank Adjustor 1973-2001
  • Retired and Libertarian Activist 2001-Present

Issues

Political positions

Taxes

Macko said that he would never vote to raise taxes or fees or to impose new taxes or fees.[4]

War on Terror

Macko said that he opposed the War on Terror, as well as the Patriot Act. He also opposed the Department of Homeland Security. Macko advocated abolishing the Transportation Security Agency. He also said that he would work to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and use them to protect America's southern border.[5]

Drug War

Macko said that he wanted to end the war on drugs by repealing all federal drug laws. He also supported repeal of all federal gun control laws, including taxes on firearms and ammunition. Macko even advocated abolishing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.[6]

Healthcare

Macko said that if elected, he would work to defund and repeal the health reform law. He would also try to phase out Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He was also strongly pro-life.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Macko ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 14th District. Macko was defeated by incumbent David Joyce (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Ohio District 14 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Joyce Incumbent 63.3% 133,520
     Democratic Michael Wager 33% 69,510
     Libertarian David Macko 3.7% 7,817
Total Votes 210,847
Source: Ohio Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Ohio's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

Macko was defeated by Republican David Joyce.[8] Macko ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 14th District. Macko faced Dale Virgil Blanchard (D), Elaine R. Mastromatteo (G) and an appointed Republican nominee in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Steven C. LaTourette announced his retirement on July 31, 2012, delaying the announcement long enough to prevent the need for a special election to fill the 14th District seat.[9][10]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[11] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for ninth on the list.[11]

U.S. House, Ohio District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dale Virgil Blanchard 38.7% 131,637
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Joyce 54% 183,657
     Libertarian David Macko 3.4% 11,536
     Green Elaine R. Mastromatteo 3.8% 13,038
Total Votes 339,868
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

In 2010, David Macko was the Libertarian candidate for State Representative in Ohio House District 17. He lost in the general election to Marlene Anielski (R).

2008

In 2008, David Macko was the Libertarian candidate for Congress in Ohio's 14th Congressional District. He lost in the general election to incumbent Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R).[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 14 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven C. LaTourette Incumbent 58.3% 188,488
     Democratic William O'Neill 38.7% 125,214
     Libertarian David Macko 2.9% 9,511
Total Votes 323,213

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