David Tibbs

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David Tibbs
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 12
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCentral State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Campaign website
David Tibbs was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of Ohio.[1] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 6, 2014, but lost to incumbent Patrick Tiberi (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Campaign themes


Tibbs listed the following issues on his campaign website:[3]

  • A Just Government: "Every time a law is made that serves special interests instead of the common good, we have a dysfunctionality. When we have repeated cases of dysfunctionality, we have corruption, systemic failure. And we see it play out every day in the halls of congress, where Republican obstructionism prevents the passage of almost anything. What the House of Representatives does pass is suspect as well, since their priorities are not serving the American people."
  • Infrastructure: "Our public works are public assets. We all have a stake in their upkeep and operation, and we all share in the expense of construction and maintenance. Sometimes, infrastructure is paid for by those who actually use it most, through tolls, utility bills or special taxes on gas, airline tickets and other items. However, because infrastructure improvements affect us all by supporting our economy and providing fundamental community services, a portion of the cost is usually borne by the public through general tax revenues."
  • Climate Change: "We now have the technologies to wean ourselves from fossil fuels. By leveraging the natural energies of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, we can employ these technologies and create sustainable energy systems all over our planet. Wind, solar, hydro and wave technologies, and geothermal are all finding their way into main stream energy systems. And I for one couldn't be more thrilled about this development."
  • Education: "Our education system is based on an 1850s German model of teaching, with a strong emphasis on discipline, rigor, memorization and standardized material in math, languages, history, etc. These are all useful skills for learning, but as a holistic method for learning they are archaic. We hardly need to memorize dates when they're readily available via the Internet. Discipline must be mixed with play for creative learning to thrive. We need education that includes teaching the value of engagement, how to grow food, the design/build process, conflict resolution and similar topics that are more applicable to our lives in these times. These teachings and learnings allow us to function together with greater success. In the World 5.0 Platform, education is the final area of focus as it must be incorporated into all we do as we begin to find a new way forward."
  • Energy: "One greatly ignored facet of energy in our culture is how much locally generated energy is possible. Such distributive systems [like the Internet], are vastly more robust than monolithic energy generating stations that fail us when power lines are downed or blow up like Chernobyl or Fukushima. Rooftop solar, personal windmills and much more are possible with our commitment to sustainable energy. Having buying cooperatives like Ohio's Energy Aggregation Policy can also go far in encouraging sustainable energy production. The truth is, we must move beyond fossil fuels as quickly as possible, and take on the mammoth task of mitigating climate change."
  • Food: "The good news is there's a better way forward, and it's already coming into play. There's a lot of energy behind local, organic food production. We're seeing farmers, gardeners and entrepreneurs find new ways and new places to grow food that's high quality and great for our bodies. We're seeing urban farms, symbiotic systems like aquaponics, vertical farming systems and a host of creative ways to grow and process good food. Cities like Detroit and Flint, which have been proverbially thrown under the bus by austerity programs, are rebounding by creating a robust local food economy. And we're seeing the continued growth of organic food, where even big box food retailers have taken notice and offer an organic food section."
  • Jobs: "The Tibbs for Congress Platform is all about abundant communities, and meaningful work is at their heart. We have an opportunity to create jobs and meaningful work around all sorts of human need on the local level. Food, clothing, shelter, energy - notice that these are our ongoing requirements for life. By localizing the growth of these endeavors, we create jobs. And not just jobs, but jobs with meaning."
  • Social Security: "If The Social Security System needed funding, there are plenty of ways we can fund it by balancing other aspects of taxes as noted above. But the remarkable thing is that Social Security doesn't need funding. It's self-funded, and in good shape. The only reason potential changes to Social Security are on the radar is because this congress is hell-bent on privatizing everything possible. They don't care if your retirement is a gamble based on the ups and downs of the stock market. If elected, I'll do all I can to protect Social Security and to expose those who will compromise your retirement for a few campaign dollars."
  • Wellness and Healthcare: "I argue for universal healthcare, with a strong component of education toward wellness. A 'single payer' system as it's called, with the federal government as that single payer. Indeed, such is the case in most democratic, industrial nations. I also argue for local food, as it has vast potential to effect our level of wellness. Eating and engaging in the production and processing of local food creates wonderful opportunities to make better decisions about our health. And we gain great benefits in exercise, and camaraderie with our communities as well. Other local projects, like hemp production, can provide additional benefits. Hemp has a number of medicinal purposes, known throughout the centuries, and only in the last century buried."
  • Immigration Reform: "Comprehensive immigration reform is essential to continue the tradition of innovation that immigrants have brought to the American economy and to ensure a level playing field for American workers."
  • Ohio's Voting Power: "By far the most important thing to these voters was the economy. One note that has rung true for both parties and nearly all voters this election is that the people are desperate for a candidate that will improve our nation’s financial situation. In Ohio this is especially true. One woman proceeded to wave her Starbucks “Let’s Create Jobs” wristband around while commenting, “Let’s hope we can get this fixed today.” These people wanted jobs and financial security more than anything else this election."



See also: Ohio's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Tibbs ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 12th District. Tibbs ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014.[4] Tibbs was then defeated by incumbent Patrick Tiberi (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Ohio District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Tiberi Incumbent 68.1% 150,573
     Democratic David Tibbs 27.8% 61,360
     Green Bob Hart 4.1% 9,148
Total Votes 221,081
Source: Ohio Secretary of State

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