Frederick Stralow

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Frederick Stralow
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Former candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMalakoff High School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service12
Date of birthJune 14, 1966
Place of birthAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Campaign website
Frederick Harrison "Rick" Stralow (b. June 14, 1966) was a 2014 Libertarian candidate for District 4 of the Texas House of Representatives.[1]


Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stralow moved throughout Texas with his family as a child until they settled in Payne Springs, Texas in 1980. Stralow graduated from Malakoff High School in 1984. During high school, he also attended Henderson County Junior College studying English and U.S. History.[2]

Upon graduation from high school, Stralow enlisted in the United States Air Force. He trained and later served as a fuels specialist.[2]

Stralow was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1996. He then worked as a construction superintendent until 2008. Since November 2008, he has received social security disability.[3]

Military honors

Stralow received the following honors while serving in the United States Air Force:[3]

  • USAF Commendation Medal
  • USAF NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon
  • USAF Overseas Service Long Tour Ribbon
  • USAF Longevity Service Award
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • USAF Training Ribbon
  • USAF Good Conduct Medal
  • USAF Outstanding Unit Award


Campaign themes


Stralow provided the following statement about his political philosophy to Ballotpedia:[3]

My political philosophy Libertarian/Tea Party/Constitutionalist. I hope to bring "TRUE" transparency to government office. I hope to establish term limits, campaign finance reform and eliminate the property tax. I support the right of citizens to keep and bear arms as codified in Article I, section 23 of The Texas Constitution. I advocate the legalization of "open carry" of handguns without a license. I oppose the Trans Texas Corridor and support legislation that would forbid tolls on any highway right of way which was obtained with tax dollars or by the use of eminent domain. I opposed Proposition 6 this last election. I believe that marriage is a matter of private contract, and should not be defined or licensed by government. I believe government should neither provide, control nor require health care. I feel that most family government welfare programs are unnecessary and drive out private charity organizations. We should seek private charity organizations to replace, where possible, all welfare programs. I believe we should end the "War on Drugs," it hasn't worked. I support only voter verifiable paper trails in balloting systems used in elections and oppose any systems that can be corrupted. I decided to run for office shortly after the last election. Actually, it was Nov. 22, 2013, the anniversary day JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX. I watched "big money" push through Proposition 6 and then I followed that money. I have been an activist for many years, but never once did I think I would be running for political office. Well, here I am. Did you know that a State Representative works for 140 days every other year, unless recalled back into a Special Session by the Governor? Did you know they receive a salary of $600/month ($7,200/yr), plus $128/day for expenses while they are in session?[4]

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See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Stuart Spitzer defeated incumbent Lance Gooden in the Republican primary. Spitzer defeated Frederick Stralow (L) in the general election.[5][1][6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStuart Spitzer 89.1% 26,660
     Libertarian Rick Stralow 10.9% 3,253
Total Votes 29,913


Stralow lives in Gun Barrel City, Texas with his domestic partner, Suzanne.[2]

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