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Jim Higgins

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Jim Higgins
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Candidate for
Governor of Missouri
Bachelor'sOhio University (1973)
ProfessionComputer systems analyst
Campaign website
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Jim Higgins was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Missouri in the 2012 elections.[1]


  • BS, Civil engineering, Ohio University



See also: Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012

Higgins was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Missouri in 2012. He ran unopposed in his party's primary election and was defeated by incumbent Jay Nixon (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Governor of Missouri General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay Nixon Incumbent 54.8% 1,494,056
     Republican Dave Spence 42.5% 1,160,265
     Libertarian Jim Higgins 2.7% 73,509
Total Votes 2,727,830
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.


On his website, Higgins explains his position on the following issues:[3]

  • K-12 Public Schools - Funding for K-12 makes up about 25% of the total budget. School administrators should have more flexibility in school curriculum, and should have more flexibility in providing better pay for teachers. There needs to be more innovation in education. Throwing money at the problem does not help. Parents should be able to use vouchers to send their children to the school of their choice.
  • China Hub - There should be a level playing field for all business. There should not be special incentives for any particular business or industry. The state should not play favorites by granting tax incentives to specific enterprises. The state should not give special incentives for the China Hub.
  • Property rights Vs. Eminent Domain - The state should be protecting private rights. Eminent domain has been abused when used for private development.
  • Gun Ownership - The second amendment guarantees your right to own a gun and defend yourself. The state government should not register guns or keep records of gun ownership.
  • Reduce Regulations - Special interests have too much influence over our legislators, which results in regulations that benefit special interests. The state should have a regularly scheduled review to eliminate unneeded regulation.
  • I-70 Tolls - There should be no tolls on I-70. We do not need three lanes between St Louis and Kansas City. MODOT will have to get by with funds they receive now just as Missouri families have to do.
  • Legalize Cannabis - Drug prohibition, just like alcohol prohibition has not worked. The high prices that occur when drugs are illegal spawn gangs and violence. Because penalties for drug offenses are so severe our prisons are overcrowded which can cause the release of truly of violent criminals. Personally I believe that drug use is foolish but people should be able to do foolish things. Government should not try to control behavior.
  • Death Penalty - Missouri should join the growing number of states that have abolished the death penalty. The court system still sometimes convict innocent people. The recent advances in DNA evidence has proven that mistakes are made. The appeals system for death row inmates is actually more expensive to administer than the cost of incarceration for life.
  • TIF – Tax Increment Financing - Poorly designed TIF laws have caused problems. The original purpose of TIF was to help develop marginal or blighted areas. However TIF has become a vehicle to fund projects such as shopping malls in affluent areas. The biggest winners in this scenario are the construction contractors.
  • Red Light Cameras - Red light cameras are an invasion of privacy and should be discontinued. Also, red light cameras lack due process of law because they ticket the car and not the person.

Higgins submitted his biography to Ballotpedia, including his political philosophy:

"Freedom and the free market work, not the crony Capitalism we have today. In a true free market people from all walks of life will be more prosperous and live more rewarding lives. It's naive to think that elected with the power to tax and regulate will look out for our best interest. Power corrupts. All attempts at big government have failed or are failing."

Previous elections

Higgins ran to represent Missouri in the U.S. Congress in 1992, 1994 and 2002.

Campaign donors

Higgins lost the election to the position of Governor of Missouri in 2012. During that election cycle, Higgins raised a total of $1,046.

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