Jim McDermott (Alaska)

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Jim McDermott
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Alaska, At-Large
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWayland Baptist University
Master'sUniversity of La Verne
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
BirthdaySeptember 4, 1957
Campaign website
Jim McDermott is a 2014 Libertarian candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Alaska.[1]

McDermott was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who unsuccessfully sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Alaska. He lost to incumbent Don Young (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


McDermott holds a B.S. in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University and an M.S. in business organizational management from the University of La Verne. He is a business instructor for the University of Alaska and served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force.[3]


Campaign themes


McDermott's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Military: "Military action should only be employed when our homeland is threatened. We need to bring our troops home ASAP, and employ them to secure our own borders"
  • Immigration: "I believe we ought to allow for a more free flow of immigration (work-visa) for those who can find work & contribute to our society. Especially recent university graduates with degrees in highly sought after fields of industry need."
  • Drugs: "I believe that certain drugs ought to be regulated in the same manner as alcohol. Spend some of that money earned from regulation to educate people on the danger of alcohol & drug abuse. The many billions of dollars saved can be used to enhance our society and reduce taxes."
  • Law Making: "We are a nation of laws but also a nation of redundancy within our legal system. We need to re-examine national laws to ensure only the needed & relevant laws are in place."
  • Crime: "Let's help law breakers through rehabilitation programs, and not allow the worst of the worst to prey over other inmates."


—Jim McDermott's campaign website, http://mcdermott4congress4alaska.com/issues.html



See also: Alaska's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2014

McDermott is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Alaska's At-Large District. McDermott ran unopposed for the Libertarian nomination in the primary on August 19, 2014. He will face incumbent Don Young (R) and Forrest Dunbar (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]


See also: Alaska's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

McDermott ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alaska's at-large District. McDermott faced Sharon Cissna (D), Don Young (R) and Ted Gianoutsos in the general election. Incumbent Don Young won re-election on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

U.S. House, Alaska At-Large General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Young 63.9% 185,296
     Democratic Sharon M. Cissna 28.6% 82,927
     Libertarian Jim C. McDermott 5.2% 15,028
     NA Ted Gianoutsos 1.9% 5,589
Total Votes 289,804
Source: Alaska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


McDermott and his wife, Janet, live in Fairbanks, AK.[10]

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