Rodger Paxton

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Rodger Paxton
Former candidate for
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 50
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWest Memphis High School (1994)
Associate'sITT Technical Institute (2004)
Campaign website
Rodger Paxton was a 2014 Libertarian candidate for District 51 of the Arkansas House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


Paxton's professional experience includes working as a Network Manager for Strategic Behavioral Health.[1]


Campaign themes


Paxton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Get rid of the Personal Income Tax

  • Excerpt: "I will work to reduce and eventually remove the personal income tax in Arkansas. If 7 other states can make it without taking money from our paychecks, so can Arkansas. Arkansans should be free to spend their money as they see fit without having to send a bunch of it to Little Rock before they even get it."

Protect and expand our Gun Rights

  • Excerpt: "I will work for a true Constitutional Carry law in Arkansas, like 5 other states in our nation, that allows you to carry anytime without a license, as long as you are eligible to own a firearm."

Give our children School Choice

  • Excerpt: "I support a voucher program that would force schools to improve or close their doors. If you, as a parent, are able to choose the best school for your child, this will force schools to improve or lose money from your child’s tuition."

Keep our existing Term Limits

  • Excerpt: "The Arkansas legislature has very clear and low term limits. These need to stay. Our current legislature is trying to sneak in increased term limits through an “ethics” amendment in November, even though Arkansans voted by a 70% margin in 2005 to keep the term limits as they are now. If this passes, I will work to bring back the current term limits to our Arkansas legislature. "

Pass Medical Marijuana legislation in Arkansas

  • Excerpt: "I will work to pass legislation in Arkansas to make marijuana legal for medicinal purposes to give immediate relief to the thousands in Arkansas who need this medicine but live in fear of being arrested for treating their illnesses. Police should be spending their limited time and resources stopping criminals from harming others and leave peaceful citizens alone to choose their own medicine. "



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Deborah Ferguson was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Rodger Paxton (L) in the general election.[3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Ferguson Incumbent 73.8% 4,089
     Libertarian Rodger Paxton 26.2% 1,454
Total Votes 5,543


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Paxton ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives District 51. Paxton ran unopposed in the May 22 Libertarian primary, and was defeated by Democrat Deborah Ferguson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] No Republican ran in this contest.[6]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Ferguson 79.2% 6,794
     Libertarian Rodger Paxton 20.8% 1,786
Total Votes 8,580


Paxton and his wife, Jessica, have two children.[1]

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