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|Former candidate for|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 80|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Yazoo City High School, 1977|
|Date of birth||December 29, 1958|
|Place of birth||Long Beach, California|
Vandevender was the Libertarian candidate for the Governor of Montana in the 2012 elections. He was previously a Libertarian candidate for District 84 in the Montana House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010, state legislative elections.
Born in Orange County, California, Vandevender grew up in Mississippi. He moved to Montana in 1999 and lives off the grid.
Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Elizabeth Cain was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 84 incumbent Mike Miller defeated Patrick Johnson in the Republican primary. Ron Vandevender ran as a Libertarian candidate. Miller defeated Cain and Vandevender in the general election. Incumbent Liz Bangerter (R) ran in District 82.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 80 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Mike Miller Incumbent||67.7%||2,794|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 80 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Mike Miller Incumbent||65.7%||924|
Vandevender was a Libertarian candidate for Governor of Montana in 2012. He and his running mate, Marc Mulcahy, faced Republicans Rick Hill and Jon Sonju, Democrats Steve Bullock and John E. Walsh, and independent candidates Bill Coate and Joni Oja in the general election on November 6, 2012.
According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Ron Vandevender took in over 9,000 more votes than the number that separated Bullock and Hill.
|Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Steve Bullock and John E. Walsh||48.9%||236,450|
|Republican||Rick Hill and Jon Sonju||47.3%||228,879|
|Libertarian||Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy||3.8%||18,160|
|Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 84 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Mike Miller Incumbent||81.8%||3,273|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State|
On November 4, 2008, Vandevender lost to Mike Miller (R) and Pam Ponich-Hunthausen (D) in the race for Montana House of Representatives District 84.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 84 General Election, 2008|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State|
Vandevender lost the election to the position of Governor of Montana in 2012. During that election cycle, Vandevender raised a total of $5,535.
|Governor of Montana 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ron Vandevender's campaign in 2012|
|Ron Vandevender & Marc Mulcahy||$527|
|Total Raised in 2012||$5,535|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Independent Political Report, "Libertarian Ron Vandevender To Run For Governor of Montana," January 8, 2011
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing List: Legislative," accessed October 29, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Election Canvass," accessed June 30, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Statewide General Election Canvass," accessed April 21, 2014
- Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State, "Legislative Primary Canvass - June 08, 2010," accessed April 21, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2010 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed April 21, 2014
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