Ron Williams

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Ron Williams
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Candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
Ron Williams is a Libertarian Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi in the 2015 elections.[1] Williams is running to replace incumbent Tate Reeves (R), who is running for re-election.

Williams was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Mississippi. He was previously a Republican candidate for Governor of Mississippi in the 2011 elections. He lost in the primary to Phil Bryant (R).


Williams grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He and his wife have owned Hazmat Services, Inc. for more than two decades. He prides himself on being a small business owner and a candidate who "does not come from the background of corporate business or big politics."[2]

Williams served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and achieved the rank of captain.[2]


  • Attended Mississippi State University[2]



See also: Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Eleven state executive offices in Mississippi are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on August 4, 2015. Runoffs are scheduled for August 25 in case no candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of the popular vote in a given primary race. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2015

Lieutenant Governor
See also: Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Attorney General
See also: Mississippi Attorney General election, 2015

Secretary of State
See also: Mississippi Secretary of State

State Treasurer
See also: Mississippi Treasurer election, 2015


See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

Commissioner of Insurance

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election, 2015

Public Service Commission (3 seats)

See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
Northern District:

Central District:
Incumbent Lynn Posey (R) is not seeking re-election.

Southern District:
Incumbent Steve Renfroe (I) is not seeking re-election.


Hypothetical general election match-ups

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor: four-way race
Poll Tate Reeves* (R) Tim Johnson (D)Ron Williams (L)Rosa B. Williams (Reform)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Mason-Dixon Poll
(April 21-23, 2015)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.


See also: Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Williams was defeated by incumbent Steven Palazzo.[3] Williams ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Mississippi's 4th District. As the nominee on the Libertarian ticket, Williams faced incumbent Steven Palazzo (Republican), Michael Herrington (Democratic), and Robert W. Claunch (Reform) in the November 2012 general election.[4]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matthew Moore 28.8% 82,344
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 64.1% 182,998
     Libertarian Ron Williams 0.7% 2,108
     Reform Robert W. Claunch 6.3% 17,982
Total Votes 285,432
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign themes

On his campaign website, Williams identified the following key issues of his campaign:

  • Support small business:"I will work to end no bid contracts. For years, large companies have been able to buy their way into huge government contracts. Many times, these companies charge more for their services than small businesses willing to do these services for a lower cost. This costs the government more and is a reason we have such a deficit in the state economy. Competition and the free market will decide who gets hired."[5]
  • Healthcare:"Healthcare is a huge portion of the budget. There are also huge gaps in accountability for where that money goes. I will look at that budget, find out where money is being wasted, and where money is needed most. As Governor, I will try to make healthcare more affordable for people, but I don’t support forcing anyone to buy it- I will not support the Obama healthcare plan. Additionally, I will not reduce medicare benefits for our elderly. We will reduce fraud and control costs by claiming term limits on non-elderly participation."[5]
  • Education:"I will review where money for education is going, streamline education spending by getting rid of any and all waste, and use money saved to fully fund textbooks and supplies for teachers. As Governor, I will support school vouchers and charter schools to give children and their parents more choices when it comes to education. 61.77% of our budget goes to education. If we can identify places where that money is wasted, we can re-appropriate that money to places where it would be more effective, all the while making sure not to take anything away from teachers."
  • Crime:"I will revamp the criminal justice system to make it more efficient. I believe there are two types of offenders: those we are scared of and those we are mad at. The ones we’re scared of are the ones who committed heinous, terrible crimes like murder. The ones we’re mad at are ones who commit crimes like dodging tickets or other misdemeanors. The cases with the ones we are mad at should be looked so we make sure to fix the problem at its source so the small crime doesn’t happen again. The ones that commit the larger crimes then can get the right attention. As Governor, I will also more thoroughly review our death penalty process to make sure that our system is completely sure that he committed the crime."[5]
  • Taxes:"As Governor, I will work to reduce the income tax. Instead, I support the fair tax or something like it, which only taxes us for things we spend money on, like goods and services. This means our paychecks- our entire paychecks- stay with us. Furthermore, the tax code has become ridiculously lengthy and complicated - it needs to be simplified and implemented without exception."[5]
  • Immigration:All the other candidates support E-Verify, which is what the USCIS, the immigration department, uses to check on an employee’s legal status, but the system is extremely slow in enforcement so many times, illegal employees get their paychecks and leave before getting caught. I support new legislation that would incur harsher penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants. As Governor, I will also work with USCIS to enforce these new laws in a more efficient manner."[5]


See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2011

Williams ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Mississippi in 2011. He lost in the Republican primary to Phil Bryant on August 2, 2011


Republican primary
Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party ApprovedaPhil Bryant 59.5%
     Republican Party Dave Dennis 25.7%
     Republican Party Ron Williams 8.8%
     Republican Party Hudson Holliday 4.7%
     Republican Party James Broadwater 1.2%
Total Votes 289,788

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