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Don Dezarn
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
ProfessionOperations manager
Campaign website
Don Dezarn was a 2014 Legalize Marijuana Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Dezarn was previously a 2013 Libertarian candidate for District 14 of the New Jersey State Senate.[3][4]


Dezarn is the senior operations manager for Princeton University. He has served with the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.[5]


Campaign themes


On their shared campaign website, Dezarn and Sean O'Connor highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

  • Protect individual rights
Excerpt: "I promise to be a strong and outspoken supporter of the fight to put an immediate end to the constant encroachment on our individual constitutional rights."
  • End corporate welfare
Excerpt: "Our state tries to substitute its wisdom for that of the free market by offering incentives to lure big companies to New Jersey. Not only is this bad economics, it is also a slap in the face of all of our small business owners who must compete with the tax subsidized big boys."
  • Get out of the way of job creation
Excerpt: "We need to start moving New Jersey forward by reducing taxes and eliminating burdensome regulations and bureaucracy that stifle entrepreneurship."
  • Empower parents to educate their children
Excerpt: "I will fight to free parents from the grip of the government educational monopoly."
  • End modern day prohibition
Excerpt: "We can save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by ending the prohibition of marijuana. And we can in fact bring in much needed millions by fully legalizing, taxing and regulating the sale of marijuana in New Jersey."

In an article on, Dezarn addressed legalizing marijuana and property taxes.[7]

  • Property taxes
Excerpt: "Dezarn has called for a property tax freeze as a solution for residents who feel financially overburdened. He said that expecting passage of a property tax cut is unrealistic, and would rely on a 'miraculous turnaround of the economy,' but argued a freeze would force municipalities to adapt."
  • Legalizing Marijuana
Excerpt: "...the state could realize $200 million in savings by ending the arrests, prosecution and incarceration of marijuana users."



See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Dezarn ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 12th District.[1] He lost to Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman 61% 90,430
     Republican Alieta Eck 36.5% 54,168
     Green Steven Welzer 0.6% 890
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth Cody 0.4% 567
     Democratic-Republican Allen Cannon 0.3% 450
     Legalize Marijuana Don Dezarn 0.9% 1,330
     Start the Conversation Jack Freudenheim 0.4% 531
Total Votes 148,366
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Dezarn ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 14. He was defeated by incumbent Linda Greenstein (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 14 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Greenstein Incumbent 50.4% 31,387
     Republican Peter A. Inverso 48% 29,903
     Libertarian Don Dezarn 1.6% 1,014
Total Votes 62,304

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