Jim Pirtle

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Jim Pirtle
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Colorado, District 5
Date of birthAugust 6, 1956
Place of birthKansas City, KS
ProfessionOwner, Video Support International Incorporated
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Jim Pirtle was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Colorado.


Campaign themes


Pirtle's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "America, we must have a balanced budget! Check the U.S. Debt Clock and you will find that the U.S. tax revenue is over $2 trillion. However, Congress is spending over $3 trillion. Our total debt is over $15 trillion, while the interest alone is over $203 billion."
  • Wars
Excerpt: "The war in Afghanistan is an unfortunate position we as a country were forced into. The initial mission was to limit Al Qaeda’s activities and capture Osama Bin Laden. It has taken 10 years, to achieve 1 goal. The fault lies not with our military, but with our lack of planning by our leadership in Washington."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Our great nation is based on immigration. All Americans, except for Native Americans, are from different nations and immigrated to the U.S. One associate I work with came to this country from Peru. His family applied for and received approval to immigrate. We are a melting pot of all nationalities, religions, and cultures. We live together, work together, and pay taxes together."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "In 1983 the Social Security Act (SSA) was last amended, with the intent to SUPPLEMENT retirement. Many people don't understand this fact. Our government leaders have been using this fund as a political tool for re-election."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "The U.S. Census indicated 311 million people reside in the United States. Of these, over 13 million are unemployed, according to the bureau of labor statistics. If you combine those unemployed and the people that can only get part-time work, the total ends up over 24 million."



See also: Colorado's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pirtle ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Colorado's 5th District. He ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Libertarian Primary. He was defeated by incumbent Doug Lamborn (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

U.S. House, Colorado District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Lamborn Incumbent 65% 199,639
     Libertarian Jim Pirtle 7.4% 22,778
     Independent Dave Anderson 17.4% 53,318
     Green Misha Luzov 6% 18,284
     Constitution Kenneth R. Harvell 4.3% 13,212
Total Votes 307,231
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Pirtle and his wife, Valerie, have two children.[3]

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