Josh Gilliland

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Josh Gilliland
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Colorado, District 4
High schoolLicking Valley High School, 1993
Bachelor'sOhio University, 1997
Master'sUniversity of Colorado, 2005
Date of birthJanuary 27, 1975
Place of birthZanesville, Ohio
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Josh Gilliland was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Colorado.


Campaign themes


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

  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "As individuals we have to run our household budgets tightly, and we should demand that the government does the same"
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I'm against the progressive tax system. I do not believe that individuals should be punished by paying a higher tax rate due to being financially successful. I support the Fair Tax. "
  • Corporate Bailouts
Excerpt: "A business should never be deemed to large to fail by the government. Capitalism is based on the principal of risk/reward. If you allow businesses to only enjoy the upside without the consequences of failure then your capitalistic model has failed leaving the taxpayers to pay the bill."
  • Civil Liberties
Excerpt: "All people should be allowed to make personal decisions free from government interference."
  • Drug Policy
Excerpt: "Over half a million Americans were arrested last year for marijuana possession. It is widely agreed upon that marijuana is less harmful to individuals & society than alcohol."



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

Gilliland ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Colorado's 4th District. He ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Libertarian Primary. He was defeated by incumbent Cory Gardner (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brandon Shaffer 36.8% 125,715
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner Incumbent 58.4% 199,842
     Libertarian Josh Gilliland 3.1% 10,674
     Constitution Doug Aden 1.7% 5,845
Total Votes 342,076
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Gilliland is married and has three children.[3]

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