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Ken Ashby
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 5
PartyLibertarian
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Campaign website

Ken Ashby was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Texas.[1] Ken Ashby lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Ashby unsuccessfully sought election to the seat in 2012 as well. He was defeated by Republican incumbent Jeb Hensarling on November 6, 2012.[2]

Biography

Ashby was born and raised in Kentucky. He holds degrees in teaching and engineering and has worked in both fields. Ashby first ran for Congress in 1992 and has done so a number of times since then.[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Ashby's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • No more bailouts
Excerpt: "Republicans and Democrats keep interfering in our economy, making taxpayers pay when big businesses make bad decisions. That just encourages them to keep acting stupid. The government should stop picking winners and losers."
  • End foreign wars
Excerpt: "Republicans used to say they opposed nation-building, but they have gotten us involved in lots of nation-building. Democrats pretended that they would end the wars, but they have only prolonged them."
  • End the war on drugs
Excerpt: "The war on drugs has been expensive and destructive. The government has thrown people in prison who never hurt anyone, and has also created huge violent black markets."
  • Shut down federal departments
Excerpt: "We need to shut down federal departments like Education, Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, and others. Republicans sometimes claim they want to reduce these departments, but they're lying. Over the last twelve years, Republicans have frequently voted for massive increases in these departments"
  • No more farm subsidies
Excerpt: "Politicians from agricultural states use farm subsidies to buy votes. Farmers don't need subsidies, and most of the benefits go to huge agribusinesses. Let's reduce the burden on taxpayers by ending farm subsidies. "

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Ashby ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 5th District. Ashby won the Libertarian Party nomination at the state convention in April 2014.[5] He was defeated by incumbent Jeb Hensarling (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, Texas District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeb Hensarling Incumbent 85.5% 89,638
     Libertarian Ken Ashby 14.5% 15,252
Total Votes 104,890
Source: Texas Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Texas' 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Ashby ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 5th District. He ran as a Libertarian candidate. He ran against Linda Mrosko (D) and incumbent Jeb Hensarling (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Texas District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeb Hensarling Incumbent 64.4% 134,091
     Democratic Linda S. Mrosko 33.2% 69,178
     Libertarian Ken Ashby 2.4% 4,961
Total Votes 208,230
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Personal

Ashby and his wife, Linda, live in Dallas, Texas.[3]

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