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our editors Ken Timmerman was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Maryland. Timmerman defeated Gus Alzona, Dave Wallace and Shelly Skolnick in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012.
Timmerman was defeated by Democratic incumbent
Chris Van Hollen on November 6, 2012.
Timmerman is a long-term resident of Kensington,
Maryland. He attended Goddard College for a BA in 1973 and Brown University in 1976 for his MA.
President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran
Nominated for Nobel Prize in 2006
Candidate for the
United States Senate, 2000
Timmerman has acted as "lead investigator" for families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a civil lawsuit against Iran. He has written a book on the religious persecution of Christians in Iran and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2006 for his work with John Bolton in "exposing Iran's nuclear weapons program."
The following are several policy positions outlined explicitly on Timmerman's campaign website.
Cut spending to 2008 levels
Complete the border fence with Mexico
Defend Israel as a Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital
Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012
Timmerman ran in the
2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 8th District. Timmerman defeated Gus Alzona, Dave Wallace and Shelly Skolnick in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012.
signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.
U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Chris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4%
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"
U.S. House, Maryland, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Ken Timmerman 46.2%
Timmerman was endorsed by
Representative Roscoe Bartlett from Maryland's 6th District.
Timmerman targeted his general election opponent
Chris Van Hollen in the campaign ad below.
VIDEO Ken Timmerman, "AWOL"
Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.
Timmerman lost the
United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Timmerman's campaign committee raised a total of $216,118 and spent $213,679.
U.S. House, Maryland District 8, 2012 - Ken Timmerman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $216,118
Total Spent $213,679
Total Raised by Election Winner $1,502,330
Total Spent by Election Winner $1,413,897
Top contributors to Ken Timmerman's campaign committee Citizens United $7,500
Gatestone Institute $3,000
Gerschell Academy $2,500
Healthmark Ventures $2,500
Long & Foster Realtors $2,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee Republican/Conservative $23,000
Securities & Investment $8,500
Real Estate $6,950
Lawyers/Law Firms $6,900
Timmerman and his wife Christina are long-time residents of Kensington,
Maryland. They have five children together. 
Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" Accessed April 3, 2012
Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
Timmerman's Vote Smart Profile, Biography
Timmerman's Campaign Website
Timmerman's Campaign Website, Biography
Timmerman's Campaign Website, Issues
↑ He faced incumbent
Chris Van Hollen in the November general election. Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" Accessed January 3, 2012
Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
Baltimore Sun "8th Congressional District election guide 2012" Accessed March 25, 2012
Timmerman's Campaign Website, Media
Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
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Ken Timmerman for Congress "About Ken" Accessed February 8, 2012