Matthew Solodow

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Matthew Solodow
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 12
Place of birthAlbany, New York
ProfessionSenior Project Manager
Campaign website
Matthew Solodow was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of Texas.[1]

Solodow unsuccessfully sought election to the seat in 2012 as well. Solodow was defeated by Republican incumbent Kay Granger on November 6, 2012.[2]


Solodow is a certified Senior Project Manager. He has worked for a number of companies, including Southwest Airlines, Capital One Bank, FedEx, RadioShack, Microsoft, Compaq/HP, Sprint and Verizon.[3]


Campaign themes


Solodow'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 act irresponsibly. The government should stop picking winners and losers."
  • End foreign wars
Excerpt: "Republicans used to say they opposed nation-building, yet they have led nation-building efforts in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats promised to end the wars abroad, but they have only prolonged them. We need to end our policies of foreign interventionism now, stop the drone attacks, and bring our troops home."
  • 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. Drug abuse can be a serious health issue, but it should not be a crime."
  • Shut down federal departments
Excerpt: "We need to shut down federal departments such as Education, Commerce and Homeland Security. Republicans have often promised to reduce these departments, but have not followed through on these promises."
  • 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."



See also: Texas' 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Solodow ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 12th District. Solodow did not receive the nomination at the Libertarian Party state convention.[5]


See also: Texas' 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Solodow ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 12th District. He ran as a Libertarian candidate. He ran against incumbent Kay Granger (R) and Dave Robinson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Texas District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Granger Incumbent 70.9% 175,649
     Democratic Dave Robinson 26.7% 66,080
     Libertarian Matthew Solodow 2.4% 5,983
Total Votes 247,712
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Solodow and his wife, Alana, have two children and live in Kellar, Texas.[3]

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