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Shawn Quinn
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Maryland Governor
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service20
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Shawn Quinn was the 2014 Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of Maryland. Party spokesman Lorenzo Gaztanaga was nominated for lieutenant governor, and the two run on a single ticket in the general election.[1] Shawn Quinn lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Quinn previously ran as a for District 29C of the Maryland House of Delegates. The primary election was on September 14, 2010, and the general election was on November 2.


Quinn graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He then joined the United States Navy in 1980 serving until 2000.[2]

In addition to his military career, Quinn worked with the American Red Cross, in law enforcement and as a hazardous material truck driver.[2]

Quinn has been active in the Libertarian Party. He serves a central committee member of the Maryland Libertarian Party. He also ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010.[3]


Campaign themes


Quinn listed the following issues on his campaign website:[4]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We want to cut taxes."
  • Welfare
Excerpt: "First let’s put incentives in place to get people off the welfare system. Than we should put in place a way to get the government out of the charity business. Private charities and groups do a better and more efficient job of helping the truly needy get back on their feet."
  • Marriage equality
Excerpt: "The government needs to get out of the marriage business. It is a contract between two adults. I do not want to force churches to marry anyone, but I also don’t think the government should interfere with any adult marring any other adult."
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I don’t think it is the Government’s job to interfere in this decision. I also don’t think the tax payer should have to foot the bill. I believe we should leave the decision between a women and the father (If it’s not a case of rape) with advice from her doctor, family and church. She should also be able to decide which of those she wants to include in her decision process. Late term is out of the question."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: " This is pretty much a federal issue. I have mixed feelings about the state providing services for someone who is breaking the law and hanging people out to dry because the federal government didn't do their job. I would tend to side with people first."
  • Privacy rights
Excerpt: "e have a right to privacy. I have a big problem with government finding new and better ways to spy on us. I also marched in DC against the NSA. They should not be tapping our phones and computers."
  • Gun control
Except: "As for the 2nd Amendment, I am for every law abiding citizen to be able to own any firearm they choose."



See also: Maryland Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Quinn was the 2014 Libertarian nominee for election to the office of Maryland Governor.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Quinn ran unopposed in the September 14 primary. He faced incumbent Republican Anthony O'Donnell and Chris Davies (D) in the general election. Quinn lost, coming in second.[5]

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