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Jim McDermott
Jim McDermott Alaska.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Alaska, At-Large
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 19, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWayland Baptist University
Master'sUniversity of La Verne
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1957
Campaign website
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Jim McDermott was a 2014 Libertarian candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Alaska.[1]

McDermott was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who unsuccessfully sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Alaska. He lost to incumbent Don Young (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


McDermott holds a B.S. in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University and an M.S. in business organizational management from the University of La Verne. He is a business instructor for the University of Alaska and served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force.[3]


Campaign themes


McDermott's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Military: "Military action should only be employed when our homeland is threatened. We need to bring our troops home ASAP, and employ them to secure our own borders"
  • Immigration: "I believe we ought to allow for a more free flow of immigration (work-visa) for those who can find work & contribute to our society. Especially recent university graduates with degrees in highly sought after fields of industry need."
  • Drugs: "I believe that certain drugs ought to be regulated in the same manner as alcohol. Spend some of that money earned from regulation to educate people on the danger of alcohol & drug abuse. The many billions of dollars saved can be used to enhance our society and reduce taxes."
  • Law Making: "We are a nation of laws but also a nation of redundancy within our legal system. We need to re-examine national laws to ensure only the needed & relevant laws are in place."
  • Crime: "Let's help law breakers through rehabilitation programs, and not allow the worst of the worst to prey over other inmates."


—Jim McDermott's campaign website,



See also: Alaska's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2014

McDermott ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Alaska's At-Large District. McDermott sought the Libertarian nomination in the primary on August 19, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Alaska's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

McDermott ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alaska's at-large District. McDermott faced Sharon Cissna (D), Don Young (R) and Ted Gianoutsos in the general election. Incumbent Don Young won re-election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

U.S. House, Alaska At-Large General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Young 63.9% 185,296
     Democratic Sharon M. Cissna 28.6% 82,927
     Libertarian Jim C. McDermott 5.2% 15,028
     NA Ted Gianoutsos 1.9% 5,589
Total Votes 289,804
Source: Alaska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


McDermott and his wife, Janet, live in Fairbanks, AK.[9]

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