Ken Timmerman

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Ken Timmerman
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Maryland, District 8
Bachelor'sGoddard College (1973)
Master'sBrown University (1976)
ProfessionInvestigative Reporter
Personal website
Campaign website
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Ken Timmerman was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of Maryland. Timmerman defeated Gus Alzona, Dave Wallace, and Shelly Skolnick in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012.[1]

Timmerman was defeated by Democratic incumbent Chris Van Hollen on November 6, 2012.[2]


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.[3]


  • President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran
  • Investigative reporter
  • Nominated for Nobel Prize in 2006
  • Candidate for the United States Senate, 2000[4]


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."[5]



See also: Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Timmerman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 8th District. Timmerman defeated Gus Alzona, Dave Wallace, and Shelly Skolnick in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012. [6]

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[7]

General election

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4% 217,531
     Republican Ken Timmerman 32.9% 113,033
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 2.1% 7,235
     Green George Gluck 1.5% 5,064
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 393
Total Votes 343,256
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Maryland, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Timmerman 46.2% 13,340
Gus Alzona 8.8% 2,542
Shelly Skolnick 12.7% 3,671
Dave Wallace 32.3% 9,319
Total Votes 28,872


Timmerman was endorsed by Representative Roscoe Bartlett from Maryland's 6th district.[8]

Campaign Issues

The following are several policy positions outlined explicitly on Timmerman's campaign website.[9]

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Cut spending to 2008 levels
  • Complete the border fence with Mexico
  • Defend Israel as a Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital

Opponent Targeted

Timmerman targeted his general election opponent Chris Van Hollen in the campaign ad below.[10]

Ken Timmerman, "AWOL"[11]

Campaign donors


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.[12]


Timmerman and his wife Christina are long-time residents of Kensington, Maryland. They have five children together.[13][13]

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