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Ron Vandevender
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Candidate for
Governor of Montana
High schoolYazoo City High School (1977)
Date of birthDecember 29, 1958
Place of birthLong Beach, California
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Roy Vandevender (b. December 29, 1958) was the Libertarian candidate for the Governor of Montana in the 2012 elections. He was previously a Libertarian Party candidate for District 84 in the Montana House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010 state legislative elections.


Born in Orange County, California, Vandevender grew up in Mississippi. He moved to Montana in 1999 and lives off the grid.[1]


  • Yazoo City High School, 1977



See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Vandevender was a Libertarian candidate for Governor of Montana in 2012. He and his running mate, Marc Mulcahy, faced Republicans Rick Hill and Jon Sonju, Democrats Steve Bullock and John E. Walsh, and independent candidates Bill Coate and Joni Oja in the November 6, 2012 general election.[2]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Ron Vandevender took in over 9,000 more votes than the number that separated Bullock and Hill.[3]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Vandevender ran for Montana House of Representatives in 2010. He lost to incumbent Mike Miller (R) in the November 2 general election.

Montana House of Representatives, District 84 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Miller Incumbent 81.8% 3,273
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender 18.2% 726
Total Votes 3,999
Source: Montana Secretary of State


On November 4, 2008, Vandevender lost to Mike Miller (R) and Pam Ponich-Hunthausen (D) in the race for Montana House of Representatives District 84.

Montana House of Representatives, District 84 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Miller 57% 2,567
     Democratic Pam Ponich-Hunthausen 38.9% 1,750
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender 4.1% 183
Total Votes 4,500
Source: Montana Secretary of State

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