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Ron Williams

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Candidate for
U.S. House, Mississippi, District 4
Campaign website
Ron Williams was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Mississippi. Previously, he was a Republican candidate for Governor of Mississippi in the 2011 elections. He lost in the primary to Phil Bryant.
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Williams grew up in Pascagoula. He and his wife, Towana, have owned Hazmat Services, Inc. for the past 20 years. He prides himself on being a small business owner and a candidate who "does not come from the background of corporate business or big politics."[1]

Williams served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, earning the position of ship Captain.


  • Attended Mississippi State University


On his campaign website, Williams identifies the following key issues of his campaign:

  • Support small business:"I will work to end no bid contracts. For years, large companies have been able to buy their way into huge government contracts. Many times, these companies charge more for their services than small businesses willing to do these services for a lower cost. This costs the government more and is a reason we have such a deficit in the state economy. Competition and the free market will decide who gets hired."[2]
  • Healthcare:"Healthcare is a huge portion of the budget. There are also huge gaps in accountability for where that money goes. I will look at that budget, find out where money is being wasted, and where money is needed most. As Governor, I will try to make healthcare more affordable for people, but I don’t support forcing anyone to buy it- I will not support the Obama healthcare plan. Additionally, I will not reduce medicare benefits for our elderly. We will reduce fraud and control costs by claiming term limits on non-elderly participation."[2]
  • Education:"I will review where money for education is going, streamline education spending by getting rid of any and all waste, and use money saved to fully fund textbooks and supplies for teachers. As Governor, I will support school vouchers and charter schools to give children and their parents more choices when it comes to education. 61.77% of our budget goes to education. If we can identify places where that money is wasted, we can re-appropriate that money to places where it would be more effective, all the while making sure not to take anything away from teachers."
  • Crime:"I will revamp the criminal justice system to make it more efficient. I believe there are two types of offenders: those we are scared of and those we are mad at. The ones we’re scared of are the ones who committed heinous, terrible crimes like murder. The ones we’re mad at are ones who commit crimes like dodging tickets or other misdemeanors. The cases with the ones we are mad at should be looked so we make sure to fix the problem at its source so the small crime doesn’t happen again. The ones that commit the larger crimes then can get the right attention. As Governor, I will also more thoroughly review our death penalty process to make sure that our system is completely sure that he committed the crime."[2]
  • Taxes:"As Governor, I will work to reduce the income tax. Instead, I support the fair tax or something like it, which only taxes us for things we spend money on, like goods and services. This means our paychecks- our entire paychecks- stay with us. Furthermore, the tax code has become ridiculously lengthy and complicated - it needs to be simplified and implemented without exception."[2]
  • Immigration:All the other candidates support E-Verify, which is what the USCIS, the immigration department, uses to check on an employee’s legal status, but the system is extremely slow in enforcement so many times, illegal employees get their paychecks and leave before getting caught. I support new legislation that would incur harsher penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants. As Governor, I will also work with USCIS to enforce these new laws in a more efficient manner."[2]



See also: Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Williams was defeated by incumbent Steven Palazzo.[3] Williams ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Mississippi's 4th District. As the nominee on the Libertarian ticket, Williams faced incumbent Steven Palazzo (Republican), Michael Herrington (Democratic), and Robert W. Claunch (Reform) in the November 2012 general election.[4]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matthew Moore 28.8% 82,344
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 64.1% 182,998
     Libertarian Ron Williams 0.7% 2,108
     Reform Robert W. Claunch 6.3% 17,982
Total Votes 285,432
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"



Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party James Broadwater 1.2%
     Republican Party ApprovedaPhil Bryant 59.5%
     Republican Party Dave Dennis 25.7%
     Republican Party Hudson Holliday 4.7%
     Republican Party Ron Williams 8.8%
Total Votes 289,788

See also

State Executive elections

MississippiWest Virginia

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Attorney GeneralSecretary of State
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