2012-10-31 / Front Page

Presidential Election Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Debates. Polls. Commercials. Mailings. It will all come to an end Obama this Tuesday when registered voters across the nation head to the polls to select the next president Biden of the United States.

Voters will have a wide selection of candidates to choose from on November 6 in addition to the standard Republican and Democratic candidates typically found on the ticket. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Libertarian Gary Johnson are joining President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the official general election ballot.

After running uncontested in the spring, President Obama along with Vice President Joe Biden are hoping to secure a second four-year term of office in Washington, D.C. While in office Obama has worked toward getting Americans back into the workforce and bringing back economic security for the nation’s middle-class. Through the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Obama reduced small business taxes and “provided emergency funding to support almost 300,000 educator jobs, more than 4,600 law enforcement positions and investments in the clean energy sector that supported 224,500 jobs through 2010.” Through March 2012, it is estimated more than than 4.1 million private sector jobs were added over 25 consecutive months of job growth.

Healthcare and insurance have also been a hot topic for the Obama administration, which passed the Affordable Care Act. Once the law is fully implemented, officials claim about 95 percent of Americans under age 65 will have insurance.

Meanwhile, former Massachusett’s

Gov. Mitt Romney will be ranked number one on the county’s ballot as the Republican candidate Romney for president along with vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan. Elected to governor 10 years

Ryan ago, Romney addressed a variety of issues plaguing the state, including out-of-control spending and a lagging economy. During his time in office, Romney is lauded for having cast over 800 veto votes on issues that were against his conservative values. At the conclusion of his term of office in 2007, the then governor had reportedly accrued a $2 billion rainy day fund for the state.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Romney also earned dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. He is responsible for founding the investment firm Bain Capital in the mid-1980s, which launched and rebuilt companies ranging from Staples to The Sports Authority.

Libertarian candidate Jill Stein is joined on the ticket by her running mate Cheri Honkala. Stein, a native of Chicago and 1979 graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a longtime teacher of internal medicine and advocate for environmental health issues. Since 2000, she has co-authored two popular reports “promoting green local economies, sustainable agriculture, clean power and freedom from toxic threats.”

In 2002 she had her first taste of the political realm when she was solicited by ADD activists in the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party to run for governor. Stein represented the Green-Rainbow Party in two additional races, one for state representative in 2004 and one for secretary of state in 2006. In the latter of the two races, she reportedly secured the votes of more than 350,000 Massachusetts citizens, which to date is the greatest vote total ever cast for a Green-Rainbow candidate.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian, is joined on the fall ballot by vice presidential running mate James P. Gray. He served as the Republican governor of New Mexico between 1995 and 2003 and was reportedly deemed at one time as the “most fiscally conservative governor in the country.” During that time frame he logged over 750 vetoes and reduced taxes 14 times. He retired from public office due to term limits.

Prior to becoming involved in politics he operated one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico, which employed over 1,000 employees.

Three years ago, Johnson created OUR America Initiative, a nonprofit that promotes the ideas of fiscal responsibility, civil liberties and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and addressed over 150 conservative and Libertarian groups during his time as honorary chairman of the nonprofit.

Other races on the ballot this Tuesday include that of United States senator, a position currently held by Democrat Bob Casey Jr. Casey is being contested by Republican Tom Smith and Libertarian Rayburn Douglas Smith.

State attorney general candidates on November 6 are Republican David Freed, who recently spoke at the county Republicans’ fall dinner; Democrat Kathleen G. Kane; and Libertarian Marakay J. Rogers.

Voters will also be asked to cast one vote between the trio of auditor general candidates, John Maher (R), Eugene A. Depasquale (D) and Betsy Elizabeth Summers (L).

State treasurer candidates include Diana Irey Vaughan (R), Robert M. McCord (D) and Patricia M. Fryman (L).

United States Congressman Bill Shuster (R) of the 9th Congressional District will be getting some competition this fall from Democratic contender Karen Ramsburg. Ramsburg finds her name on the ballot after mounting a successful write-in campaign in the spring. In addition, Somerset County resident Paul Ritchey is seeking write-in votes during the November 6 election for the 9th District.

Having secured both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the spring, state Rep. Dick Hess of the 78th District will be running uncontested.

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