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Jim Ragsdale

Jim Ragsdale

Jim Ragsdale is the founder and Director of Operations of PurpleState, LLC. He is a seasoned administrator, I/T coordinator, web developer, and sales/marketing professional, leading companies including Dunn & Dunn Data Systems, Inc. and Bankers Alliance Insurance Group.

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Jeff Rasley

Jeff Rasley

Jeff Rasley is the author of ten books; the most recent is Polarized! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump. He is the author of over 60 published articles. Rasley practiced law for thirty years in Indianapolis, Indiana and was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Indiana University School of Law, and Christian Theological Seminary. Rasley is founder of the Basa Village Foundation and is liaison for the Nepal-based Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks, Ltd. He teaches a class on philosophy of philanthropy for Butler University's Honors Program. Rasley serves as an officer or director for six nonprofit organizations.

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Roy Rasmussen

Roy Rasmussen

Roy Rasmussen, co-author of "Publishing for Publicity," is a freelance copywriter. His most recent projects include books on cloud computing, small business management, sales, and business coaching.

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Gary Reinhardt

Gary Reinhardt

Gary is an attorney with Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith and former Independent candidate for the 65th District of The Virginia House of Delegates.

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Jeff Rempfer

Jeff Rempfer

Jeff has been registered as Non-Affiliated for over 20 years. He is a big fan of Ralph Nader, having been a member of the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) in the 70's. He supports Nader's most eloquent statement about the two major parties being "two sides of the same coin."

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Jim Rex

Jim Rex

Former high school English teacher and football coach. Former higher education administrator (college president, provost, dean). Former SC Constitutional Officer.

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Remy Reya

Remy Reya

Remy Reya is a freshman at Princeton University. He plans on studying government and music and is very interested in education, homelessness, and criminal justice issues.

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Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds

Mark earned a B.A. in Political Science from Dominican University of California. After graduating from Dominican, he worked at Nielsen Merksamer, one of the top lobbying and political law firms in California. He also writes about sports for the sports website Bleacher Report. Twitter: @markreynolds33

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Alan Reynolds

Alan Reynolds

I am an Independent Candidate for CA Lt. Governor, a volunteer City Commissioner, Engineer, and small businessman who was born and raised in California. I attended public schools in CA and went to USC for Aerospace Engineering and spent time as an Environmental Project manager, assisting engineering projects/environmental studies at the Port of Los Angeles and Huntington Beach. I worked as an Engineering Consultant and Technical Sales specialist before starting my own business, Reynolds Sales and Consulting. I have been a member of the Modern Whig Party, a follower of the Reform Party and a fan of the Centrist Project for some time. www.alansreynolds.com

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Dan Richards

Dan Richards

In my younger years I lived a mobile life, traveling to different jobs by choice, building up restaurants and other businesses then getting bored with that place when they started producing a good revenue, and moving somewhere else and doing this all over. Ive also spent time with the US Forestry as a Surveyor out of Lufkin, Texas, done a lot of work as a Maintenance Technician until it no long was a profitable job due to illegal workers brought the wages down to where you could no longer survive in this business. I started my own maintenance company when I was twenty-four and made good money until the Texas economic collapse in 1988. My life has had a lot of ups and downs, some due to the political scene that affected millions of Americans, and some to situations beyond my control, and some to my own fault, or various combinations. I have learned a lot from real life experiences that have taught me not to believe either of the two political parties, but to rely on facts at hand. This is where I draw my views from, not from either party, although at times I will agree with some aspects, rarely do I agree with the totality of their views.

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Tige Richardson

Tige Richardson

Tige is a San Diego native with a passion for campaigns to elect good candidates to public office. Tige graduated from California State University Long Beach where he studied political science and communication. After graduation he worked for the California State Legislature working on a number of different issues including, K-12 and Higher Education, Business Legislation and Veteran Affairs.

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Rob Richie

Rob Richie

Rob Richie has been the executive director of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992. He has played a key role in advancing, winning, and implementing electoral reforms at the local and state levels. He is a frequent media source and has been a guest on C-SPANs Washington Journal, NPRs All Things Considered, On the Media, and Freakonomics.

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Norbert Richter

Norbert Richter

Norbert is an engineer that sees how best practices of corrective action and quality control can be applied to the political system to support reform.

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Jason Riggs

Jason Riggs

Jason Riggs is the Founder and President of the San Diego Stadium Coalition

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Cara Rinkoff

Cara Rinkoff

Cara Rinkoff has spent nearly a decade as a television news producer. She graduated from Drake University with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications with a double major in Broadcast News and History.

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Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson

A political science student of George Washington University, Eric Robinson aspires to be a political strategist and has an interest in writing.

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Oren Robinson

Oren Robinson

Oren Robinson is associate director and CTO at Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). Inspired by grassroots organizing and open source projects, Oren seeks to deepen civic inclusion and tech inclusion to build a freer world.

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Markham Robinson

Markham Robinson

Majored in Physics at the University of California at Davis and graduated with a BA in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 with an ROTC Lieutenancy in the Army Field Artillery. He has worked for several computer manufacturers in Systems Software and Telecommunications, including overseas consulting at the Swiss Credit Bank and Siemens. Owner of a financial planning software firm, he currently serves as the Executive Committee Chairman of the American Independent Party of California and as its national party Chairman.

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Aaron Robles

Aaron Robles

Aaron is a teacher living in Oakland, California. He holds a BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University, a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California. Aarons work has been featured in The Humanist, International Policy Digest, The Good Men Project and several other publications, and can be accessed at https://832webster.com. Click on the email icon above to contact him via email.

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A.G. Roderick

A.G. Roderick

A.G. Roderick is the author of the best selling book "Two Tyrants", about the failure of the two party system and election reform. He has been featured on NPR's "The Takeaway", Occupy Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio, among others. Roderick is a freelance writer and former staff writer with the St. Petersburg Times. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University and has worked as a policy analyst at the state and municipal levels.

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Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers

Heather recently graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in World Literature. She had the opportunity to travel extensively during college, completing a year abroad in Spain studying Literature and International Relations. Passionate about policy issues and public relations, Heather completed an internship with the district office of Congressman Darrell Issa in 2011. Heather is a social media intern at the Independent Voter Network office. She is also a weekly contributor to the IVN website, specializing in environmental issues. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2012, to obtain a MA in English Literature.

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Jordan Rogers

Jordan Rogers

I am a Geologist by profession .I design and plan offshore foundations using a range of geotechnical techniques.I am also freelance writer who has a passion for writing. I love sharing my views and perspective on varying issues that impacts our society on a whole through my writing.

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Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics, an independent online publication covering political happenings in Ocean County, New Jersey, the heart of the Jersey Shore. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Matthew Rumsey

Matthew Rumsey

Matt Rumsey is the Policy Associate at the Sunlight Foundation. He has a BA in History from American University. In addition to open government and transparency issues, Matt is passionate about local government and politics. He is a contributor to Greater Greater Washington, a blog dedicated to planning, policy, and politics focusing on the DC Metro area. Originally from Connecticut, Matt has lived in DC on and off for more than 7 years.

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George Runner

George Runner

Prior to his election to the Board of Equalization, Runner served twelve years in the State Legislature. As a thoughtful conservative, his legislative priorities included improving the economy, business growth, education excellence, and public safety for all Californians. As a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, Runner consistently led the fight against tax increases and supported tax relief for families and businesses.

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