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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 17

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Joe Dehn

Square Dance Caller
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • It's time to take Washington back from the special interests of the Left and the Right that are burdening us with ever-growing regulation of our personal lives and businesses, and that are hobbling our economy with taxes and debt.
  • It's time to stop getting involved in other countries' civil wars, stop supporting monarchs and dictators, stop trying to be the world's policeman, and bring our troops home.
  • It's time to end the wars at home, too – the wasteful and counter-productive war on drugs, the unconstitutional war on guns, and the ugly war on immigrants.



Joe Dehn is a resident of Sunnyvale. He was born in New York, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has worked in the computer industry, and lived in Connecticut, Oregon, and Colorado before moving to California in 1993.

He has been a member of the Libertarian Party for 35 years and has run for public office several times previously. He served as a member of the Libertarian National Committee for many years, including two terms as National Secretary. He created the Libertarian Party's web site, the first of any political party, in 1994. He is currently the County Chair for Santa Clara County as well as a member of various committees at the state and national level.

He is running for Congress this year to offer a radically different alternative to the failed policies of the Republicans and Democrats. Under both of those parties the government has grown to monstrous proportions, come to dominate every aspect of American life, and continues to meddle in the affairs of other nations — none of which are good for us as citizens or taxpayers. He proposes the exact opposite platform: drastic cuts in the size of the federal government and taxes; ending U.S. military involvement in disputes between and within other countries, and an end to all the domestic "wars" as well, including the war on drugs, the war on guns, and the war on immigrants.

Outside of politics, his main activities relate to square dancing1. He is a caller/instructor for several local clubs, has been named a "Top Ten Caller" several times by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association, and is active in several committees of CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square Dance Callers. He enjoys dancing all programs of modern square dancing from Basic through C-4, and also volunteers as an officer of several square dance organizations and serves as webmaster for the California Square Dance Council.

1If you have no idea what this paragraph is about, because you have never heard of square dancing, or because you only did it once in fifth grade or only saw it in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, see for an explanation.

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