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United States

United States of America — Libertarian PartyCandidate for President

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Ken Armstrong

Nonprofit executive, writer
3,011 votes (10.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fiscal responsibility. Balance the budget and begin paying down the national debt.
  • Immediately cease all undeclared wars, and close overseas bases not required by treaty.
  • Criminal justice reform and restorative justice. The laws should serve the people, not the other way around. Stop incarcerating people who are not a threat.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Nonprofit executive, writer
Neighborhood Board Member, Honolulu County Neighborhood Commission — Elected position (1997–2001)
Member, Hawaii Commission for the Homeless — Appointed position (1997–1999)
Commissioned Officer, U.S. Coast Guard — Appointed position (1983–1994)

Education

U.S. Coast Guard; Hawaii Pacific University Bachelor's equiv, U.S. Coast Guard; Weinberg Fellow, Hawaii Pacific University, Public Administration; nonprofit organizational development (current)

Biography

Ken Armstrong’s campaign is becoming a breakaway phenomenon. Not since Harry Truman has any presidential candidate taken a campaign so truly to the people. But people have the right to ask, “How can Ken truly consider himself qualified to serve as President of the United States?”
 
Here is the simple answer: In the past forty years, there has only been one president-elect with more experience in federal government, diplomatic relations, or national defense. (That president-elect, just for the record, was George H. W. Bush.)

Ken brings to the table a background rich in those experiences, and a management style of surrounding himself with brilliant people who excel in their subject areas, and then equipping them to do their jobs.

Ken was born in Pasadena, California. At seventeen, he was assistant manager of one of the largest cinemas in Los Angeles County, and at eighteen, he was working on the Alaskan Pipeline, some 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

He would later enlist in the United States Coast Guard, and quickly go on to become a commissioned officer. He served in joint commands with all five military branches, commanded a NATO base in Italy, and was a NATO and United Nations adviser aboard foreign naval ships during the Bosnian War. When Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauai, he was immediately assigned by Rear Adm. Bill Donnell to command the Coast Guard’s humanitarian response.

He was a principle architect, in finance and logistics, of major international joint service operations under the auspices of Vice President George H. W. Bush, and he served outside of his specialty as a federal health care executive, working with U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. (Dr. Koop would ultimately recognize Ken’s expertise in health care management by nominating him to become the first Coast Guard line officer to be granted full membership in AMSUS — the association of federal health care professionals.)

During a significant human smuggling case in the Pacific, he led international media relations in coordination with the White House Situation Room.

He served as representative to the Pelagie Islands for the U.S. Consul General at Palermo.

As a joint service military officer, Ken was certified on the Enhanced Naval Wargaming System at Point Loma, California. He received Coast Guard and Navy training and was assigned in littoral defense operations, mine warfare, and inshore-undersea warfare. He also attended highly classified training under the auspices of the FBI and CIA in Management of Terrorist Situations.

He was a heavily decorated officer, and was nominated as Federal Executive of the Year by the Federal Executive Board of Los Angeles.

In addition to federal service, Ken was twice elected to the Honolulu County Neighborhood Board. He served at one time as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity’s Hawaii Statewide Organization, and both Oahu affiliates, substantially increasing the productivity of those organizations. He had a brief, successful career in real estate (he says he just didn’t like it), and he was a weekly columnist for Pacific Business News, among other things.

He is a graduate of U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, and a Weinberg Fellow of Hawaii Pacific University.

On May 10, 2019, he announced that he is running as a Libertarian candidate for President of the United States

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

Infrastructure Question

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

No answer provided.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Ken Armstrong:

I would support a system where consumers are truly free to select the type of healthcare they want, whether traditional or not. I would like to see the government stop legal and financial subsidies of the pharmaceutical indistry and for-profit medicine. I would oppose proposals which increase government intervention in our care. Honest competition in health care would increase quality while bringing down costs.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the President.
Answer from Ken Armstrong:

I have a draft proposal for International Free Trade Zones on the border with Mexico. These zones would be built by entrepreneurs, not government. People would be permitted to move freely into the zones, which would include shopping, dining, resort and family activities, cultural activities, entertainment, healthcare and more. Zones would also have U.S. and Mexico consular offices. 

Permitting the free movement of people into the zones, and free trade inside the zones, would be a petri dish for principles of free trade and free movement of people, and could expand without limit as these principles are tested and proven to the public.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $20,360

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Ken Armstrong
$3,736
2
Employees of Schenck, Earl Lester Mr.
$1,792
3
Employees of Crowell, Judy Ms
$759
4
Employees of Clinical Trials Of America
$700
5
Employees of Sandra Brousseau
$500

More information about contributions

By State:

Oregon 27.01%
Louisiana 24.46%
New Hampshire 15.85%
Texas 13.05%
Other 19.63%
27.01%24.46%15.85%13.05%19.63%

By Size:

Large contributions (75.89%)
Small contributions (24.11%)
75.89%24.11%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Ken's philosophy is simple: Government shouldn't do anything it doesn't absolutely need to do. The rest should be left to The People. This is not intended to be a cold, dispassionate concept, but one that lifts people to the station and the potential that only true Liberty and Freedom can offer. We should not have any preferred classes of people, but all should enjoy equal protection under law. The government should not be in the business of controling or promoting behavior, except where absolutely necessary to protect and defend our rights.

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