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Matesz For Ohio

Daily Paul Readers:

My name is Ken Matesz. I have posted here from time to time over the last two years when I felt I could contribute to the discussion. Like many (most?) here, I registered as a Republican to vote for Ron Paul in 2008. However, for most of my adult life, I have been a Libertarian.

I am writing this to let you know I have taken a large leap and decided to run for the seat of Governor of Ohio. I am running as a Libertarian, not a Republican.

To my knowledge, there are only three candidates for this position: The incumbent Democrat career politician Ted Strickland and the similarly life-long politician John Kasich, a Republican. Mr. Kasich's only role in the private sector was a brief stint with now failed investment bank Lehman Brothers.

Both of these candidates are big governmnent, establishment candidates with all the usual backing of special interests and their respective political machines.

I am a small businessman and artisan here in Ohio. You can check out my family-run business at http://www.masonryheaterstore.com/. I have been teaching Constitution classes in the same spirit as Michael Badnarik, though I still lack his complete mastery of the subject. I am married (twenty years) and have two fantastic teenage children.

I have no establishment behind me. The Libertarian Party, though well-organized here in Ohio, has basically no funds to devote to my campaign. The only fuel for this campaign is people devoted to freedom, prosperity, and the rule of law.

You can check out my campaign website at http://www.mateszforohio.com. It's minimal right now, but it's a good start. You can also contact me by emailing ken@mateszforohio.com.

You know what this is all leading to: I need the support of the freedom community here, both in funds, volunteering, and simply spreading the news. If you know anyone in Ohio who can help in any way, I am most appreciative. This is definitely a "David and Goliath" campaign. It's me against big government. Period.

I humbly ask for your support and prayers. Each of us can only do what we can do. This is something I can do.

In Liberty,

Ken Matesz

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Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

Hey Matesz

Here is the email address for cuyahoga4liberty@gmail.com. Make sure you hit them up, they can surely help you. Hope that helps, contact them, there are alot of people this person can connect you to. I can't stand Strickland, and hope you mop it up, keep up the great work!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Buckeye Bump

I will e-mail you. I live in central Ohio and would love to kick the crap out of Strickland and Kasich!

Please email me

If you could use some assistance in Ohio. I live east of Cleveland. tgandee@myhelio.com

I live in Ohio and to be

I live in Ohio and to be honest, characterizing it as David vs. Goliath is a complete understatement.

Here in Ohio Democrats are going to vote for Strickland because they are still in love with Obama. Republicans, 9/12ers, and even a lot of the real "Tea Party" folks are going to vote for Kasich because of what he focuses on. Though I don't think Kasich is the man for the job in the same sense as I think Medina is perfect for Texas, Kasich is unfortunately the better choice and the easy choice for most people to make. This is not going to be a good race for an outsider to try to do anything in.

So why don't you try to run for a lower office? Running straight for Governor is truly bold, and I commend you for it, but this is not the right election to do it.

Just my .02

Bold, maybe.

Kasich is a big government Republican with a tarnished voting record for freedom-minded individuals.

Are you telling me that you would vote for Kasich over a true freedom candidate?


I'm actually somewhat active

I'm actually somewhat active on Kasichs Facebook page, but not in support of him rather trying to educate his followers. What you are going to run up against is a deep divide between the Dems and Repub's here. Both sides are deeply entrenched and unfortunately the outside X factor groups by and large are going to go for Kasich.

I haven't decided if I want to vote yet. I am not the kind of person to go and vote because I don't want someone to win (Strickland). I feel like regardless of whether Kasich is big government or not, I have problems with his views on the big idea of the war on terror. He's very much in the more neo-con camp in that aspect and to me that is unacceptable.

My vote is but one vote in a state full of deeply ideologically committed (even if it's to bankrupt ideas) people. All that I am saying is that this is not the right election to challenge the political behemoth here in Ohio. I deeply wish that it was not the case but that is simply the reality of the voter base in this state. That is why I suggest someone who truly is a freedom loving Ron Paulian should run for an office that you have a chance of winning.

Honestly I am not trying to disparage you, I really am not I want to see better people taking office. So go and win a seat that has a better chance for an outsider to get into.

A good time

I think I would delude myself if I were to believe there would ever be a better time to do this. The next election cycle will be exactly the same or, perhaps, worse. You know full well that this is the same pattern that has been going on for decades. People get sick of the Democrat in office and swing to the Republican, who turns out to be no better. Then they swing back to the Democrat just to get rid of the Republican.

You're not trying to disparage me? Interesting statement buried within all the reasons I should not run and it is not a good time.

With or without the help of those who share your thoughts, I am running. It is up to you whether you would like to help a campaign like mine or sit on the sidelines.

If I can reach just a handful of people this cycle and help them see liberty, it will have been worth it. I hope you will decide the same is true.


There is never a good time to

There is never a good time to challenge the political behemoth. Rather, be hopeful there is still time to challenge it at all.

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

There is one big problem with what you just stated above.

In Ohio you can vote in any primary you wish and that becomes your party affiliation for the next election cycle.

So at least one sentence in the above post is completely inaccurate.

Is there more?

No Problem

You are correct that the primary determines party affiliation. As I said, I am a registered Republican. However, I am running as and endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Ohio. My party affiliation has nothing to do with what party I choose to run within.


bump for freedom

if we can get Medina to win in Texas we can help you win too.

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I'd like to congratulate Ken

I'd like to congratulate Ken on this big move. I know Mr. Matesz personally and cannot think of a kinder, wiser, more thoughtfully well spoken man than Ken Matesz for Governor of Ohio.

Ken you have all my encouragement and I pledge my assistance to you in this endeavor.

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

Thank you!

Very kind words, indeed! I look forward to your assistance! How do you know me?


I visited your store when you

I visited your store when you hosted a Ron Paul meetup.
I dropped a load of pocket constitutions on you.
I came to a Toastmasters meeting you invited me to.

Remember me now?

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

I do remember!

I do remember! Thanks for your support! I like the quote you include in your post.


lol! A mason, huh? ;)

I will forward your info to my family in OH. If you win, and I hope you do, please make a point to tell Monty Lobb that Claire warned him that people like you were on their way...
Now, I am just going to enjoy a private chuckle to myself, and if the day comes, I will explain it to you and you can chuckle with me.

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

big bump

Good luck, hopefully there or others here who live in Ohio who would be thrilled to help you in your quest and thank you for your efforts.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Thank you!

Thank you for the good luck wishes. If Medina can make a splash in Texas, I can make waves here as well!