Birthdate: July 22, 1982
Birth Place: Sandusky, OH, United States
Residence: Columbus, OH
Richard Ehrbar, a native of Sandusky, Ohio, grew up in Huron and graduated from Port Clinton High School in 2001. He now lives in Columbus.
Ehrbar held factory and restaurant jobs before attending Bowling Green State University, where he studied telecommunications for two years. He said that during his time at Bowling Green he was part of a student movement that challenged student government's support of a fee to help subsidize construction of an athletics and entertainment facility. He also held multiple jobs for a university radio station, WBGU-FM.
He moved to Columbus in the spring of 2010 and began studying strategic communication at Ohio State University. He said he juggles multiple jobs and believes this helps him understand the struggles of working-class Americans.
He is not married.
Libertarian Party candidate Richard Ehrbar, who has not held elected office, says he entered the 2012 Congressional because he wants to help make the United States "a nation of peace and prosperity."
He said he supports "peace-based foreign policy" and would vow to help protect constitutional rights by refusing to use government as a tool of force. He supports withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq and shifting money from defense spending to Department of Veterans Affairs operations to boost physical and mental health care for veterans, lower their suicide rates and provide more of them with housing.
Ehrbar says he would address the national debt by decreasing defense spending, eliminating foreign aid to other countries and ending the federal war on drugs and expenses related to it.
He advocates for repealing the PATRIOT Act, which he describes as a "rights-destroying piece of legislation."
He also believes the federal income tax should be eliminated, for philosophical reasons and because he thinks it would spur economic recovery by leaving business owners with more capital to create jobs.
"Individuals should be able to keep that which is a product of their mind and their body," he said in June 2012.
At the state and national levels, Ehrbar backs the legalization of marijuana. He also would support legalizing the cultivation of hemp and production of hemp products to help create jobs and revitalize the agricultural sector.
Source: Associated Press