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Birthdate: Nov. 20, 1958
Birth Place: Morgan City, LA, United States
Residence: Moss Point, MS
Ron Williams was born in Morgan City, La., and grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the son of a self-employed commercial fisherman. He resides in Moss Point. He attended Mississippi State University and the University of South Alabama. He did not earn a degree.
Williams joined the U.S. Merchant Marines, obtaining the title of master.
He owns and operates Hazmat Services Inc., a company that cleans up hazardous messes.
Williams and his wife, Towana, have four children.
Ron Williams is running as a Libertarian for south Mississippi's 4th Congressional District seat in 2012. He's among three candidates challenging Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, who unseated longtime Democrat Gene Taylor in November 2010.
The Federal Election Commission website shows Williams had raised or spent no money on his congressional race, as of June 30, 2012. Palazzo was the only candidate in the 4th District race who reported any campaign fundraising, holding $254,013 as of June 30.
Williams ran unsuccessfully for Mississippi governor in 2011, placing third in a five-man Republican primary. Williams, a businessman, received about 9 percent of the vote. He paid for most of his own gubernatorial campaign, spending about $600,000.
"I'm running for governor because for the last eight years in our state we've had a situation to where we've had an elite group of special interests who have basically controlled the state and the working men and women of our state have been ignored and denied, small businesses in our state have been ignored and denied," Williams said. "We're wasting money all over the state."
Williams said he believes lobbyists have too much power.
He says on his congressional campaign website that he wants to reduce the national debt, reduce tax rates and shrink the federal government.
Williams also says on the campaign site that he has been a Republican since 1976 but is running as a Libertarian because he believes the major parties put special interests ahead of the good of the country.
"If you look at our country as a car, I explain it like this: Every election cycle we trust our car to the same mechanic shop," Williams says. "We'll call it the 'Repubocrat fix it shop.' When we get our car back, two or four years later, it is in worse shape than when we entrusted to the shop. So, what do we do? We send it back to the same shop.
"Why we have come to believe that this shop is capable of taking care of our car, when it never has, I don't know," he says. "It's time to find some new mechanics."
Source: Associated Press
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