Name: Blake Ashby
Position / Employer: President, medical software company
Blake Ashby is the candidate that can change the debate. A dynamic speaker with a
gift for capturing the essence of a problem, Blake was angry enough with the Bush
Administration that he ran as a protest candidate in the 2004 Republican Primaries;
His harsh appraisal of the dangers of the Administration’s economic policies have
unfortunately proven to be true. Twenty years ago he co-authored a book on U.S.
History and the evolution of Liberalism that anticipated the challenges now facing
Name: Andre Nigel Barnett
Position / Employer: WiseDome, Inc.
Mr. Barnett is a visionary. He is an Information Technology Service Disabled Veteran Small Business Owner, with an emphasis on security and educated at Austin Peay State Univ. and Western Governors Univ. From 1996 – 2000, Mr. Barnett served in the US Army. In 2000, he was chaptered out of the military due to an helicopter incident-related injury, and was told the injury would end his career both in the military and in the fitness arena. Never any person decide his fate, within 3 years he became a fitness model while simultaneously starting the company WiseDome, Inc. Within 7 years Mr. Barnett was one of NY’s top fitness models and was also working with various federal agencies and corporations providing information technology services.
After leaving the military, he continued to serve alongside the US Armed Forces, CIA, FBI, NATO and various other organizations in the information technology field on various fronts throughout America, Western Europe, the former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East.
Name: Edward Chlapowski
Position / Employer: Retired Dow Chemical
Edward Chlapowski was born in Lewistown, Montana and was the 3rd of seven children. His parent’s greatest pride was that all 7 children earned their way through college. His father was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and instilled love of country and adherence to the Constitution of the United States.
Edward has a BS in Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a MS degree with emphasis in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University. During his pursuit of his master’s degree he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and as a Research Assistant while married and with a young son.
Name: Kenneth R. Cross
Position/Employer: President/Owner of K. R. Cross Consulting
Mr. Cross is a registered professional engineer who graduated from Michigan State University with a B. S. in Civil Engineering.
Ken has come to know and understand the people of our country as a result of his diverse life experiences. He picked up potatoes with migrant workers as a child, worked as a UAW foundry worker, was a construction worker, has owned several small businesses, was a corporate executive, and is currently a management consultant.
Name: Laurence Kotlikoff
Position / Employer: Professor of Economics, Boston University and President, Economic Security Planning, Inc.
Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, a columnist for Bloomberg.com (column is suspended during campaign), a contributor to Forbes.com, and a blogger for The Economist and HuffingtonPost.
Professor Kotlikoff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-82 Professor Kotlikoff was a Senior Economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. This was during President Reagan’s first term. The fact that Professor Kotlikoff worked at the CEA during a Republican Administration does not mean he is a Republican. Professor Kotlikoff is, and has always been, an Independent. He would have been equally glad to have worked at the CEA had President Carter been re-elected.
Name: Dick McCormick
Position / Employer: Financial Advisor / Economist
Mr. McCormick is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in finance. For forty years he has been a financial advisor/economist dealing with individuals and their financial needs on a daily basis. His business is highly regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of Government’s largest and most bureaucratic institutions. He has experienced firsthand the effect of rules and regulations handed down by a government agency which has given him priceless insight into the workings of Government.
As an investment advisor it is also imperative to be well informed on current political and economic events. Daily events force you to think through the cause and effect of each political action or inaction.
In their community Mr. McCormick and his wife have been actively engaged in community programs for decades. They have served on local community councils and committees in addition to managing and financing a homeless shelter that operates eight months of each year.
Name: Darcy G. Richardson
Position / Employer: Author/Historian and Entrepreneur
A former senior specialist in the insurance industry-turned-entrepreneur, Darcy G. Richardson was born one of ten children to William and Shirley Richardson in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. The son of a career U.S. Air Force officer and municipal manager, Darcy and his nine siblings grew up in various parts of the United States and West Germany before returning to western Pennsylvania — the birthplace of both of his parents — in the late 1960s.
Darcy, 56, has authored six books, including five volumes of a planned seven-volume history on independent and third-party politics in the United States, and is completing several other books. He is currently finishing a book about the country’s current economic crisis, tentatively titled, Collapse: How the Managerial Class Plunged the Nation into the Greatest Depression, which will be published next spring.
A freelance writer and former editor of Consumers Voice, the bi-monthly publication of the Philadelphia-based Consumers Education & Protective Association (CEPA), Darcy is also the author of A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign, published in 2002.
Name: Michael Edwin Whitley
Position / Employer: Freelance Estimator
Michael works in the Electrical Construction Industry as a Freelance Estimator, his
duties include; Prioritizing, multitasking, designing, visualizing, planning, reading
and studying blueprints (drawings) and Specifications, takeoffs, cost and price
figuring, laboring, scheduling, summarizing, and bidding.
Michael also has the mind of an inventor and has come up with some pretty
amazing ideas. One of his inventions that has not been patented yet is the M.P.U.L.
(Or Multipurpose Utility Lift) He has just about finished the prototype of this unit,
and plans are to have it completed by Summer of 2012. ( He not only visualized and
laid out the plans for this lift, but also is doing the construction of it with the help of
friends and family)