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Shawn Quinn

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Personal Details

Shawn Quinn (Libertarian Party) was a candidate for Governor of Maryland. Quinn lost the general election on November 6, 2018. He ran on a joint ticket with the lieutenant gubernatorial nominee, Christina Smith (L).

Quinn graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He then joined the United States Navy in 1980 serving until 2000.

In addition to his military career, Quinn worked with the American Red Cross, in law enforcement and as a hazardous material truck driver.

Quinn has been active in the Libertarian Party. He serves a central committee member of the Maryland Libertarian Party. He also ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Governor of Maryland

Incumbent Larry Hogan (R) defeated Ben Jealous (D), Shawn Quinn (L), and Ian Schlakman (G) in the general election for Governor of Maryland on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Larry Hogan (R)
55.4
1,275,644

Ben Jealous (D)
43.5
1,002,639

Shawn Quinn (L)
0.6
13,241

Ian Schlakman (G)
0.5
11,175
Other/Write-in votes
0.1
1,813

Total votes: 2,304,512
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland

The following candidates ran in the Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Ben Jealous (D)
40.9
231,895

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Rushern Baker III (D)
30.3
171,697

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Jim Shea (D)
8.6
48,647

Krishanti Vignarajah (D)
8.5
48,042

Richard Madaleno (D)
6.0
34,184

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Alec Ross (D)
2.4
13,780

Ralph Jaffe (D)
1.7
9,405

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James Jones (D)
1.6
9,188

Total votes: 566,838
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Governor of Maryland

Incumbent Larry Hogan advanced from the Republican primary for Governor of Maryland on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Larry Hogan (R)
100
210,935

Total votes: 210,935


2014

Quinn was the 2014 Libertarian nominee for election to the office of Maryland Governor. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.

2010

Quinn ran unopposed in the September 14 primary. He faced incumbent Republican Anthony O'Donnell and Chris Davies (D) in the general election. Quinn lost, coming in second.

Policy Positions

Campaign themes

2014

Quinn listed the following issues on his campaign website:

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We want to cut taxes."
  • Welfare
Excerpt: "First let’s put incentives in place to get people off the welfare system. Than we should put in place a way to get the government out of the charity business. Private charities and groups do a better and more efficient job of helping the truly needy get back on their feet."
  • Marriage equality
Excerpt: "The government needs to get out of the marriage business. It is a contract between two adults. I do not want to force churches to marry anyone, but I also don’t think the government should interfere with any adult marring any other adult."
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I don’t think it is the Government’s job to interfere in this decision. I also don’t think the tax payer should have to foot the bill. I believe we should leave the decision between a women and the father (If it’s not a case of rape) with advice from her doctor, family and church. She should also be able to decide which of those she wants to include in her decision process. Late term is out of the question."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: " This is pretty much a federal issue. I have mixed feelings about the state providing services for someone who is breaking the law and hanging people out to dry because the federal government didn't do their job. I would tend to side with people first."
  • Privacy rights
Excerpt: "e have a right to privacy. I have a big problem with government finding new and better ways to spy on us. I also marched in DC against the NSA. They should not be tapping our phones and computers."
  • Gun control
Except: "As for the 2nd Amendment, I am for every law abiding citizen to be able to own any firearm they choose."