One of the candidates running for president on the Libertarian ticket - R.J. Harris - has ties to Miami.
A constitutional Libertarian, Harris said in a telephone interview that he is running to restore liberty, freedom, the constitution and The Republic.
A native of March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif., he moved to northeastern Oklahoma with his folks in 1981. He attended school in Bluejacket for the next three years.
Then his family moved to Miami and he attended Will Rogers Junior High School from 1984-1986. At that time he was known as Jason S. Barnes, having been adopted by his step-dad, Sam Wade Barnes.
After the B.F. Goodrich plant in Miami closed they moved out of state.
As an adult he and his father, Richard M. Harris, reconciled and he had his name changed back to his original name - R.J. Harris. That was a huge reason why he moved back to Oklahoma and transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he is a law student, and so he could be closer to his father. He also holds a degree in philosophy from the UO.
Harris said he is a Kiowa of the Kiowa Nation in Carnegie, where his father works today as a physician to the Kiowa people.
He also is a career Army National Guard officer having served on three combat tours and one peacekeeping tour. He has been a small business owner and an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Harris and his campaign staff also are working to get ballot access for the Libertarian Party in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoman said, "For all presidential elections 1976 through 2008, there is no instance outside of Oklahoma in which any state has had a Democratic-Republican monopoly for president combined with a ban on write-in voting. And, even setting aside the write-in issue, one must look all the way back to 1984 to find an instance when any state, other than Oklahoma, had a Democratic-Republican monopoly on the ballot for president."
Harris anticipates the Libertarian Party will get ballot access in the 2012 election in Oklahoma. "We need 70,000 signatures and have 15,000 so far, and have the rest of the year to get the rest of the signatures required," he said.
He also believes they won't have to collect 70,000 signatures. He thinks the courts will either give the party outright access to the ballot or it will have to collect 30,000 signatures by the end of the year. If the Libertarians don't get access to the ballot, voters in Oklahoma won't be able to vote for him.
Harris plans to go to as many of the Libertarian Party's state conventions as possible to let the Libertarians get to know him and what he stands for.
He said he is campaigning around Oklahoma like the Republicans campaign around Iowa.
Harris believes the Libertarian candidate for president has a good chance in 2012 because a Gallup poll showed 51 percent of the Republicans are dissatisfied with the current candidates for president, while 33 percent of the Democrats are fed up with their candidate.
Like former President Ronald Reagan, Harris believes in a smaller federal government.
He believes the United States should do away with its foreign aid. Harris said his 20 years in the National Guard and four combat tours overseas show him the country's foreign policy is not what this country needs.
He also believes in the use of U.S. Marshals and the National Guard on the US-Mexican border where a fence does not exist to control the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
If elected, Harris said his first goal would be to get rid of all the unconstitutional socialism at the federal level.