Tim Eyman

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Tim Eyman (1965–) is a conservative (or libertarian[note 1]) U.S. political activist from Washington State who is mostly crazy. He ran for governor in the 2020 Washington gubernatorial electionWikipedia but lost the primary.


He has put initiatives out from 1998-2010 - 17 initiatives to be exact, and 1 referendum concerning small government, lower taxes, the usual. Oh, and he once showed up in the state capital dressed as Darth Vader. At times, he has good ideas such as cutting Washington's formerly onerous license plate renewal fee to a flat $30. Other times, he's been considered the most divisive political figure in the state and demonized for using the ballot initiative process as a way of repeatedly proposing legislation without himself having to stand for election. He pointedly refuses to run for public office, despite being one of the state's most effective de facto legislators.

2020 Washington gubernatorial election[edit]

In 2019, Tim Eyman ran for governor of Washington and, in 2020, announced as a Republican. [1] He mainly ignored his primary opponents and his ability to embrace similarities between him and Donald Trump. [2] He came in 4th in the primary, winning 6.41% of the vote. Ultimately, the incumbent Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, won that election by over 13%.[3]


  1. Hard to tell which. Most of his initiatives involve tax or spending cutting, but he sponsored one conservative-but-not-libertarian initiative to remove sexual orientation from the protected classes under state law, and one libertarian-but-not-conservative initiative to legalize scratch ticket gambling.