January 20, 2004

In Memory of Ron Crickenberger

Long-time Libertarian icon and friend of the November Coalition Ron Crickenberger died this past weekend from a rare form of cancer.

Ron was born in Charlottesville VA in 1955. When Ron was 5, his family lived in Ash Lawn, the home of President James Monroe, where his mother was tour guide, and his father was groundskeeper. Growing up around the symbols of the American Revolution gave Ron an early appreciation of the ideals that made this country great - individual liberty and personal responsibility.

Ron spent nearly 20 years in small business as owner of "The Pool Protector," an innovative swimming pool service and construction company. After more than a decade of volunteer work with the Libertarian Party, in 1997 Crickenberger became its first Political Director.

In 2000, Campaigns and Elections magazine named Ron a "Rising Star" of politics and he was the Libertarian Party's 8th District congressional candidate.

Ron worked with the November Coalition and other drug law reform groups on the issues of the failed drug war, and was an important part of our first Journey for Justice tour on November 1, 2002 in Washington, DC.

Ron is survived by his partner Noelle Stettner, two children, and one newborn grandchild. The November Coalition staff extends our sincere sympathies to his family and friends.

Ron Crickenberger speaks at the Journey for Justice demonstration in front of the White House, November 1, 2002

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