Ed Thompson Has Passed Away
by, 10-22-2011 at 05:54 AM (1591 Views)
Rest in peace!Ed Thompson, 66 at the time of his death, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer early this morning. From his Facebook page:
...Thompson won election as Mayor of Tomah in 2008. In 2010 he ran for state Senate as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Kathleen Vinehout. The race garnered significant attention, but Thompson was limited in his ability to campaign after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer two months before the election. He narrowly lost the race 50.27% to 49.61%.Ed Thompson passed away early Saturday morning at his home in Tomah. He wanted to thank all of you for this outpouring of support this past year. Details on the visitation and funeral will follow shortly.
Before holding office, Ed Thompson gained notoriety as a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in 2002. He ran in a three-way race against Republican incumbent Scott McCallum and Democratic candidate and Attorney General Jim Doyle. Thompson had the strongest gubernatorial campaign of any Libertarian candidate in the history of the party; he won 11% on election day (Doyle won the race with 45% of the vote.
Although Thompson ran as a Republican for state Senate [in 2010], he retained his connection with the libertarian movement. Thompson had ties to both the Campaign for Liberty and Republican Liberty Caucus. He also received the endorsement of Congressman Ron Paul, himself a former Libertarian presidential candidate.