Meet Jake

About: 
Name: Jacob Daniel Porter

Birthday: January 27, 1988

Education:
Bachelors-Business Administration–AIB College of Business-Des Moines, Iowa

Business Experience:
Small Business & Marketing Consultant
Former Apple and Yahoo! Employee
Former Retail Store Manager

Political Experience:
Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State (2010 and 2014)
Libertarian National Committee-Region 6 Alternate (2008-2010)
Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Iowa (2017)

I was born in 1988 in Missouri.  I lived in small communities with populations between 100-1000 people for my first 18 years.  I graduated from high school at Lineville-Clio Community School which unfortunately had to consolidate several years ago.

My political philosophy was largely shaped by something that occurred in the late 1990’s.  My grandmother, a woman I give credit for teaching me very valuable life lessons, had battled cancer for several years.  At one point in the late 1990’s, I remember her explaining that the doctors were waiting for FDA approval to try foreign drugs on her.   She passed away in early 2001, but the idea that the state could deny someone medication stayed with me.  If we own our own body, what business is it of the state if we take a medication particularly if we are sick and dying?  That is why, a few years ago, I fought the prosecution of the late Benton Mackenzie who was prosecuted by the state of Iowa for using cannabis oil.

In 2006, I moved to Des Moines where I went to AIB College of Business to attain my Associates Degree in Business Administration.  One of the best classes I took that really influenced me was an entrepreneurship class.   I was picked as CEO of a class of 37 students.   We made the second most profit in the history of the class.  Later, I would embrace entrepreneurship and both the successes and failures it has brought me.

In 2006, I became involved in politics.  I joined the Libertarian Party of Iowa and started working for a Libertarian Presidential candidate, Dr. George Phillies I worked my way up from a volunteer, to the national volunteer coordinator, to becoming his Cheif of Staff where I managed his campaign operations with the help of Navy Captain Charles Wilhoit.

Captain Wilhoit, was in his mid-80’s but embraced technology to the point of being one of the early people on Facebook.  He and his wife Tricia greatly encouraged my activism and while they are no longer in their physical bodies I remain forever grateful for having the privilege of getting to know them during their final years on earth.

I got out of college right as the housing bubble crashed in 2008.  I did some work as Business Manager for a weekly newspaper in St. Joseph Missouri where I worked with the late Councilman Mike Bozarth.  We took the newspaper online only where it continued on until his untimely death in 2015.

That year I was also elected as Region 6 Alternate to the Libertarian National Committee.

Later in 2008, I managed Bob Barr’s Iowa organization in his run for President and started work in retail which would later become a temporary career as I eventually started managing retail stores.

In 2010, I transferred retail job locations and returned to Des Moines and AIB College of Business where I started my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

That year I also, with the encouragement of people like Captain Wilhoit decided to run for Iowa Secretary of State at the age of 22.  I was working full-time, going to college full-time, and running for statewide office.  I learned a lot of lessons and we ended up getting over 30,000 votes in a three-way race which was at the time the second-best showing in a statewide race in the history of the party.

In my early 20’s, I had some unfortunate things happen both to my work and finances.  I was several hours from anyplace I knew anyone and became not only depressed but also angry and hopeless.  I had a real problem with anger and my relying on alcohol to calm me down would cause me to be more irritable throughout the day.

One day, things go particularly bad and I had decided to go for a drive.  On that drive, I started thinking about death.   At some point on the drive, this bright yellow/white light comes into the windshield and it was like the light entered into me.  Later on, I learned that the same thing happened to other people who had contemplated such things.  Whatever the light was, this intuition entered and I had an immediate answer to my problem.

My life change wasn’t immediate, but for those next hours where thoughts had ended let me know there was a different way.  It took a lot of research, but I did pick up meditation, cut back drinking, and eliminated my angry outbursts.  Later, I discovered the importance of eliminating unnecessary thought to control anxiety.  I now practice passage meditation and Eknath Easwaran’s 8 Point Plan.  I highly recommend his book Conquest of Mind for anyone that wants to gain control over their thoughts.

The darkest hour of my life brought me to a new way of living.  For years after my encounter with that white light, I searched until I discovered selfless service.  Each one of us has a purpose in life and that purpose is discovered through being of service to others.  When we do things to help others we are satisfying a need deep within us.  Each person has a different purpose.

Selfless service is why I run for office and do the best I can for my clients.  I am concerned for my fellow man.  I watch how people are suffering at the hands of the state and I want so desperately to help.   I may not always be able to control the outcome or the results or my action, but I can do something.  That is why I am active in politics.   I hope to be of service to you.

In 2013, I got a call from Yahoo!, the Internet company, and I ended my retail career and moved to Council Bluffs.  A couple of months later, I felt a calling and announced a run for Iowa Secretary of State which was my second run for that office.

In 2014, I helped recruit a candidate for Governor and helped fight the prosecution for the late Benton Mackenzie.  We traveled the state and brought a lot of people into the movement.  Unlike the first time I ran, the political establishment was now afraid of us and kept us out of the media and even out of the taxpayer funded Iowa Public Television debates.

Early in my 2014 campaign, I helped fix a major error with the Secretary of State’s office which prevented thousands of Iowans from registering to vote with the party of their choice.

Sadly, three weeks before the election, our U.S. Senate candidate Doug Butzier was killed in a plane crash flying back from a campaign event.  Fortunately, he was the only person on the plane this time.  Just a week before I and our candidate for Governor were on his airplane.  We all miss Doug very much and if he were here now I have no doubt he would be out here helping us.

After the election, we didn’t stop.  My job with Yahoo ended and I became a self-employed business consultant.

In 2016, I originally launched my campaign for Governor and had helped several local candidates.  In early 2017, I took over as interim Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Iowa and dropped out of the race for Governor.  I resigned to return to the race in July of 2017.

We had built up an organization that would give the Libertarian Party major party status in 2016 and that is the reason I am now running as a major party candidate in the 2018 election.

I am running for Governor because I want to take the skills I have learned and offer solutions to our problems.  I am tired of the politicians taking our freedoms away and charging us more in taxes so they can benefit big business and enrich themselves.

My education, business background, and personality would make me a good choice.  We have a budget and fiscal crisis.  I know how to make a budget.  I have modern technological plans for the state government.  I am young and energetic.  I work across party lines and with those not affiliated with any party.

My belief is that you should make your own decisions regarding your life.  It isn’t the state’s job to tell you what you are going to do with your body, how you are going to worship, what books you are going to read, or who you are going to marry.   Some of the most horrific acts in history were committed by the government trying to dictate the will of the majority or a dictator on the individual.

My pledge to you is that I will work for you.  I will be a Governor for all Iowans no matter party affiliation, religion, gender, race.  I will put your personal rights and economic freedom as the center of all my decisions.

Ask not what the government can do for you, but what you can freely do for yourselves, your family, your community, and your fellow man.