Bryan Simonson is a long-time resident of Washington. He was an “army brat,” born in 1983 at the U.S. military’s medical center in Landstuhl, Germany, to Jane and Captain Jay Simonson. He is eigth of an eventual nine children. When he was very young, the family moved to Carnation, and lush woods and mountain horizons became part of his psyche. When financial hardships drove the family to Idaho a few years later, the new sagebrush landscape triggered Bryan’s resolve to return to Western Washington one day. As soon as Bryan graduated from high school, he picked up and moved to Bellevue. He hasn’t left the Puget Sound since.
Early in his career, Bryan worked in marketing management at an internet retail startup and helped make it one of the internet's fastest growing retailers during his tenure. Later he was the general manager of another internet retailer and made it the fastest growing business unit of its national parent company. He now works for CarRentals.com, a subsidiary of Expedia. Using his internet business and marketing savvy, he created startup Pet Thunder, a successful online retail business that sells pet products.
While always holding an intense interest in politics, a deep skepticism of all politicians made him avoid getting involved for most of his life. He finally committed to the Libertarian cause during Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Bryan was a dedicated volunteer and committed financial donor that campaign year, and he was elected a delegate at his Republican caucus. While Bryan wanted to do the right thing for the Republican party, supporting who he considered the best person to represent the party, the King County GOP actively wanted the opposite. Through repeated rule changes mid-election, party officials eliminated many elected Ron Paul delegates across the state from representing their districts at the national convention. After it became clear that the Republican party was actually hostile to the ideas of liberty, Bryan exited the party and has not looked back. Today Bryan watches the Republican party becoming increasingly irrelevant, and is fully committed to the Libertarian Party ticket.
Bryan relates to modern workers and entrepreneurial spirits who want to capitalize on opportunities for success without having to deal with setbacks caused by undue government imposition. He believes wholeheartedly in the liberties our forefathers gave their lives for, and he wants to dedicate his life’s work toward the same ideals.