Brandon Echols Joins IFR

Steve Hoodjer’s site Iowa Freedom Report (at which I am an occasional contributor) recently announced another contributor joining the team: Iowa liberty activist Brandon Echols.  Hoodjer introduced the new writer like this:

Iowa Freedom Report would like to introduce our newest contributor. Brandon Echols is an energetic young freedom activist from eastern Iowa. His organization is Republic Now and we’ve covered their activities here before. Mr. Echols is the Deputy Chair of the Libertarian Party of Iowa, but he still gets out to freedom events across partisan boundaries. You can expect firsthand report [sic] in an easygoing style from our new contributor[.]

In his first report Brandon briefly introduced himself as well.

My name is Brandon Echols and I am a near-lifelong Iowan. I have lived in Anamosa since I was one year old, originally being born in Rolla, Missouri. And, yes, I have a produceable birth certificate I can share.

I am a Deputy Chair of the Libertarian Party of Iowa, longtime Ron Paul supporter, and founder of the Eastern Iowa activist group, Republic Now (

Brandon then went on to report about the Strong America Now summit in Des Moines.  You can read the complete post here.

I’ve known Brandon since the 2008 Bob Barr presidential campaign. (Barr didn’t win.)  Brandon is a good guy willing to stick up for his principles and he has much more youthful energy than I do.  He’ll be a good addition to Hoodjer’s team.


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