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Real estate pros breaking political molds

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Editor's note: With 1 million Realtors in the U.S. backed by a trade association with one of the largest Political Action Committees, there's no doubt that real estate has a powerful political voice in this country. In this three-part series, we caught up with a variety of these voices to find out what issues they care about and why. (See Part 1: Republican Realtors and Part 2: The Democrats of real estate.) Real estate practitioners have long been active in politics, drawing upon some of the same skills that have made them successful in their businesses. Many have been Republicans, fulfilling the image of real estate and its related finance industries as being Republican territory. But not all. In fact, some realty pros break the stereotype altogether. Randy LangkraehrReal estate broker, retiredWarrensburg, Mo.Political party: Libertarian Langkraehr had always enjoyed working on political campaigns, but didn't fit in with either of the two major political parties. Then, about 10 ye...