Declared 2016 



Management and Market Research
Born: October 9th, 1978  (age 38)


With his experience as the managing director of a data collection center, Ed Baker understands how to conduct quality opinion research. He hopes this experience will give him additional insight into the expectations of the electorate while seeking the presidency in 2016 as an independent. A lifelong Oregon resident, Baker started working in market research call centers at the age of fifteen.

His gambling addiction early in life resulted in Baker running afoul of the law. With the help of a gambling counselor, Baker turned his life around. However, his conviction prevented many job opportunities which led to a year of homelessness. He believes his inside knowledge of the criminal justice system will be relatable to many voters with similar experiences.

On the issues, Ed Baker wants to secure the border and American jobs by deporting all illegal aliens. Those who leave voluntarily can apply for re-entry. Baker also supports capital punishment for any who enter illegally.

Dissatisfied with the official reports, Baker wants to reopen the investigation into the September 11 terrorist attacks. He supports capital punishment for anyone involved – including Americans who held or currently hold positions of power. As a proud supporter of America’s military, Baker intends to overhaul the Veterans Administration and provide more resources for veterans and their families.

Baker has called for a reduction of the federal debt by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse while streamlining programs to be more cost-effective. Foreign-aid would be reduced or eliminated to free up money to for domestic purposes.

With his “tough on crime” positions, the independent presidential candidate thinks strong punishment is key to reducing criminal activity and advocates the death penalty for murderers, sexual predators and hardcore drug traffickers. In addition, he supports building more prisons to hold dangerous felons longer. He also supports an overhaul of the CIA due to their “apparent involvement in drug trafficking.”

Ed Baker hopes his lack of political experience will be a positive as poll after poll demonstrates America’s disapproval with the direction of the country currently ran by entrenched politicians. However, a lack of resources and media attention may be too tough for his campaign to overcome.
 
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Declared 2016 



Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Born: July 11th, 1953  (age 63)


Born in Grapeland, Texas, Julian Lewis, Jr was raised to be a man of deep and unshakeable faith, and he has carried this lesson with him moving forward. Upon graduating from Lincoln High School, he went on to serve in the armed forces from 1972 to 1975 before being honorably discharged, making him a veteran of the Vietnam War era (though he did not see actual combat). After his service, he attended All State Business College and Dallas Bible College, where he eventually graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. He officially joined the ministry in 1976, becoming a pastor in 1984 and being ordained into the Office of the Bishop in 1997.

While he was raised to vote Democratic, Lewis has developed his own political leanings and opinions that are decidedly conservative in nature. He accuses social welfare programs of handicapping people and calls for better management of resources. He is tough on illegal immigration, declaring that current laws must be upheld and those entering the country unlawfully be stopped. Ever the religious man, he even blames the removal of prayer from schools for many of the problems currently facing the educational system. He favors the implementation of corporal punishment in school, saying children have become unruly in modern days and are prone to engaging in behaviors they would once have regarded as unthinkable.

A central tenet of Lewis' candidacy is the call to go “back to basics”, or to return to the traditional American values of yesteryear. He champions the inclusion of God both at the community level and in the highest branches of government, blaming a departure from Christian values for many of the nation's ills. His bid is made less likely by the fact that, despite his strongly conservative views which would appeal to a large fraction of the Republican heartland, he has chosen to run as an Independent, being disgusted with party politics and wishing not to involve himself in them.

It is mainly for this reason that Julian Lewis, Jr will have a difficult time finding his audience. With even disenfranchised Republicans – of which there are many – turning to the Tea Party to cast their “message” votes, a place in American politics may prove difficult for an Independent, pious Bishop.
 
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