Declared 2016 



Veteran and Electrical Servicing Business Owner


Arthur Drew was born in the state of Pennsylvania, in a rural farming and industrial community. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force, where he attended college while stationed in Washington state. He was also deployed for about a year to Vietnam. When his service was finished, he entered the private sector, initially focusing on aviation but eventually settling into the electrical servicing and manufacturing industry, in which he owned his own business.

Running as an Independent, Drew is critical of both Republican and Democratic policies, and he frequently speaks against President Obama's initiatives. He challenges the President's assertion that unemployment has dropped by nearly half since 2009, saying that their calculations flagrantly ignore those who have given up finding a job, and were made entirely for political gain. He also accuses the administration, and for that matter every administration and Congress in recent memory, of having service to corporate sector profits as their one and only goal.

Drew blames the phenomenon of outsourcing for the decline in American employment and the stagnation of domestic wages. He proposes the imposition of penalties on businesses that outsource labor overseas, with an emphasis on ensuring that these penalties cost more than a firm stands to save by shipping the jobs away. He also suggests using lower taxes, reduced interest loans, and other incentives to encourage companies to do business in the United States.

While he is sympathetic to environmental concerns and supports the Environmental Protection Agency's overall mission, Drew criticizes that agency's overly complex regulations, calling them confusing and saying they could leave private land owners unaware of whether they need to seek permits to modify their property. He calls for stronger oversight of the EPA to reduce its bureaucracy and provide clear, simple guidelines.

Drew is cautious on foreign policy, questioning American involvement in the Middle East and specifically against the terrorist group ISIS. He says that President Obama's commitment to help fight that organization will be felt well into his successor's administration, and he cautions that America's military should instead be used to secure the border at home.

Drew's strategy of using tax incentives to stimulate domestic business and industry is a conservative trait, while his support for government agencies like the EPA and his careful approach toward foreign policy are more leftist. As a result, most of his support is likely to be found among those in the center, who avoid politically veering far onto either side of the spectrum.
 
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Music Lover


Brian Briggs currently resides in Hatley, Mississippi, but he was born and raised in the small town of Granville in upstate New York. He is a great lover of music, and was an avid musician throughout his high school and college days, even composing a piece that was performed by the student band. He also enjoys hunting, when he is able. The specifics of his higher education and his employment history are not known.

An Independent candidate, Briggs borrows from both sides of the political spectrum to form his platform. He is staunchly right-wing in his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, criticizing as harmful to the poor, many of whom he says make too much to qualify for subsidies while remaining unable to afford insurance on their own. He calls for the law's repeal, and says he has his own health care plan with which to replace it that would cover dental and optical care, general medical concerns, prescription drugs, and “college and death”. He opposes any additional gun control legislation, arguing that criminals will gain access to firearms whether they are legal or not and that increased enforcement action against gangs should be emphasized. On the other hand, he is a supporter of employee rights in labor, and he complains that existing federal laws provide insufficient protection for workers which in turn causes states to neglect them. He also rejects the notion of deporting illegal immigrants currently present within the nation, and favors granting them citizenship so that the work they already do can be taxed to public benefit. He does, however, support strengthening the border with Mexico in order to stop future unlawful crossings.

Briggs has harsh words for Donald Trump, attacking many of the Republican candidate's positions. He accuses Trump of being apathetic towards children because of his support for denying automatic US citizenship to the babies of illegal immigrants, and he criticizes Trump for a heated exchange he had with a journalist working for a Spanish-language news network. He also says that Trump is “out of his mind” for believing – as he indeed has previously proposed – that Mexico could be made to pay for the construction of a fence along the border.

No great fan either of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Briggs says it is time for her to “hang it up” as a result of her current e-mail scandal. He argues that her credibility has been tarnished, and he invites Clinton's supporters to join his campaign instead.

On the balance, Briggs' platform leans more to the right than to the left, with Republicans likely to be attracted by his support for gun rights and opposition to Obamacare. However, his emphasis on worker protections may alienate these same conservatives, and many on the right may find his position on immigration, while agreeable, to not go to sufficient lengths.
 
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