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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Declared 2016 



Middle Class Citizen


James D “JD” Criveau describes himself only as “a common ordinary middle class citizen”, offering no information on his educational background or employment history. As a result, his qualifications to be President are unknown, though he himself counts the fact that he is not a career politician as a positive factor in that otherwise murky equation.

Running under the banner of the “Constitutionist” party, Criveau's political focus is strong on adherence to the Constitution and the according structuring of the federal government. He is fond of speaking of and quoting the founding fathers and other American historical figures, who generally held an unflattering view of that institution. Consequently, he supports drastically reducing the federal government's size, minimizing its interference in the lives of private citizens, and empowering state governments. He also calls for a reworking of the tax code to ensure that everyone, with emphasis on citizens and non-citizens alike, pays their fair share.

Criveau has a guarded approach to US foreign policy, declaring that other nations have the right to exist just as does our own, and that it is entirely the business of the people of those nations to decide whether and when to change their government – not ours.

While he has high esteem for religion and credits Christianity with being the founding faith of the United States, Criveau supports traditional separation of church and state. He insists that no religious institution ever have power over elected officials in the United States – on the understanding that no elected officials, similarly, shall have power in or over established churches.

Criveau's goals to limit the size of the federal government and reform the existing tax code will be music to the ears of many conservatives, while his cautious attitude on foreign policy and strict adherence to separation of church and state may not be so pleasing to the same audience. Nevertheless, he is generally a right-wing candidate, with most of his support to be found on that side of the political spectrum.
 
 
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