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 



Management consultant and semi-retired professional engineer


Currently a resident of Batesville, Arkansas where he lives with his wife and mother of their three children, Ken Cross comes from humble beginnings, including a childhood that included picking potatoes alongside migrant workers. Though he nurses a lifelong love of politics and claims to have studied that subject since his earliest days, he has also filled his time as an assistant scoutmaster to a troop of boy scouts, as a construction worker and as a UAW foundry worker. His professional training is in engineering, though he now considers himself semi-retired from that field and currently works as a management consultant. Having once worked as a corporate executive, he has owned three different small businesses.

Cross gives an air of fiscal conservatism in many key areas, including his support for a balance budget and harsh criticism of deficit spending, as well as his calls for a simplified tax code (including a “flat tax” that harkens back to the ideals of his party's founder, Ross Perot), however he parts with the conservative base in other economic matters. Ken Cross is a strong proponent of social security and carefully avoids policy that might endanger that program. He believes in exploring potential alternative energy sources that many of those on the right might consider cost prohibitive. As such, he also supports environmental protection measures.

Cross is conditionally pro-life, with a belief in reluctantly permitting abortion in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger. He criticizes the “nation-building” policies of the United States demonstrated in recent wars, and believes military action should be used only sparingly and overwhelmingly for homeland defense.

The primary contention of Ken Cross' campaign for president is that both major political parties cater almost exclusively to their own most extreme factions, leaving a majority of Americans disenfranchised. He believes that the interests of the United States are best served by strengthening the middle class, and remarks that this is most readily accomplished by electing a middle class president such as himself. A blend of fiscal and social conservatism meeting traditionally leftist energy with environmental concerns, and a staunch support for certain entitlement programs, his philosophies are comfortably unextreme and include elements that appeal to wider range of voters. However, that same mishmash of erstwhile separated ideologies put him at risk of being insufficiently orthodox to any one political base, potentially limiting his appeal when the time comes to cast ballots.
 
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