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 



Businessman


Robert Dionisio was born in Naples, Italy, but the fact that his mother was at the US Naval hospital at the time entitles him to birthright US citizenship. He was raised in various American locales, including New York City, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He began a long fascination with business management while still in elementary school, when he earned money collecting discarded recyclables and redeeming them for cash. Later, at the age of 12, he supervised a paper route. He has attended two institutions of higher education, first the University of Maryland to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, and later George Washington University to pursue further studies in business and finance. In his professional career, he has owned a large number of businesses in a wide variety of industries, including oil and transportation, and has bought and sold extensively in the real estate market.

Dionisio is running as an Independent candidate with a right-wing political platform, but he is critical of both Republican and Democratic parties – particularly of their historical Presidents. He is an opponent of the most recent Iraq war, and in fact accuses then-President George W Bush of initiating it for personal reasons, as a means of obtaining vengeance against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for embarrassments against both Bush and his father, who also did battle with Iraq during the 1990's. Dionisio says the invasion was a mistake, and that Hussein – whom, he makes no argument, was an evil tyrant – should have been assassinated by US special forces following his attack of Kuwait (the reason George HW Bush went to war in the Middle East). But he loses no love on Democratic Presidents either: Dionisio criticizes Bill Clinton's administration of 1993-2001, too, charging that it weakened the nation against terrorism amidst other failings.

Dionisio is an advocate of budget reform, starting with more careful management of foreign aid to other countries. He says recipients of US generosity often squander the majority of the money they receive, or else pour it into what he calls the “financial bottomless pit” of war.

Domestically, Dionisio strongly supports gun ownership rights, calling them a powerful deterrent against violence. To bolster his argument, he cites the European nation of Switzerland, with its prolifically armed citizenry and one of the world's lowest crime rates; and simultaneously, Washington DC, which despite strict gun control laws has been named the “Murder Capital” of the US. He also references statistics estimating that hundreds of thousands of American women annually are able to avoid being raped due to their possession of firearms.

With his criticisms of budget spending and strong support for gun rights, Dionisio is likely to attract conservative voters. However, his opposition to the Iraq war may displease the same audience, while appealing to political leftists.
 
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