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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2016 



Aircraft Maintenance Professional
Born: January 19th, 1971  (age 46)


Chris Keniston was born in Washington DC, but as a military child, he moved with his family a total of three times before finally settling in a small town north of Pittsburgh following his father's honorable discharge from the military. After graduating from high school, he immediately began working at a variety of jobs (sometimes several at a time), lacking the resources to continue his education. He joined the US Air Force in 1996, following in his father's (and grandfather's) footsteps, and worked successfully in various aircraft maintenance roles that won him many decorations. This improved his financial situation, and during his service he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His military career ended when, like his father, he was honorably discharged, after which he completed post-graduate work and earned certification as a Maintenance and Reliability professional.

Keniston is strongly focused on job creation, believing it to be essential to American economic recovery. He calls for the stimulation of businesses to hire more through extensive tax reform. Specifically, Keniston calls for the outright abolition of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which introduced the income tax, and replacing that Amendment with a National Consumption Tax on non-essential items to be imposed only following the income tax's repeal. He contends that this will address unfairness in the existing tax code by increasing the spending power of lower-income earners and ensuring that all people pay a fair percentage of taxes on the goods they buy.

Though he is running as the nominee of the Veterans party (an avowed centrist organization), Keniston is sharply critical of Democratic President Obama's budget plans, which he believes call for unsustainable levels of spending. He is also displeased with Democratic plans to pay for these excesses, specifically rejecting any notion of an increase in the gasoline tax which has been suggested as tactically advisable in the midst of currently low gas prices.

Most of Keniston's positions carry mild right-wing tendencies, particularly as they relate to tax reform and the avoidance of any tax increases. However, his positions are far from extreme, and true to the principles of his party, are mostly centrist in nature. Those who consider both Republican and Democratic platforms to be excessive are most likely to be attracted to his platform.
 
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