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 



Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Born: July 11th, 1953  (age 63)


Born in Grapeland, Texas, Julian Lewis, Jr was raised to be a man of deep and unshakeable faith, and he has carried this lesson with him moving forward. Upon graduating from Lincoln High School, he went on to serve in the armed forces from 1972 to 1975 before being honorably discharged, making him a veteran of the Vietnam War era (though he did not see actual combat). After his service, he attended All State Business College and Dallas Bible College, where he eventually graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. He officially joined the ministry in 1976, becoming a pastor in 1984 and being ordained into the Office of the Bishop in 1997.

While he was raised to vote Democratic, Lewis has developed his own political leanings and opinions that are decidedly conservative in nature. He accuses social welfare programs of handicapping people and calls for better management of resources. He is tough on illegal immigration, declaring that current laws must be upheld and those entering the country unlawfully be stopped. Ever the religious man, he even blames the removal of prayer from schools for many of the problems currently facing the educational system. He favors the implementation of corporal punishment in school, saying children have become unruly in modern days and are prone to engaging in behaviors they would once have regarded as unthinkable.

A central tenet of Lewis' candidacy is the call to go “back to basics”, or to return to the traditional American values of yesteryear. He champions the inclusion of God both at the community level and in the highest branches of government, blaming a departure from Christian values for many of the nation's ills. His bid is made less likely by the fact that, despite his strongly conservative views which would appeal to a large fraction of the Republican heartland, he has chosen to run as an Independent, being disgusted with party politics and wishing not to involve himself in them.

It is mainly for this reason that Julian Lewis, Jr will have a difficult time finding his audience. With even disenfranchised Republicans – of which there are many – turning to the Tea Party to cast their “message” votes, a place in American politics may prove difficult for an Independent, pious Bishop.
 
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