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 



Water Treatment Operator (Retired)


James “Jim” Creighton Mitchell, Jr resides in Lake Villa, Illinois. He attended a number of colleges and universities, graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago with a B.A. in Business and Finance. He also pursued a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, but this part of his education was interrupted by his military service – he served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1974, after which he was honorably discharged. He has had a long non-military professional career as well, mostly in potable water treatment, pollution processing, and other sanitation industries. He has also worked as Facilities Manager at the Saddlebrook Farms retirement community, Vice President of a manufacturers' representative business, and as a lab technician.

Mitchell is a solidly right-leaning candidate across the board. He supports gun rights, declaring that the “modern militia” (a likely reference to the 'well-regulated militia' invoked in the Second Amendment) is an American citizen licensed for concealed carry. He supports drastically cutting the national debt, as much as 8% after four years, and to that end proposes repealing the Sixteenth Amendment and overhauling the tax code. He opposes any and all abortion, and calls the relationship between husband and wife – one man and one woman – the “ultimate respected authority” within a community. As a means of reducing gang recruitment, Mitchell supports drafting all young people for mandatory military service of at least two years. On the issue of foreign policy as it relates to the contentious Middle East, he stands unequivocally with Israel in all ways, including militarily.

Mitchell believes in the importance of combating the illicit drug trade, and he has a novel idea for accomplishing this goal. He proposes having the government distribute hard narcotics (and even medicinal marijuana) for free upon request, arguing that the flood of no-cost supply into the market will break the economic backs of illegal drug peddlers. He also believes this will make it easier for addicts to seek rehabilitation by decriminalizing their dependency.

In a rare departure from his usual conservatism, Mitchell speaks critically of the “big Pharmacy cartel” and advocates for the need to rein it in. He does remark on the possibility of repealing Obamacare, but he is concerned with equitable access to healthcare for all Americans, and maintains this can be achieved by educating high school students in healthier lifestyle choices. He believes his mandatory military service program, instilling discipline and healthy living in the young, will aid in this goal.

On a vast majority of issues, Mitchell's solid conservatism makes him well-suited to his chosen Republican party, and even where he strays, his views are in no way sufficiently leftist to attract much attention from that side of the spectrum. Most of the GOP will welcome him, and his sympathetic ideas.
 
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