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 



Middle-Class Working Person


Perry Morcom was born and raised in the state of Texas. Little information is available on his academic qualifications, employment history or current profession; he merely says that he is a “middle-class working person” who has worked hard for everything he has.

Morcom is frustrated that even when speaking with news media about his candidacy, he was confronted with concerns that his campaign is not sufficiently well funded to achieve success; he rejects the notion that a presidential bid should be entirely dependent on finances, and argues that all candidates should be treated equally regardless of how much money they have.

Addressing an issue that has been raised more than once in American history, Morcom is dissatisfied with the Electoral College system as practiced in the resolution of elections. He alludes to the fact that its specifics were flawed as originally designed by pointing out that congress passed the Twelfth Amendment in 1803 to modify it. He also echoes a concern murmured in the United States since the presidential election of 2000, when George W Bush won the White House despite receiving fewer total votes than opponent Al Gore. Accordingly, Morcom opposes the Electoral College system and believes the President should be chosen by simple popular vote. He also believes that elected representatives in the House and Senate should be strictly limited to no more than two four-year terms, as is imposed upon the President.

Morcom is sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. He blames their undocumented status on the government's failure to efficiently process their papers, and believes they should be helped to attain legitimate status and even citizenship. He dismisses the common argument that immigrants take jobs from existing citizens, saying that by and large, they only perform work that Americans do not wish to do. He does admit that some immigrants may be drug dealers or other criminals, however, and supports vetting applicants and their intentions carefully.

Morcom wishes to reduce government overspending by cutting the budget, followed by lowering taxes. He also supports helping the energy industry to stabilize local oil markets, as well as continuing development of renewable energy technology such as wind turbines. He criticizes the “Obamacare” reforms by stating that many people still do not have access to affordable health care, and wishes to restructure the law, in part by regulating the amounts which doctors and hospitals are permitted to charge for their services.

In his desire to curb overspending and lower taxes, Morcom shows conservative political tendencies. However, his understanding attitude toward illegal immigrants, interest in renewable energy, and price control intentions towards the healthcare industry place him solidly left of center. Though running as an Independent candidate, most of Morcom's support is likely to be found among Democrats.
 
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