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 



Humane Party Nominee


Clifton Roberts was born on Yukota Air Force Base in Japan, and attended and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He believes that having experience both from abroad and within the United States provides him with a unique and cultured perspective. Professionally, he has a history of working with a variety of corporations. As he was born on a US military base, Roberts is an American citizen.

Roberts is running as the first nominee of the Humane party, a group whose primary focus is animal rights. Most of Roberts' political platform is informed by this affiliation. He supports a constitutional amendment banning the “slaughter and mutilation” of non-human animals, and granting legal personhood to all sentient beings – a category upon which he does not elaborate, but appears to extend beyond humans. A strict vegan himself, he proudly declares that his body is, and for the past 18 years has been, “free of any deceased, murdered, or tortured soul”. He also plans to pursue legislation to prohibit the use of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, and expresses environmental concern in wishing to preserve existing ecosystems – and, again, the animals that maintain them.

Beyond animal rights and environmentalism, Roberts remains a left-leaning candidate. He supports the passing of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equality under federal, state, and territorial law for all people, explicitly regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. He supports homosexual marriage, and is opposed to the death penalty. He favors sustainable energy, and seeks to legislate an end what he calls the “non-emergency-based use” of such energy sources as fossil fuels and nuclear fission. He does call for a balanced federal budget, but wishes to accomplish this through reductions in military spending and corporate tax reform.

Roberts is likely to be an attractive candidate to people on the left side of the political spectrum, especially those particularly concerned with animal rights. However, he will be challenged to find any right-wing support at all, and his advocacy of such policies as meat elimination and animal personhood may present problems in securing even centrist or moderate backing.
 
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