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 



Veteran and former Gymnast
Born: December 1st, 1960  (age 56)


Terry Wayne Wheelock was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but he has lived in a number of states spanning both coasts. He attended Houston Baptist University from 1978 to 1979, the University of Illinois from 1979 to 1981, and the University of Oklahoma from 1981 to 1983. It was from the latter institution that Wheelock received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration, with a minor in Recreation. During and after college, he was a competitive gymnast, and has since worked as a gymnastics coach. He served in the US Air Force for four years, from 1987 to 1991.

Wheelock is running as an Independent candidate, and his platform borrows from both conservative and liberal ideas. He champions fiscal responsibility, promising that he will not raise taxes and that he will balance the federal budget. However, following a more leftist curve, he calls for Universal Health Care for all and says that he will get the nation on the road to healthy living. He also favors energy innovation as a national security issue, advocating for the use of solar, wind, nuclear, and other renewable power sources in order to end America's dependence on foreign oil supplies. He is opinionated on the issue of investigating space, believing that NASA has become a mere makework program and that it should return to its primary mission of exploring the universe. Among other goals, he hopes to make it possible for humans to live on other planets.

Wheelock contends that the sitting American president, Barack Obama, is ineligible for his office. While he does not assert the most typical claim of “birthers” - that Obama was born in the African nation of Kenya rather than the US state of Hawaii – he invokes the US Constitution's unelaborated requirement that the president be a “natural born citizen”, which he defines as any person having been born to two American citizens. This measure would indeed disqualify President Obama, whose father, Barack Obama Sr, did not retain American citizenship. Similarly, Wheelock challenges the legitimacy of Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bobby Jindal.

Wheelock's platform is not strictly beholden to either left-wing or right-wing politics, creating opportunity for him to appeal to moderates on both sides of the spectrum. He is likely to have little success with the fringes, however, and his contention of Barack Obama's presidential ineligibility (with which the American public has largely tired) risks alienating still other voters. Still, he is nothing if not confident: He asserts that his election is “God's Will!”, and, perhaps more pragmatically, that he is “the Lesser of the Evils!”
 
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