Declared 2016 



Entrepreneur


Jeremiah Pent was born in Arlington, Texas, and raised in Fort Worth. After graduating from high school and marriage, he and his family moved several times around the country, and currently reside in Pennsylvania. He briefly studied at Texas Christian University, but would eventually earn his Masters Degree (in Divinity) from the Westminster Theological Seminary. Professionally, he is an entrepreneur, having founded and run several businesses in a number of industries including agriculture and toy manufacturing.

Pent speaks in broad terms of the need to address the social and economic issues facing the US. He believes the biggest problem currently plaguing the nation is its own lack of unity, and that all other challenges can more easily be overcome if the divisions between religious and ethnic groups can be ameliorated. Other than admitting that this will be a difficult (but achievable) task, however, he offers few specifics on how it might be accomplished. Economically, he favors a balanced budget, advocating the maintenance of a federal government that operates within its means just as, he says, average American families must do. He believes this goal can be reached through middle class tax cuts and a careful restructuring and streamlining of the government's operations.

Pent is particularly preoccupied with the American educational system and its importance to the nation's children, and speaks at length of ensuring that schools are staffed by competent teachers able to properly guide and instruct their students. Once again, however, he is sparse on describing any specific changes which he feels should be made to or by the schools.

An independent candidate, Pent worries over the stark dichotomy between Republicans and Democrats, and claims that these two parties collectively represent only about a third of the American population. He points out the fact that George Washington, the nation's first President, was himself an independent, and that many Presidents immediately following him also did not formally belong to any political party. Concerned about the influence wielded over politicians by wealthy donors, Pent has pledged to accept campaign contributions only from individuals, not rich supporters who act through Political Action Committees and super PACs.

Due to Pent's reluctance to discuss his specific policy ideas, it is difficult to evaluate which voting demographics would be most likely to support and oppose him.
 
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Declared 2016 



Middle Class Citizen


James D “JD” Criveau describes himself only as “a common ordinary middle class citizen”, offering no information on his educational background or employment history. As a result, his qualifications to be President are unknown, though he himself counts the fact that he is not a career politician as a positive factor in that otherwise murky equation.

Running under the banner of the “Constitutionist” party, Criveau's political focus is strong on adherence to the Constitution and the according structuring of the federal government. He is fond of speaking of and quoting the founding fathers and other American historical figures, who generally held an unflattering view of that institution. Consequently, he supports drastically reducing the federal government's size, minimizing its interference in the lives of private citizens, and empowering state governments. He also calls for a reworking of the tax code to ensure that everyone, with emphasis on citizens and non-citizens alike, pays their fair share.

Criveau has a guarded approach to US foreign policy, declaring that other nations have the right to exist just as does our own, and that it is entirely the business of the people of those nations to decide whether and when to change their government – not ours.

While he has high esteem for religion and credits Christianity with being the founding faith of the United States, Criveau supports traditional separation of church and state. He insists that no religious institution ever have power over elected officials in the United States – on the understanding that no elected officials, similarly, shall have power in or over established churches.

Criveau's goals to limit the size of the federal government and reform the existing tax code will be music to the ears of many conservatives, while his cautious attitude on foreign policy and strict adherence to separation of church and state may not be so pleasing to the same audience. Nevertheless, he is generally a right-wing candidate, with most of his support to be found on that side of the political spectrum.
 
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