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 



Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Born: July 11th, 1953  (age 63)


Born in Grapeland, Texas, Julian Lewis, Jr was raised to be a man of deep and unshakeable faith, and he has carried this lesson with him moving forward. Upon graduating from Lincoln High School, he went on to serve in the armed forces from 1972 to 1975 before being honorably discharged, making him a veteran of the Vietnam War era (though he did not see actual combat). After his service, he attended All State Business College and Dallas Bible College, where he eventually graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. He officially joined the ministry in 1976, becoming a pastor in 1984 and being ordained into the Office of the Bishop in 1997.

While he was raised to vote Democratic, Lewis has developed his own political leanings and opinions that are decidedly conservative in nature. He accuses social welfare programs of handicapping people and calls for better management of resources. He is tough on illegal immigration, declaring that current laws must be upheld and those entering the country unlawfully be stopped. Ever the religious man, he even blames the removal of prayer from schools for many of the problems currently facing the educational system. He favors the implementation of corporal punishment in school, saying children have become unruly in modern days and are prone to engaging in behaviors they would once have regarded as unthinkable.

A central tenet of Lewis' candidacy is the call to go “back to basics”, or to return to the traditional American values of yesteryear. He champions the inclusion of God both at the community level and in the highest branches of government, blaming a departure from Christian values for many of the nation's ills. His bid is made less likely by the fact that, despite his strongly conservative views which would appeal to a large fraction of the Republican heartland, he has chosen to run as an Independent, being disgusted with party politics and wishing not to involve himself in them.

It is mainly for this reason that Julian Lewis, Jr will have a difficult time finding his audience. With even disenfranchised Republicans – of which there are many – turning to the Tea Party to cast their “message” votes, a place in American politics may prove difficult for an Independent, pious Bishop.
 
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