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 



Water Treatment Operator (Retired)


James “Jim” Creighton Mitchell, Jr resides in Lake Villa, Illinois. He attended a number of colleges and universities, graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago with a B.A. in Business and Finance. He also pursued a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, but this part of his education was interrupted by his military service – he served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1974, after which he was honorably discharged. He has had a long non-military professional career as well, mostly in potable water treatment, pollution processing, and other sanitation industries. He has also worked as Facilities Manager at the Saddlebrook Farms retirement community, Vice President of a manufacturers' representative business, and as a lab technician.

Mitchell is a solidly right-leaning candidate across the board. He supports gun rights, declaring that the “modern militia” (a likely reference to the 'well-regulated militia' invoked in the Second Amendment) is an American citizen licensed for concealed carry. He supports drastically cutting the national debt, as much as 8% after four years, and to that end proposes repealing the Sixteenth Amendment and overhauling the tax code. He opposes any and all abortion, and calls the relationship between husband and wife – one man and one woman – the “ultimate respected authority” within a community. As a means of reducing gang recruitment, Mitchell supports drafting all young people for mandatory military service of at least two years. On the issue of foreign policy as it relates to the contentious Middle East, he stands unequivocally with Israel in all ways, including militarily.

Mitchell believes in the importance of combating the illicit drug trade, and he has a novel idea for accomplishing this goal. He proposes having the government distribute hard narcotics (and even medicinal marijuana) for free upon request, arguing that the flood of no-cost supply into the market will break the economic backs of illegal drug peddlers. He also believes this will make it easier for addicts to seek rehabilitation by decriminalizing their dependency.

In a rare departure from his usual conservatism, Mitchell speaks critically of the “big Pharmacy cartel” and advocates for the need to rein it in. He does remark on the possibility of repealing Obamacare, but he is concerned with equitable access to healthcare for all Americans, and maintains this can be achieved by educating high school students in healthier lifestyle choices. He believes his mandatory military service program, instilling discipline and healthy living in the young, will aid in this goal.

On a vast majority of issues, Mitchell's solid conservatism makes him well-suited to his chosen Republican party, and even where he strays, his views are in no way sufficiently leftist to attract much attention from that side of the spectrum. Most of the GOP will welcome him, and his sympathetic ideas.
 
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