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 Working Person


Perry Morcom was born and raised in the state of Texas. Little information is available on his academic qualifications, employment history or current profession; he merely says that he is a “middle-class working person” who has worked hard for everything he has.

Morcom is frustrated that even when speaking with news media about his candidacy, he was confronted with concerns that his campaign is not sufficiently well funded to achieve success; he rejects the notion that a presidential bid should be entirely dependent on finances, and argues that all candidates should be treated equally regardless of how much money they have.

Addressing an issue that has been raised more than once in American history, Morcom is dissatisfied with the Electoral College system as practiced in the resolution of elections. He alludes to the fact that its specifics were flawed as originally designed by pointing out that congress passed the Twelfth Amendment in 1803 to modify it. He also echoes a concern murmured in the United States since the presidential election of 2000, when George W Bush won the White House despite receiving fewer total votes than opponent Al Gore. Accordingly, Morcom opposes the Electoral College system and believes the President should be chosen by simple popular vote. He also believes that elected representatives in the House and Senate should be strictly limited to no more than two four-year terms, as is imposed upon the President.

Morcom is sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. He blames their undocumented status on the government's failure to efficiently process their papers, and believes they should be helped to attain legitimate status and even citizenship. He dismisses the common argument that immigrants take jobs from existing citizens, saying that by and large, they only perform work that Americans do not wish to do. He does admit that some immigrants may be drug dealers or other criminals, however, and supports vetting applicants and their intentions carefully.

Morcom wishes to reduce government overspending by cutting the budget, followed by lowering taxes. He also supports helping the energy industry to stabilize local oil markets, as well as continuing development of renewable energy technology such as wind turbines. He criticizes the “Obamacare” reforms by stating that many people still do not have access to affordable health care, and wishes to restructure the law, in part by regulating the amounts which doctors and hospitals are permitted to charge for their services.

In his desire to curb overspending and lower taxes, Morcom shows conservative political tendencies. However, his understanding attitude toward illegal immigrants, interest in renewable energy, and price control intentions towards the healthcare industry place him solidly left of center. Though running as an Independent candidate, most of Morcom's support is likely to be found among Democrats.
 
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