Alternate Presidential Candidates

Don’t want to vote for Clinton or Trump?  Tired of the lack of choices in this Presidential Election?  There are a number of alternative candidates that will have their name on the ballot in November.  If you’re like me, you haven’t heard of any of these people.  Traditionally, no third-party or independent candidate have come close to winning a Presidential election in recent history.  

Here are the alternatives:

Libertarian Party:  Gary Johnson 

Johnson is the former Governor of New Mexico.  He is the only alternative candidate who is on the ballot in all 50 states.   In August, Johnson’s poll numbers approached the 15% threshold necessary to make him the first third party candidate since Ross Perot in 1992 to become eligible to participate in the fall presidential debates; however, the commission in charge of the debates determined that he only had 8.4%.   Johnson is a former businessman who grew Big J enterprises into a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees.  By the time he sold the company in 1999, it was one of New Mexico’s leading construction companies.   Johnson served two terms as governor.  He has been described as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.  During his terms as governor, taxes were cut fourteen times and never increased them. 

Green Party:  Dr. Jill Stein

Stein is on the ballot in 40 states.  She is a physician and politician.  Stein was also the Green Party’s nominee in 2012.  She ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.  On September 7, 2016, a North Dakota judge issued a warrant for her arrest for spray-painting a bulldozer during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.    She was also escorted off the Hofstra University campus  on Monday because she did not have the proper credentials to be there.
Constitution Party:  Darrell Castle

Castle is on the ballot in 20 states.    Castle is a politician and attorney from Memphis, Tennessee.  He has vowed that if he is elected president that he would get the United States out of the United Nations and NATO.   In June 2016, it was reported that Castle’s campaign had raised only $10,289.   Castle is described as pro-life and opposes the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Independent:  Evan McMullin

McMullin is on the ballot in less than 20 states.  He is the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives and a former CIA operations officer.  He is pro-life and opposes a culture that subsidizes abortion on demand.  He opposes same-sex marriage but has been quoted that he would not make appointments to the Supreme Court to overturn it.  
Party of Socialism and Liberation:  Gloria LaRiva

La Riva is on the ballot in Vermont, New Mexico, Iowa, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey and California.  She is an activist who has been involved with politics since her first run as a third-party presidential candidate in 1992.  La Riva supports right to abortion regardless of ability to pay, opposes capitalist banking practices and supports rational social and economic planning rather than market.  As of July 2016, her campaign has raised $25,234.
Reform Party:  Rocky De La Fuente

De La Fuente is a businessman, activist and politician.  He competed unsuccessfully for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President as well as nomination in Florida’s 2016 election for United States Senator.  If elected, his focus is on creating jobs.  His goal is to create 4 million jobs per year.  He also wants to create 100 city parks which he thinks would help give young people a place to play.  He also wants to help the homeless in America by putting able bodied homeless people to work and back into society.  

Other third party candidates:

Socialist Party USA:  Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik

Socialist Workers Party:   Alyson Kennedy

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