with Ballot Status:
E. "Andy" Andress (Colorado) for President
Irene M. Deasy (Colorado) for Vice President
and military veteran Stanford Andress -- who was previously a 2002
write-in candidate for Congress (6th place - 109 votes) -- qualified
for a spot on the Presidential ballot in Colorado. His wife Irene
Deasy (aka: Irene Andress) is his runningmate. An internet search
indicated that Andress and his wife co-wrote a self-published non-fiction
paperback book in 1996 (now out-of-print) entitled The
Civil War: The Sound of Thunder. His entire 2002 congressional
campaign consisted of spending around $450 for small campaign placards
that carried his simple slogan of "Andress for Congress: Honesty."
Nothing else is known about this Independent ticket.
J. Harens (Christian Freedom Party-Minnesota) for President
Jennifer A. Ryan (Christian
Freedom Party-Minnesota) for Vice President
Harens, 50, is a liberal former Democratic state legislator (1981-83)
and environmental activist. He is also a Harvard grad, was a 1997
candidate for St. Paul Mayor, and works as a public relations executive.
Harens and his VP runningmate, Jennifer Ryan, qualified for a spot
on the Minnesota ballot under the label of a new entity entitled the
"Christian Freedom Party." Republicans quickly complained,
saying that Harens is running simply to help Kerry in that key battleground
state by attempting to draw Religious Right votes away from President
Bush (much like the Dems complain about Ralph Nader's candidacy).
Harens denies the claims, saying he is entirely independent of the
Kerry campaign and that he left the Democratic Party several years
ago to join former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's Independence
Party. In fact, Harens was the IP's candidate in his 1997 mayoral
race and is still a registered member of that party. He collected
his ballot petition signatures almost entirely by targeting 50 socially
liberal churches, many with predominantly black congregations. Harens
-- a self-described "progressive Christian [and] forever-practicing
Catholic" -- agrees his party "technically" doesn't
have any members, and that he is likely to draw votes from Bush ("If
that’s the practical effect, I can’t do anything about
it"). Harens argues today that both major parties are "morally
bankrupted" and that "a true Christian" cannot vote
for either Kerry or Bush. On his website, Harens notes that voting
for Kerry could be viewed as a "venial sin" (of ignorance
and rationalization) but voting for Bush could be a much more serious
"mortal sin" (of greed, intolerance, and indifference to
the plight of the poor). Harens explains: "Republicanism cares
about one thing only -- taking care of Big Money family and friends
... the Christian Right Wing and their allies of Republicanism are
the new Pharisees, the ones Jesus chased out of the temple."
Harens -- who describes his Presidential campaign as a "Politics
of Love" effort to "Send Christ's Love to the 'Christian
Right'" -- is pro-living wage, pro-gay rights, pro-life, against
the Iraq war, and pro-environmental protection laws.
A.J. "Victor" Albritton (Alabama)
Albritton touts himself as the nominee of the "American Republican
Party" -- an unknown entity for which it appears he is the only party
member. A frequent write-in candidate, Albritton is making his fourth
consecutive run for President in 2004. He was also a write-in candidate
for Congress in 1988 ... and for Governor in 2002. Albritton describes
the purpose of his campaign as follows: "The American candidate who
is also the Victorian Candidate. The Victorian Era to be the New Model
Victorian Era -- from the male point of view." Huh? He promises a
"new model Star Spangled Banner" and relocation of the federal
capitol. A prodigious emailer, it seems like Albritton sends out at
least one or two notes to his list each day!
Sterling D. Allan
Allan jumped into the Libertarian Presidential contest in October
2003. One month later, he exited the LP contest and entered the race
for the Constitution Party nomination. Then -- realizing that the
CP had more or less already settled on a nominee of its own -- Allan
announced three weeks later that he would be the nominee of a new
party he was founding named the New Awakening Party (but he'd still
welcome the CP nomination). Then again, he doesn't seem entirely settled
on the party's ultimate name, as the header of the web page for that
entity read for a while: "New Awakening Party (or whatever name we
end up choosing for it)." Well, the new name became the Providential
Party. It remains to be seen, however, whether Allan will: (1)
obtain ballot status anywhere; and (2) obtain ballot status as an
Independent or under the party banner. Allan -- a former activist
in Independent American Party of Utah (and an IAP nominee for State
House in 1990) -- could essentially be described as a theocratic candidate.
Of course, that would be within his own vision of what God is mandating
as a self-described "Davidic Servant." From his various campaign websites
(linked above and below), Allan is dedicated to establishing "Zion",
which he defines as "the gospel and government of God working in harmony
for the improvement and sanctification of all things. The kingdom
of heaven on earth." As for his political views, he explains: "I agree
with most of the Republican platform, to which the party gives but
lip service, while their actions bespeak more of a move toward a cradle-to-grave
socialist state." Where he gets a bit ... umm ... different
is when he wrote
that his own 2004 candidacy was "foretold in Alphabetics Bible Code."
Born and raised as a Mormon, the LDS Church excommunicated Allan for
"apostasy" (extremist beliefs related to his religious writings) in
1993. Since then, he has devoted nearly all his time to working to
create his vision of God's Kingdom on Earth (and he also sells survivalist
emergency supplies online). He also maintains that his election is
essential to avoid the coming of World War III. See his various sites
for more information: SterlingDAllan.com
(personal site), Patriot Saints
for the Kingdom of God on Earth (Allan's organization), GreaterThings.com
(another Allan organization), RemnantSaints.com
(another Allan organization), the Remnant
Saints Inter-Continental Congress (another Allan organization),
the International Patriot
Alliance (another Allan organization), JosephPrep.com
(Allan's company), and many, many more. FYI: He wrote that the reason
he quit the Libertarian contest was because of the LP's "stance on
social issues and lack of acknowledgement that a group of people willfully
united takes on a life of its own and has rights." Allan also intends
to seek the Presidential "endorsement" of the the US Independent American
Party, Constitution Party, and other conservative parties in order
to run as a "fusion" candidate. Amusingly, Allan's campaign chairman
sent us an email explaining that we should recognize Allan as a real
party nominee and not as an Independent candidate: "Please don't treat
his campaign like the campaign of Joe Bellis, Da Vid, and Bob Dorn
(independents who make-up a party) and group him with those weirdos.
Please give him and his VP the same treatment" as other nominees of
established parties. We'll respond to that note with a polite: "No
comment." Allan's VP runningmate is dairy farmer Harry
Dschaak of Idaho.
M. Bonnell (Mississippi)
for the fact that Bonnell filed paperwork with the FEC to run for
President, no other info is yet known about this Independent hopeful.
Mitchell Bone (Tennesee)
Mitchell Bone is one of the most invisible candidates in the 2004
race for President. He qualified as a formal write-in candidate for
President in Georgia, Indiana and Maryland. Beyond that, Bone is flying
entirely under the radar: no web site, no email address, no news articles,
nothing at all.
A. Boyle II (Maryland)
for the fact that Boyle qualified as a formal write-in candidate for
President in Maryland, nothing else is known about him.
Harry W. Braun III (Arizona)
analyst Harry Braun is running for President to gain support for his
Phoenix Project plan
to "make America energy independent and pollution free" through the
construction and use of "windship hydrogen production systems." Further,
he vowed to implement these changes in "wartime speed." Braun is the
owner of a systems integration company involved in a number
of renewable energy projects. After earning his undergraduate degree
in the liberal arts, his post graduate research has focused on energy
technologies and resources. Braun was the Democratic nominee for Congress
in 1984 -- but lost by a wide margin against GOP incumbent John McCain.
Braun was able to secure ballot status and competed in 2004 Democratic primaries
in New Hampshire (21st place - 13 votes) and DC (9th place - 83 votes).
His campaign site -- linked above -- has position pages on lots of
topics like "Exponential Icebergs," radioactive waste, Iraqi oil,
"E4 Policy Outline" and more. After the Democratic primary season, Braun announced he would continue his candidacy as an Independent candidate.
"Ted" Brown Sr. (Missouri)
Brown is a busy man in 2004. Not only is he running as a formal write-in
candidate for President in Maryland, he is also the Libertarian candidate
for St. Louis County Executive on the same day back in his home state.
Brown, 55, is a retired police officer, who rose from patrolman to
Chief of Police of a small community. Since his retirement, he's worked
as a private investigator and writer. He's also served on various
boards in Castlepoint, the St. Louis subdivision where he resides.
He is a frequent candidate for various local offices in the St. Louis
County area in recent years.
briefly contemplating a run for Congress, retired school teacher Fred
Cook decided to instead make a write-in bid for President in 2000
after "nearly 50 people showed up at my front door ... [and] urged
me to run for political office." By March 2000, Cook boasted that
he was going to "steal the election away" because a "national online
poll" had him at 34%. Of course, the poll he referenced was the one
he himself conducted on his own web site! Needless to say, his 2000
campaign fizzled (he claims he won 4,217 write-in votes -- but official
election statistics compiled by the FEC and others reflect that he
won only a handful of write-in votes). Undaunted, he's back for a
second White House bid in 2004. Although he moves in and out of the
Republican Party, Cook seems to now be a Religious Right candidate
running as an Independent (although he also expressed ties to the
past to the little-known Christian Alliance Party). As for issues,
Cook supports tax cuts, an end to Affirmative Action programs, federal
term limits, educational system improvements and increased military
spending. Considering that the guy was a teacher, it was a bit sad
that his 2000 site contained numerous spelling errors -- including
the instruction for voters to "right his name in on the ballot."
Cook is upset that we mentioned this (and the vote total correction)
-- as his site now has a "Fred Cook speaks out against Politics1.com"
under the Breaking News header on Cook's homepage.
J. Davis (Michigan)
for the fact that Davis filed paperwork with the FEC to run for President,
no other info is yet known about this Independent hopeful.
for the fact that DiGiulio filed paperwork with the FEC to run for
President as the candidate of the Children's Party, no other info
is yet known about this Independent hopeful.
we know about Dorn came from an email he sent Politics1 in April 2003:
"Please include my name on your list of Presidential candidates
for the 2004
election ... I am an Independant from Washington ... I am a musician
band leader by trade ... My band's name is Melchi. I am a Christian
by faith, led by the Holy Spirit, and founded upon the New King James
Bible. I attend Alderwood Manor Community Church in Lynnwood."
Lonnie D. Frank (California)
for the fact that Frank filed paperwork with the FEC to run for President,
no other info is yet known about this Independent hopeful.
"John Galt Jr." Gascon (Pennsylvania)
Gascon is a writer who explains that he assumed the identity "John
Galt Jr." several years ago after being deeply influenced by the John
Galt character in Ayn Rand's classic libertarian novel Atlas
Shrugged. Gascon/Galt is waging a write-in campaign for President
in 2004, just as he did in 2000. As for views, he supports drug legalization,
"direct democracy, that is to say [having] the people voting on what
should and shouldn't be laws." Gascon
advocates environmentalist views, supports drug legalization -- and,
surprisingly, is also rather hostile towards corporations ("We need
new laws to limit the powers and scopes of corporate involvement in
community and politics"). Gascon's
2000 VP runningmate was Kay
Lee, a drug legalization activist from Florida.
Jack Grimes (Pennsylvania)
Grimes -- who previously ran for President as a write-in candidate
in 2000 -- bills himself as the "Leader and Director of the United
Fascist Union." As for his use of the word "Fascist," Grimes explains
he wants to restore a New World Order based upon the governmental
style of Imperial Rome "to institute a military dictatorship form
of government over the Earth." Grimes believes that "the psychic is
the next great step in the evolution of humankind on this planet."
And it gets more weird: Grimes wants to address "the dilemmas now
facing America and the whole of Western civilization: Democracy, Christianity,
International Capitalism, Earth Changes, U.F.O.'s, government cover-ups,
and others." Citing to Cayce and Nostradamus, Grimes predicts that
"the United States will be reduced from its present size to a small
triangular-shaped land mass through the loss of many of its coastal
states." While those quotes come from his old 2000
campaign site, his 2004 is equally entertaining. Be sure to visit
the "Pictures" page to view Grimes and his girlfriend (presumably)
posing in their homemade black uniforms ... and to view pictures of
them eating at different local restaurants. Or visit the "Speeches"
page to read Grimes' 1998 remarks delivered to the "Flying Saucer
Society of Dover, DE." Best of all is the Discussion Boards section
of his site, in which Grimes exalts his followers to worship Satan
-- plus you can read about the problem he was having getting to a
campaign event in another state (because Mom's car was broken, etc.).
While Grimes failed to achieve ballot status in any states in 2000,
he falsely boasts on his site that he was on the ballot in 45 states
and placed 6th in the race.
J. "Mike" Halpin (New York)
60, is a NYC public school teacher and Vietnam War Army infantry veteran
who is making his first run for office in 2004 as a write-in candidate
for President. Before attending college in the 1990s and earning his
B.A. and Master's degrees, Halpin worked for nearly two decades as
a UPS deliveryman. He is also Catholic, married, and the father of
four children. As for issues, Halpin would cut defense spending for
new weaponry but sharply increase pay for soldiers. He supports tax
cuts for the poorest Americans, but large tax hikes for those in the
highest income brackets -- and wants to increase federal spending
on job training programs. Halpin also is a centrist on abortion, supports
gay marriage and gun control, is pro-labor union rights, and supports
environmental protection laws and additional campaign finance reform
D. Hines (Texas)
Hines -- briefly sought the Libertarian Party's Presidential nomination
in 2000 as "The Openly Gay Candidate for U.S. President." A former
US Marine Corps NCO and legal secretary, Hines is also active in numerous
gay community organizations. The main goal of his 2000 campaign was
"to introduce to society the idea that one day there will be an openly
gay President." Hines' platform was largely libertarian, including
a call for the legalization of drugs and prostitution. After waging
an energetic effort within the Libertarian Party and qualifying to
appear on the primary ballot in a few states, Hines withdrew from
the LP race in February 2000 and announced he instead intended to
seek the Presidential nomination of Jesse Ventura's new Independence
Party. The IP never got off the ground in 2000 -- and now Hines is
back making another run in 2004 as an Independent.
Hough is a high school teacher making her first run for elective office.
Hough -- who has bachelor's and master's degrees in history -- has
been teaching classes for over 26 years. In fact, teaching is a family
tradition as she notes her mother and both grandmothers were also
teachers. Hough says that teaching social studies classes has given
her "a good understanding of the underlying issues driving our government
and our economy." She also stated that she "comes from a family with
a strong Methodist heritage ... [that] has led to an active roll in
the church" by teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, etc.
Her write-in bid for President seems mainly inspired to get students
interested in the political process.
R. Judd (Massachusetts)
who described himself as a bongo drums "musician" when he last ran
for office, was a write-in candidate for Albuquerque Mayor in 1993.
Judd attempted to qualify as a write-in candidate for New Mexico Governor
in 1994, but abandoned that race. In 2000, he filed paperwork to run
as a write-in candidate -- but showed no signs of waging any campaign.
Judd -- who has since moved to a new state -- filed paperwork in Florida
to again run as a write-in candidate for President in 2004.
Keegan (Rhode Island)
for the fact that he's from Rhode Island and filed paperwork in Florida
to run as a write-in candidate for President in 2004, no other info
is known about this hopeful.
E. Karr (Oregon)
USAF veteran Darren Karr
wanted to create a new entity called "Party
X" -- as in Generation X -- but he now seems to be running
as an independent. Karr supports abolition of income taxes, an end
to political correctness, an end to federal government involvement
in schools, an increase to at least 30-days of paid vacation time
for workers, and "eventually see a four-day work week without a reduction
in pay." Here's how he describes himself: "I'm not a lawyer,
I'm not a politician, I'm not a corporate CEO. I have no allegiance
with anyone except the American people. I've not been corrupted by
the system. No political party or other organization owns me or dictates
my beliefs or my direction. I'm a middle class man who came from a
middle class family. Nothing has ever been given to me. I work every
day with people just like you. I live in your neighborhood, not in
an exclusive, gated community high atop a hill, or on a ranch the
size of Texas. I impose campaign finance reform upon myself and will
never accept corporate money or favors. I'll never make a promise
I don't intend to keep. I'm the first presidential candidate from
the next generation of leaders." He's also still trying to build
Joseph Kennedy (Georgia)
Joseph Kennedy is a registered write-in candidate for President in
Georgia, Indiana and Texas. On his campaign website, he describes
himself as "an outstanding community leader, humanitarian, champion
of children's rights, environmentalist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur
and a man of extraordinary vision." Kennedy is a freelance writer,
marketing executive and former model. He explains his motives for
running on his campaign site: "I have now been called to serve
God and my country as the TRUE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE for the Presidency,
to right the wrongs of America!" Kennedy sees the 9/11 attacks
as an "inside job" directed by the Bush Administration as
a pretext for launching the war on terrorism ("It's an inside
job! At the highest level on down, I will see that those who are really
responsible for the insidious acts of terrorism in our country, and
around the world, be prosecuted to the fullest extent of all domestic
and international laws."). He even goes so far as to blame Bush
policies for hurricanes and other natural disasters. "I will
stop the Bush family's manipulation of the elements of nature (hurricanes,
tornadoes, floods, earthquakes) which have wrecked insurmountable
havoc on our environment and disturbed the natural-flow of all life
on this planet. They (especially Bush Sr.) have done this for personal,
political and financial gain and greed," explained Kennedy. His
Vice Presidential runningmate is Army National Guard veteran and investment
advisor Daniel R. "Dan" Rezac of Texas.
"Joe" Martyniuk Jr. (Illinois)
Martyniuk -- a frequent candidate for various offices over the years
ranging from town council to the US Senate -- holds an MBA degree
from the University of Chicago. He describes himself as an "inventor,
investor, computer guru, and entrepreneur [who] owns JoeyDots.com,
JoeyInternet.com, and CheapNursingHomes.com."
From that description, it almost seems his candidacy exists to promote
his business ventures. Martyniuk isn't accepting campaign contributions,
because he intends to run an Internet-based campaign. "Don't send
me any money. The internet is a cheap way to campaign for president,"
he wrote. While Martyniuk is running as an Independent in 2004, he
typically ran as a Democrat while seeking offices in the past. "I
Don't Want To Be President I'm a short dumpy guy, who stutters and
stammers when I talk. All the mud they'll sling at me, all the bad
things you'll hear, are true. But what does that have to do with building
a better tomarrow? Cheer up! We can get what we need long before election
day," he wrote.
Mevis, 43, is the son of a career Air Force serviceman. "I have worked
in several different industries and know first hand what it means
to look for a job, suffer through periods of unemployment, and struggle
to support a family," writes Mevis. "I have been through a divorce
and know the loss and suffering that divided families endure." Mevis
also currently co-hosts a -- sometimes profane -- netcast news and
commentary show. He would like to move the US to a purely defensive
military posture, repeal some of the post 9-11 homeland security laws,
end US weapon sales to aggressor nations, eliminate PAC contributions
and spending in campaigns, end the "War on Drugs", reform Social Security,
and simplify the tax code. Mevis also wants to place a cap on maximum
corporate officer compensation at an amount no more than 200 than
the amount earned by the lowest paid employee in the corporation.
Finally, he wants to call for a new Constitutional Convention "to
overhaul the Constitution and to provide adequate checks and balances
for today’s technological changes." Mevis -- who was another of those
candidates who wanted to appear on FX's proposed Presidential candidate
game show -- describes himself as a "grassroots Independent" candidate.
Staunchly anti-Bush, he refers to the Bush Administration as a "fascist
Muadin -- yup, he just uses one name --
is an announced write-in candidate for President. His
slogan is a New Age-sounding mantra of "One People, One Planet, One
Awareness." Muadin writes he is the candidate of the "E-Democratic
Party" -- an unknown entity which he apparently created. What does
he stand for? Here are his own words: "The people of earth must use
the Internet to network and organize at the grassroots level, outside
of the corporate global power structure, in a leaderless revolution
of awareness and ideas, a second enlightenment, aimed at establishing
e-democracy at every level of human government and in every aspect
of human society and affairs. The e-democratic spirit of this leaderless
cyber-revolution must culminate in a planetary e-democratic federal
government through which all executive, legislative, judicial, and
economic power ultimately rests directly in the hands of the people
of earth." This focus includes is a requirement that Congressmen and
US Senators must vote based upon e-votes on each issue cast by their
constitutuents -- and that the federal government be changed from
three branches into five branches (don't ask!). Other positions in
his platform include a 10% flat tax, abolition of the death penalty,
a constitutional ban on political parties (so all candidates must
run as Independents), federal term limits, separate national election
of the Vice President, repeal of the Second Amendment (gun rights)
... in fact, when we last checked, Muadin was proposing 18 constitutional
amendments. If you dig through Muadin's off-beat campaign site, you
can also find pix of Muadin badly cropped into poses in the White
House ... and a picture of "future First Lady" Jessica Muadin (who,
unlike her husband, has a full name). Muadin describes himself as
a motivational speaker and President of the Planet Pilgrims Center
for E-Democracy and Planetary Awareness.
Famed consumer activist Ralph Nader is making his fourth run for President in 2004. As he qualified for ballot status in multiple states, we created an in-depth Nader profile page (linked above).
Jeffrey B. Peters (New Hampshire)
businessman with a degree from Harvard, Jeffrey Peters formerly served
two terms on the Greenwich Town Council in Connecticut. His one-issue
campaign is based entirely upon a demand for major campaign finance
reform to the current "corrupt system." In 2000, Peters ran for President
as the nominee the "We The People, American People's Party" (an unknown
new third party) -- and actually campaigned in the general election
as a write-in hopeful. Peters also competed in the 2000 New Hampshire
Democratic primary and captured 156 votes (9th place). He had hoped
his 2000 New Hampshire bid would capture media attention for his effort
-- but instead ended up bitterly complaining that the media ignored
him and labeled him a "fringe candidate." Peters grabbed a few headlines
in October 2000 with his "Boston TV Party" -- when he vowed to dump
some TV sets into Boston harbor to protest the exclusion of third
party candidates (like himself) from the first Bush-Gore Presidential
Debate in Boston. From text on his website, he's planning to make
a second run for the White House in 2004 -- although some have emailed
that Peters may now be thinking of abandoning his planned 2004 run.
Andrew M. Rotramel (Texas)
hard to take a Presidential candidate seriously when his campaign
site is peppered with comments like "When I die, I want my remains
scattered in a nice wooded area. The only catch is that I don't want
to be cremated first" and "One of my resolutions for this
year my resolution is to do something useful around the house each
day, like flush." Rotramel readily admits he has no chance of
winning. Instead, he wants to "make my positions on various issues
known. I hope to influence some to a more enlightened way of seeing
the world." His liberal platform includes abolishing the death
penalty, legalizing prostitution and narcotic drugs, and amending
the constitutional Bill of Rights to guarantee a right to food, shelter
and health care. He also wants to make anarchist professor Noam Chomsky
-- who recently called the US the "world's leading state sponsor
of terrorism" -- the National Security Advisor.
C. "Average Joe" Schriner (Ohio)
Joe" Schriner, the director of an "Independent Catholic Ministry"
and a former substance abuse counselor, made his first White House
run in 2000. A former newspaper reporter, he also works these days
as a freelance journalist. Schriner's campaign slogan: "The common
Joe for the common good." As for issues, he is pro-life, pro-nuclear
disarmament, pro-solar energy and wants to find ways to reduce America's
high divorce rate. Although he began his 2000 campaign as a Republican,
Schriner became a write-in Independent candidate in mid-2000 in order
to continue his campaign. Traveling by recreation vehicle, he logged
more than 13,000 driving miles on the road during the 2000 race. Schriner
is making a second Presidential run -- as an Independent -- in 2004.
Dan Snow (Texas)
Snow is waging an Independent write-in campaign for President in 2004.
Snow is a US Marine Corps veteran and an insurance agent. He is also
very active in groups related to bass fishing. He was the two-time
President of the Kentucky Bass Federation, a Founding Board Member
of the Bass Research Foundation, and the first Chairman of the Angler's
Advisory Committee to the Bass Research Foundation. When President
Carter loosened travel restrictions to Cuba, Snow was the first to
organize a group trip there (and, yes, it was a bass fishing group).
If elected, he promises to "restore the 'freedom to travel' for
the American people." As for foreign policy, he condemned the
Iraq war against Saddam Hussein as "an illegal and immoral war."
He also supports abolishing the IRS, establishing a system of universal
health care, the election of federal judges, legalization of prostitution
and drugs, ending the tax-exempt status for churches, passage of the
livable wage, and "an end to vulgar and profane music being played
on public TV and radio."
B. Springfield (Virginia)
for the fact that Springfield filed paperwork with the FEC to run
for President, no other info is yet known about this Independent hopeful.
Lawrence Rey Topham (Utah)
Larry Topham -- who declares on his campaign site that his "favorite food" is "wheat" -- is the quintessential perennial candidate. Over the past 28 years, Topham has run for Salt Lake City Mayor (1995, 1999, 2003), US Senate (1994), Salt Lake City Council (1993), Utah Governor (1992, 1988), Congress (1990), and President (1976, 1996, 2000) -- and there are probably more that we missed, as he sometimes runs as a write-in candidate. And, over those years, he has run as both an Independent and as a nominee of various third parties. Topham is also a bit eccentric. A 68-year-old retiree, he is a zealous advocate of returning the US to the gold standard -- and he refuses to recognize the validity of the dollars (Federal Reserve Notes) currently in use as they are backed by neither silver nor gold. In a 1998 incident, he entered the closed Utah Capitol building near midnight by falsely telling a guard that he worked there. When police officers later found him in the rest room, Topham claimed to be the Secretary of State and declared he was there to seize the Capitol. He was arrested by use of pepper spray, according to court documents. At other times, Topham has declared various officeholders illegitimate, claiming they either didn't properly file their oath of office certificates or didn't pay their filing fees with gold or silver. Topham still persists with these claims, as his 2004 Presidential site declares Topham is currently the "Secretary of State of the State of Utah and Acting Governor during martial law." In fact, Topham apparently declared martial law in Utah in November 1997 because everyone is using that "fake" money not backed by gold/silver -- which, he declared, now makes him the Governor of Utah. Further, "Governor" Topham has decreed that anyone who works to elect any candidate he deems an unauthorized candidate (i.e., just about every candidate who qualifies for the ballot) is "participating in an unofficial election to overthrow the constitutional government of the State of Utah and its counties and is forbidden by law, and may well be an act of treason." Amusingly, "Secretary of State" Topham even regularly issues his own certificate of official election results (note: candidates named Topham won 4 out the top 8 ballot offices in his 2002 certificate). In addition to the above-linked campaign site, other Topham sites include: Topham for Governor 2004, About Truth, Freedom, Zion, and the The Constition, Topham for President Blog, Topham for President Blog #2, Official Office of Lawrence Rey Topham, Acting Utah Governor, State of Utah, Secretary of State Lawrence Rey Topham, 2002 A.D., and The Constitution: Sound. A related link: Salt Lake City Weekly: Larry Topham's Patriot Games.
Tucker was a candidate for Michigan Governor in 2002 -- but failed
to qualify for the ballot. Now he's filed his FEC paperwork to make
a run for President. Beyond that, we have no information on this candidate.
Da Vid (California)
Vid is the nominee of "The Light
Party" -- which is a political entity entirely controlled by party
founder "Da Vid, M.D., Wholistic Physician, Human Ecologist & Artist."
He ran as a write-in candidate for President in 1996 and 2000 with
little result -- and is again running as a write-in candidate for
President in the 2004 election. He describes his ideology as "a synthesis
of the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green Parties ...
to create a new reality with health, peace & freedom for all." Vid's
platform promotes holistic medicine, national health insurance, organic
foods, solar energy, nuclear disarmament and a flat tax. When you
join the Light Party (cost: a $33 donation), Vid will send you a CD
of New Age music and a music video" designed to inspire, delight,
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He says that he is not running to win votes, but rather to focus attention
on some issues he really cares about -- and says that "millions of
people" support the goals of his political movement.
Wells -- the founder of the Family
Values Party and a self-described "Messiahian Jew" -- is a frequent
write-in candidate for Congress. He also ran for President as a write-in
Candidate in 2000. Now Wells is running for President again in 2004
for the same reason that he founded the ultra-conservative, theocratic
party: because -- explains
Wells on his site -- God directly spoke to him in his bedroom on December
25, 1994 at 2:00 a.m. and commanded him to do so. Wells' political
platform is largely derived from religious fundamentalism -- including
numerous citations to Biblical passages -- with an ultimate goal of
banning all abortions ("the premeditated murdering of GOD'S innocent
children"). He is also opposed to homosexuality, tobacco products,
tattoos, alcohol, drugs and gambling -- and supports all of the Ten
Commandments. If you disagree with any of these views, Wells writes
on his site you are not allowed to contribute any money to his campaign.
Wells is listed here as an Independent because the FVP appears to
merely be an alter-ego of the candidate.
J. "A.J." Wildman (Virginia)
Wildman has a lot of ideas, and that's why he's running for President.
In fact, he details them on his very lengthy website. The site "is
laid out the very much like a book. Not that I'm encouraging everyone
to read it from the first selection through to the last, but to please
review these first few items to obtain an introduction and general
overview," wrote Wildman. As for his background, Wildman worked
34 years in the information technology field, working his way up from
computer operation to programmer to project manager to business manager.
He became interested in politics two decade ago as he began to think
of better ways to address to "War on Drugs." He wants to
legalize the growing of hemp for commercial purposes (one part of
his large "NDR" -- National Drug Reform -- proposals), ensure
that jobs are reserved first for American-born US citizens ("We
do not owe anyone born outside of this country a job"), crackdown
on illegal immigrants, increase physical education requirements for
pre-K to 12 students (possibly the "Windsor/Pilate personal exercise
program"), etc. He says his platform designed to make "a
real appeal to moderates and swing voters." He also explains
that he wants to collect the signatures needed to win ballot status
nationwide. If you'd like to get involved, all campaign meetings are
held at the public library near his house.