WRITE-IN & OTHER CANDIDATES
INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES WITH BALLOT STATUS:
Cathy Gordon Brown (Tennessee)
Beyond the fact that Brown secured ballot status in her homestate of Tennessee, little else is known about this candidate. Brown's Vice Presidential runningmate was Sabrina R. Allen of Tennessee. No known campaign website nor email address. In the end, Brown captured 1,606 votes in the general election.
Randall A. Venson (Tennessee)
Liberal political activist Venson, 39, secured ballot status in his homestate of Tennessee. He's also seeking write-in votes in other states. A black Muslim, Venson believes he may be the first Muslim to ever run for President. As for his politics, Venson says he is a progressive with views very similar to those of Green Party nominee Ralph Nader -- but added that "Nader's brand of progressivism attracts mostly white liberals [and is] not ethnically diverse enough." His campaign consisted of about $1,000 in expenditures, a cell phone, a few advisors and VP runningmate Gene Kelly of Tennessee (an environmental activist and co-chair of the Nashville Peace & Justice Center). Venson, a businessman, is a former teacher, local radio talk show host and community activist. He's also a Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in criminal justice. Venson readily concedes he can't win the election -- but hopes "to wake people up" to the problems of big money politics and encourage Muslims to become more active in the political process. In September, he addressed a crowd of 2,500 people at a Muslim gathering in Chicago -- and plans to also campaign at Minister Louis Farrakhan's Million Family March on Washington in October. No known campaign website nor email address. Venson captured 535 votes in the 2000 general election.
Louie G. Youngkeit (Utah)
Youngkeit -- a rather eccentric candidate -- claims he is "the Heir Apparent of the [late billionaire] Howard R. Hughes' Estate." You see, Hughes was secretly murdered in 1970 -- and his body was frozen for several years until his death was announced in 1976 -- and JFK was assassinated in 1963 because of Hughes's money -- and it was also the reason for the Watergate break-in -- and President Bush and Hillary Clinton are part of the scheming -- all that and lots more can be found in Youngkeit's conspiracy theory (see his website for more details). As a write-in candidate in the 1996 Presidential race, Youngkeit earned only 19 votes. Having secured ballot status in his homestate of Utah, he was guaranteed to score a better performance in 2000 ... and he did, increasing his total to 161 votes in 2000. Youngkeit's Vice Presidential runningmate was Robert L. Beck of Utah.
A.J. "Victor" Albritton (Mississippi)
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 third consecutive run for President in 2000. He was also a write-in candidate for Congress in 1988. Albritton describes the purpose of his campaign as follows: "The American candidate who is also the Victorian Candidate. The Victoran 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.
Paris C.L. Alvarez (Florida)
Alvarez, 40, says that "the world will honor and love me in no time because I am real." As for an occupation, he describes himself as "Liason to Christ's Father." As for issues, he supports the flat tax AND a national sales tax, mandatory campaign spending limits and tougher enforcement of hate crimes laws. Among his more unusual views: the mandatory "castration of all international drug traffickers who are convicted in a court of law" and the government distribution "of marijuana to all retired military personnel over the age of 35 if they so desire to smoke ... [because] it will quilt all the world harmoniously."
Dave Barry (Florida)
Barry, an author and syndicated humor columnist with the Miami Herald, was running a joke campaign for President. An ideological libertarian -- much like fellow humorist PJ O'Rourke -- Barry has some warm ties to the Libertarian Party (he even wrote a few columns in the past for the party's national newspaper). Still, despite whatever political views Barry seriously holds, this campaign was simply about winning laughs. The site's entry page featured an animated picture of Barry picking his nose. Why was he running? "All the other candidates are goobers," he explains. Barry popped-up from time to time in Iowa and New Hampshire to perpetuate this campaign as fodder for some of his columns -- but it also raised a little money for charities by selling Barry campaign memorabilia. As it serves a good cause, Barry is continuing his pseudo-campaign during the general election.
Guy Benintendi (Colorado)
A 56-year-old New York native with a B.A. degree from an Ivy League college, Benintendi now resides in Colorado. After working many years in business, he went back school and earned three master's degrees in the mid-1990s. Since then, he's worked as a psychotherapist. A liberal, Benintendi wants to greatly increase spending for education, environmental and foreign aid programs -- while slashing funding for military, agricultural and law enforcement programs. He also wants to provide federal funding to states for "parenting education."
Paula E. Bennett (Nebraska)
A social worker and former school teacher, Bennett describes her political experience as having "worked on numerous political candidates campaigns" and having made an unsuccessful run for the Lincoln School Board in 1994. She's also been active in Habitat for Humanity, an assistant leader in the local Boy Scouts and serves on the Multicultural Committee of the Lincoln Public Schools. Ideologically, Bennett appears to be a political centrist.
Thomas A. Bentley (New York)
Bentley, age 53 and making his fifth run for President in 2000, is again running under the so-called "Progressive/Bull Moose" banner. Of course, since the Bull Moose Party realistically ended in 1912 with former President Theodore Roosevelt's losing third party bid for the White House -- and TR has been dead for over seven decades -- Bentley does not have much of a base to start from. An ordained minister and former journalist, Bentley has yet to qualify for the ballot in any state during his past four runs. No reason to expect any different results from him in 2000, either. As for issues, Bentley is pro-life without exceptions, wants to repeal the capital gains tax and supports the flat tax, medical marijuana, school vouchers, universal health care and the death penalty. An ordained minister, US Air Force veteran and a photographer, Bentley is also a divorced father of three.
John T. Brantley (Georgia)
A Methodist minister and father of two young children, Brantley describes his write-in campaign "as both an educational process of our political system and to find a small way of personally contributing to the future and well being of our nation." Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and advocacy of non-violence, Brantley's politics are fairly liberal. Check out his detailed platform -- which has some unique ideas (including giving homeowners tax credits for sharing their home with a homeless person and eliminating use of the penny ... just to name two of his ideas). Brantley also says that if he loses the race, he'll simply "go on with his life."
Stephen A. Brown (Virginia)
Although he holds a degree in chemical engineering and formerly worked as an engineer in the oil industry, Brown has worked as a self-employed home restoration contractor since 1983. Brown wants to largely maintain the status quo on federal funding of nearly all programs: "The answer to most of the issues is not increased funding but in better management." He also vows to focus his attentions on foreign policy issues. Brown already says he plans to run for President again in 2004.
Ronald R. Carlsen (Nevada)
Carlsen, 39, is married, has three children, is a Navy veteran and has some vocation training in electronics. He supports replacing the income tax with a national sales tax and wants to greatly increase funding for environmental programs. He wants to "stop immigration for a time and reinsert the homeless back into the nation as if from another country." Carlsen wrote that his top three priorities are increased feeding programs for the hungry in the US, tougher prison sentences for violent criminals and drug decriminalization.
Ronald H. Carter (Texas)
Born and raised in Illinois, Carter is a veteran who served a combined total of 17 years in the US Army, the Merchant Marines and the US Navy Sea Lift Command. He's also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Carter is pro-choice and wants to greatly increase federal funding for arts, education, medical/scientific research, highway infrastructure and welfare programs. He supports the flat tax and lower tax rates for most income brackets.
Alan Caruba (New Jersey)
Caruba, head of the so-called "Boring Institute," is running a humorous campaign for President. Caruba promises that his campaign will be "far less boring than" the campaigns of Al Gore, Bill Bradley and Steve Forbes. Caruba said he is prepared to "campaign vigorously so long as it doesn't involve leaving home too much." He wants to be President because of the perks and the "chance to drive the members of Congress nuts." In reality, the campaign looks mainly to be a commercial vehicle for selling some cute campaign buttons and other materials supporting the Boring Party.
Richard G. "Rich" Casebolt (Illinois)
Casebolt says that as an electrical engineer, he is professionally trained to "view the world with a lot of common sense." Beyond that, he says he is like "most Americans" living on a middle-class income and dealing with financial issues like tuition payments, car repairs, retirement savings and housing costs. He is also motivated by his faith, believing that God wants people to "live abundant lives." A social conservative, Casebolt left the GOP to make his Independent run for President. His campaign platform emphasizes decentralized government, morality, campaign finance reform and political independence.
Clifford R. Catton (New York)
Catton, a write-in candidate for President in 1996, is making a second bizarre write-in bid for the White House in 2000. "US Postal employees had been stealing my mail since 1981 -- suppressing my First Amendment rights to raise up a NEW Christian denomination -- so I decided to be a candidate for President," explains Catton. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and a supporter of total nuclear disarmament, Catton says he is now the nominee of the unknown "Church of God Party."
Quentin Colgan (California)
Colgan, a 41-year-old widower, father of 3, agricultural science teacher and former auto mechanic, promises that if elected he will tell the truth and "do what's best for America." He advocates tax reform, a simplification of laws, abolition of paid lobbying, making American English as the official language of the United States, adoption of a private "non-profit medical care" system and an end to corporate welfare. Colgan is running as a write-in candidate.
Fred Cook (Georgia)
After briefly contemplating a run for Congress, Cook decided to 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." A school teacher, Cook decided to balance his ticket by selecting retired Army officer and Korean War veteran Emmit Ezell as his VP runningmate. In March, Cook amusingly boasted that he was going to "steal the election away" because a "national online poll" had him at 34%. Of course, Cook's poll was likely the one he conducted on his own site! As for issues, Cook supports tax cuts, an end to Affirmative Action programs, educational system improvements and increased military spending. Although a nominal Republican, Cook was running as an Independent (although he also expressed ties to the Christian Alliance Party). Cook refers to opponents Bush and Gore as a "bunch of Washington clowns." Cook next plans to run for US Senator in 2002 -- and maybe make a second run for President in 2004. For a time, his site was converted into a US Senate campaign site -- although he ultimately did not enter the special election race for the late Senator Coverdell's open seat. Cook's site contains numerous typos -- including the instruction for voters to "right his name in on the ballot." And this guy is a teacher?!?
Charles R. Doty (Oklahoma)
A World War II Navy veteran and small businessman, Doty has spent the past decade as a Universal Church of God pastor. Doty, 76, is making his fifth run for President in 2000. He started his 2000 campaign as a Democrat (albeit a conservative one), but is now continuing his campaign as a Independent write-in hopeful. He is best known these days from his appearances on Comedy Central's The Daily Show (where Doty is being laughed at -- not with -- but doesn't seem to know it). His campaign activites seem largely limited to driving around in his blue van and shaking hands in shopping center parking lots.
Dr. Ernest L. Easton (Indiana)
Easton -- a Vietnam War veteran with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University -- ran for President as a write-in candidate in 1996. He's back for a second try in 2000, although his ideology is still rather hard to determine. A former college teaching assistant, Easton has worked as a songwriter and in the entertainment field for the past two decades. Easton -- who describes himself as the nominee of the Veterans Industrial Party -- is listed here as an Independent because his party appears to merely be an alter-ego of the candidate.
Maximus "Max" Englerius (Washington)
Englerius previously ran for President as a write-in hopeful in 1996. He's making another run this year and promises to "halt inflation, halt violence in the schools and neighborhoods [and] improve fairness in trade relations." Someone needs to tell Englerius that the inflation rate is already rather low.
John Michael Fitzpatrick (California)
Fitzpatrick, who attended Portland Community College and Portland State University, previously worked as a fundraiser in some charitable organizations. His politics -- and his web site -- are also heavily influenced by conservative Catholic theological views. As a little-known US Senate candidate in Oregon in 1998, he captured 58,000 votes (second place - 27%) in the GOP primary. Fitzgerald, 35, describes himself as pro-life, pro-gun, pro-wage increases for US military personnel and he "opposes interstate commerce in drugs, gambling, prostitution and pornography." He started the 2000 campaign as a Republican hopeful, but announced in February 2000 he was ending his GOP bid and launching an Independent write-in bid for President instead. His campaign site was replaced in fall 2000 with a non-political page listing his favorite topics -- although Fitzpatrick emailed Politics1 in late October 2000 to state he was still campaigning for President.
John Galt Jr. (Pennsylvania)
A writer, this candidate 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. Galt is waging a write-in campaign for President. As for views, he supports "direct democracy, that is to say [having] the people voting on what should and shouldn't be laws." Galt 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"). Galt argues that he can win the election: "I actually have a following ... I am dead serious about this campaign and will be making some announcements in the near future, that should bring my campaign to light in the press." Galt's VP runningmate is Kay Lee, a drug legalization activist from Florida.
George J. Gehring (California)
Dr. Gehring, 69 and a Navy veteran, has been working as a dentist for 45 years. Gehring is pro-choice, supports increased educational and military spending, campaign finance reform, increased penalties for drug crimes, school vouchers and tougher gun control legislation.
Robert W. Gottier (California)
A religious Agnostic who attended junior college, the 64-year-old Gottier initially summed up his qualifications as follows: "I have lived a long time, and I have learned to have very little respect for the people that are the elected U.S. federal government." He describes his other major qualification as: "I have 51 inventions but I do not have enough money to get [even] one patent" -- and lists one of his inventions as "a gravity engine." Gottier has also authored a campaign book entitled Another Candidate for President of the USA, an e-book with "844 ideas for new U.S. federal laws."
Jack Grimes (Delaware)
Grimes 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: as far as a platform, 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." UFOs, psychics, fascism and American states physically falling away into the ocean? Huh? Worth a visit simply for all of the oddball theories espoused here.
Richard Alan Hale (California)
Hale is running as a write-in candidate for President. He describes his "New Democracy" campaign as "a call for a renewal of American identity and patriotism." Hale denounces the "corruption" of the current two-party system, "anti-American atheism" and President Clinton's "un-American" foreign policy. A strong religious fervor runs throughout all of Hale's political platform. In a unique move intended to encourage young students to think about America's future, Hale is sponsoring a series of essay contests in a few selected schools with that goal in mind ($2,500 for first prize).
Russ Hirschon (District of Columbia)
Bartender Russ Hirschon is -- intentionally -- a humorous joke candidate for President (and, from time-to-time, Mayor of Washington, DC). He also ran for President in 1992 and 1996. His site is well-designed and funny (though sometimes a bit slow to load). His slogan for 2000: "I'm Tired of being Nice -- Now I want to Rule the World!"
Michael D. Jenkins (Virginia)
Jenkins, a 39-year-old attorney and businessman, calls himself the "Commander in Chief and Founder" of this unknown new party. Seemingly a perennial candidate, Jenkins says he has unsuccesfully run for President, Governor and Richmond City Council during the past 14 years. Jenkins -- a former Independent -- is making his third run for President in 2000 as the nominee of the unknown "Priorities Party." Jenkins is listed here as an Independent because his party appears to merely be an alter-ego of the candidate. As for issues, he wants to greatly increase federal funding for "political low income presidential candidates," eliminate "scandal" from federal programs and promote a "better overall economy."
Kurt Kemp (Indiana)
Self-described "everyday kinda guy" Kemp is a write-in candidate for President. His campaign largely consists of postings on various Internet newsgroups. He attacks "Big Money" for controlling government, "running us around, telling us how to do everything, and taking our tax money only to screw us." If elected, he promises to restore power to the American people. No web site -- just an email address.
Robert Donald Kilgallon (Pennsylvania)
Vietnam War veteran Kilgallon believes that he will make a good President because he is "not a politician nor am I a lawyer." Running as a write-in candidate, he plans to use the Internet as the main vehicle to promote his campaign. Kilgallon's detailed platform includes educational and health care reforms, a pro-business agenda to keep the economy strong and wages high, tort reform proposals, etc. His site went offline in Spring 2000.
Matthew J. "Matt" Klemmensen (California)
Klemmensen, a former Minnesotan, is running as an Independent because he believes "all parties have good ideas so ... let's use the best from the rest and some of our own." A former reserve police officer who now likes to build computers, he describes himself as "pro-choice" and "pro-education" (i.e., guaranteeing every American the right to a college or vocational education). Calling Social Security as "a mess," he proposes that every American be enrolled in a mandatory 401(k) retirement plan -- as a supplement to the existing Social Security system -- from birth. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temperance Alesha Lance-Council (California)
Lance-Council describes herself as social/political activist and political commentator. Running under the "Anti-Hypocrisy" banner, Lance-Council is a write-in candidate. She has a 10-point platform including "eliminating welfare to anyone under the age of 20 who is not currently in the program ... imposed birth control and drug testing for welfare recipients ... fines/taxes on companies who produce products that contribute to the degradation of women and/or children ... hold parents accountable for criminal/civil actions committed by underage children living at home," teach abstinence and "put devotion/prayer back in schools."
Rick R. Lovelien (Oklahoma)
Self-styled "average man" Lovelien -- a write-in candidate -- wants to reduce the power of government bureaucrats and make big businesses pay a greater share of the federal taxes. He is also "against abortion" and "against nuclear weapons." Warning: Lovelien's web site spawns a bunch of annoying MIDI players.
Leslie A. "Les" Lummis (Guam)
Lummis -- an 87-year-old retired businessman, Navy veteran and a strong opponent of the Federal Reserve System -- first ran for President in 1996. He proposes a complicated monetary system restructuring that he claims would eliminate the need for any federal income tax. His campaign slogan: "If you're sick and tired of taxes and the I.R.S., don't vote for more ... VOTE FOR LES!" Lummis also maintains a second campaign site.
Bradford J. Lyttle (Illinois)
Lyttle ran for President as a write-in candidate of the US Pacifist Party in 1996, garnering a handful of votes. Generally left-wing on most issues, he is making a second write-in bid in 2000. An anti-war activist and organizer for over three decades, Lyttle has been active in peace campaigns over the years in the US, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Vietnam and Bosnia. He is again running as the candidate of the US Pacifist Party -- a small group he founded and leads. Lyttle also touts himself as the only candidate entirely devoted to a pacifist agenda.
Mike B. Martisko (West Virginia)
Martsiko, 51, is a building contractor. He's touting himself as the nominee of the National Sovereignty Party -- which appears to be an alter-ego of the candidate. He promises "fair taxation for all, a Balanced Budget Amendment that works, Campaign Finance reform that allows all Americans to participate equally in the political process ... [and] truth and honesty."
Dr. Isabelle Masters (Kansas)
Masters, who was previously a candidate for President in 1984, 1992 and 1996, is back again in 2000 running under the "Looking Back" banner (whatever that means). Last election, she was on the ballot in one state and captured 755 votes. A teacher, mother of 6, and "International Evangelist" -- with a Ph.D. in Secondary Education -- Masters notes that as a doctoral candidate she was selected as "The Most Outstanding Black Student" at the University of Oklahoma.
Barry W. McClain (California)
McClain -- 53 and a high school graduate who attended some college -- is pro-choice, supports generally maintaining the status quo as to federal taxes and spending, wants increased penalties for drug crimes, tougher environmental protection laws and backs repeal of Affirmative Action programs.
Aristedes Mendes (New York)
Mendes, 40, is an Air Force veteran, a water treatment worker, Catholic and single. He is pro-life, supports increased defense spending, generally opposes gun control and vows to eliminate all federal income taxes.
Neil R. Miller (California)
Miller's campaign is centered around something he's been writing for the past 30+ years entitled Paradigm from California. With sections entitled "In Pursuit of the Magic Sentence" and "Beyond the Wave," Miller explains that the Paradigm is the "methods by which the human mind was designed, through evolution, to sort things out towards work-out-well-for-everyone continuations." After making write-in bids for President in 1996 and US Senator in 1998, Miller is making his third run for public office in 2000.
Richard R. Monts (Massachusetts)
Running on a generally liberal to libertarian platform -- pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-hemp legalization, pro-education reform, etc. -- Monts offers his detailed thoughts on a wide variety of issues. His tag line seems to be: "All government is overhead -- some is necessary; the rest is not." Most interesting is his rather premature list of ecclectic Cabinet appointments (both Democrats and Republicans alike: Jim Rogan for Attorney General, Milton Friedman for Education Secretary, etc.). Monts describes himself as the "Full-Spectrum Presidential Candidate." He writes that his chief qualification is that he is scandal-free: "I do not have enough bones in my closet to make a mouse."
Bruce Muckian (Washington)
Muckian's campaign is entirely facetious and -- he concedes -- his chances of winning are "somewhere between astronomical and totally outrageous!" He's really running for the fun of it and, he claims, to raise money for a family trip to Ireland on the Concorde. With his cousin Mike as a runningmate, he has several clever campaign slogans including: "At least they're not the Clintons," "You've Done Worse" and "Vote for Muck -- The Others Suck!" An amusing web site.
Bruce S. Nelson (Europe)
Nope ... you read that correctly ... Nelson lives in Europe (his website has a German domain location). An American citizen -- born in Chicago and educated at the University of Chicago, Beloit College and the Sorbonne -- Nelson explains that he's lived most of his professional life in Europe. He describes himself as an "American Renaissance Man ... adept in over a dozen disciplines." A software designer and writer, Nelson is also a former United National employee. Nelson says he is running as a write-in candidate "to optimize America's systems."
Joseph W. "Joe" Newman (Arizona)
Newman is a self-educated inventor and gadfly candidate running for President under the banner of the unknown Truth & Action Party. Newman's site largely touts his "Energy Machine." Follow the link to Section 3 of his site -- the "Joe Newman: His Personal,Political and Philosophical Position" part of Newman's Energy Machine site.
Andisheh "Andy" Nouraee (Georgia)
Andy -- as he is simply identified throughout his campaign web site -- is waging a rather racy and unusual run for President. Along with links to music and photography interests, Andy's site also gave "shopping" tips to would-be Y2K looters ("Steel garbage cans arenít just useful for breaking storefront windows, you can also use them to carry away looted goods"). He also recommends an array of rather graphic sex books in the "notebook" section of his site. Among his various campaign slogans: "I'm So F***ing President" and "Putting the 'racy' back in democracy" and "Putting the 'vice' back in service."
Randy Owens (Virginia)
Owens -- who is running simply as "Randy" -- is a self-described "average citizen with less than average chances of being elected President." What motivates Randy? "I was always told that I could be anything that I wanted to be and right now I want to be President, so that is the main reason for me to run," Randy explained. His platform is simply a promise to be truthful -- and he vows to cut taxes for the working class, improve our education system, and replace the current "War on Drugs" policy with an educational campaign to deter drug use.
Jim Oyster (Virginia)
An attorney specializing in telecommunications law, Oyster vows to run a low cost, internet-based campaign. A father of eight children, he believes that the "building of a just and righteous government in any land must begin with the protection and preservation of the family" and a devotion to God. Oyster also vows to unify the nation through a non-partisan Presidency that will invite leading members of all major parties to serve in his Administration.
Bernard "Bernie" Palicki (Alabama)
Palicki, a conservative, bills himself as a the "first Internet-based, no cost, write-in candidacy for President of the United States." Nicely designed site, which immodestly bills itself as the "heaviest 'intellectual' site on the web." Lots of platform info detailing the effects of scientific measurements on political issues, "Failure Analysis of 20th Century Economics" and more. Palicki claims he can identify the source of the "social, economic and political disorder, and moral decay and violence in the United States during the last half of the 20th Century and provide a required 'Corrective Action' remedy." A former Republican, Palicki lost a GOP primary for Congress in 1994. Palicki proudly notes he is neither soliciting nor accepting any campaign contributions. His VP runningmate is his best friend, Jim Hrivnak.
Scott C. Palmer (Indiana)
Palmer, a write-in candidate for President, summarized his campaign as follows: "I have several other issues, but my major issue is to make more fair and open the electorial process for candidates and newcomers to federal, state and local offices." He believes the Democrats and Republicans are not adequately representing the needs of most of the American people. As for ideology, Palmer seems fairly libertarian in his views.
Jeffrey B. Peters (New Hampshire)
A businessman with a degree from Harvard, Peters formerly served two terms on the Greenwich Town Council in Connecticut. While he says he's running for President as the nominee the "We The People, American People's Party" (an unknown new third party) -- and is running in the general election as a write-in hopeful -- Peters competed in the New Hampshire Democratic primary and captured 156 votes (9th place). Peters had hoped his 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." His one-issue campaign is based entirely upon a demand for major campaign finance reform to the current "corrupt system." Peters resumed his third party bid soon after the New Hampshire primary, and also indicated he would be interested in the Reform Party's nomination (although the party didn't appear particularly interested in him). Peters grabbed a few headlines in early October 2000 with his "Boston TV Party" -- when he said he'd dump some TV sets into Boston harbor to protest the exclusion of third party candidates from the first Bush-Gore Presidential Debate in Boston.
Raymond K. Petry (Hawaii)
After making failed runs for President in 1992 and 1996, mathematics instructor Petry was aiming just a little lower this time -- as he filed FEC paperwork to run for Vice President in 2000. After no other candidate tapped Petry for his coveted Veep spot, he launched his own Presidential campaign as the "interParty" candidate. He promises an expanded space program that will not only go back to the moon -- but also to Mars and eventually on to Pluto.
Charles A. Phillips (California)
As for background, Phillips is 69 years old, a Navy veteran, a high school graduate, a Mormon and is divorced. On the issues, he supports the flat tax, campaign finance reform, the death penalty, tougher penalties for violent crimes, adoption of more comprehensive federal hate crimes legislation, tougher penalties for drug crimes, national education standards for public schools, Affirmative Action, elimination of internation aid, fair trade policies and is pro-life without exceptions.
Burton S.H. Ridgeway (California)
Ridgeway describes himself as a "world-famous unknown" with "over forty years in business, social services, charities, former advisor to a legislator." He wants to strengthen Social Security, opposes both tax hikes and cuts, is pro-choice, pro-drug legalization and pro-gun control, supports free trade and seems to be a foreign policy non-interventionist. He also stands out as one of the most pompous of the Independent candidates -- as illustrated by this passage from his web site: "My appearance? When I stand in a court house, lawyers ask me if I would help them with a difficult case; in hospitals, doctors ask if I have time to consult; In universities, professors welcome me to the staff, and are disbelieving when I tell them Iím merely auditing a class; In restaurants, people such as the late Congressman Bob Wilson, General Alexander Haig, and a major city police chief have nodded and watched me in anxious anticipation of my approach, their disappointment apparent as I pass, delivering a mere nod. At sporting events, people stop me to ask which team I coach; when making a speech, audiences sit awestruck." Yeah, sure.
Don Rogers (California)
Rogers, a former California State Senator, is the nominee of the American Party. An unapologetic arch-conservative, Rogers is a staunch supporter of state's rights, tighter immigration restrictions, opposes gun control laws, opposes the United Nations and a "one world" government, and is pro-life without exception. Rogers, however, is also highly controversial. He twice attended events in the mid-1990s sponsored by a leading Christian Identity movement publication and was a featured speaker there along with Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, white supremacist and neo-Nazi leaders. He has also been a speaker at various militia events. The party saw its worst finish ever in the 1996 Presidential election, as 1996 American Party nominee Diane Beall Templin was on the ballot in just 2 states and captured only 1,900 votes. Rogers is in even worse shape, as he failed to secure ballot status in any states. In fact, only 39 delegates attended the party's 2000 National Convention. Al Moore of West Virginia is the party's Vice Presidential nominee. Click on the above link to read more about this controversial third party nominee.
Robin Lee Salyers (Kentucky)
Salyers -- 44 and a father of three -- is generally pro-choice, against federal funding of the arts, for increased spending on environmental and military defense programs, for universal health care and says that education funding "is not a priority ... [because] the problem with education is not money." Salyers also says he has a plan which could completely stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US within two years of his election.
Donald Sauter (Maryland)
Sauter is campaigning on a "You and Me for President" platform of "pure democracy." What that means, he explains, is that every Presidential action will be "dictated by majority will." In fact, that is the answer Sauter gives to every single question he is posed on any issue. He plans to set up 1-900 phone lines and have the American people call and register their views on any action he needs to take. Whatever the majority wants -- even if he disagrees -- he promises to do. Don't try to trip-up this candidate with any live media interviews as his site contains the statement: "My policy is 'no interviews.' I will respond in writing to written questions only." He previously ran for President on this same platform in 1996. Sauter, 47 and single, is a computer progammer and amateur guitar player. His text-only web site also contains lots of information on the Beatles, UFOs, guitars, board games and other assorted topics.
Joe C. "Average Joe" Schriner (Ohio)
Schriner, 44, is the director of an "Independent Catholic Ministry" and a former substance abuse counselor. 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 became his campaign as a Republican, he became an Independent in Summer 2000 in order to continue his campaign.
R.U. Sirius (Illinois)
Sirius (a pen name) -- who readily admits his campaign is "a hopeless cause" -- is a longtime radical left journalist, author and frequent writer about pop cyberculture. In a June 2000 article, he said he was running for President "because I just wanted the media world to allow me to write and speak about politics instead of having to spew about technoculture, which frankly bores my ass now. I was either too dumb or too lazy to come up with any other context." Running under the banner of his self-proclaimed The Revolution party, Sirius' campaign slogan is "Victory Over Horses--t! Mock the Vote!" He's running on a 20-Point Platform that is a cross between libertarianism, environmentalism and social liberalism. Sirius, 48, got his start in politics as a teenager in the 1960s when he got active in Abbie Hoffman's Yippie Party. An amusing, provocative web site.
Lacey Mark Sivak (Idaho)
Sivak, 41, was previously a write-in candidate for President in 1996. He calls for a "total revamping [of the] system" by greatly increasing funding for programs across the board. He writes that his campaign booklet will explain his plans to "overhaul the entire system."
Michael R.T. "Mike" Strauss (Massachusetts)
Strauss, 42, holds a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and owns a small business. Running under the banner of "Mike's Party" -- his own creation -- he's seeking the Presidency "because I can, it looks good on my resume and it causes no harm." He also admitted to the Worcester Telegram "that the prospect of becoming president doesn't particularly excite me."
Jeffrey F. "Jeff" Sturk (Virginia)
Sturk, a musical hobbyist, is trying to organize a new entity named the Buffalo Party -- because he'd like to see future races have at least "several hundred candidates" for President. He supports reinstating the military draft, doesn't like the idea of gays in the military (but he can live with "Don't Ask. Don't tell."), supports DC statehood and wants some unspecified form of tax reform. He explains that while living in a homeless shelter for several weeks in the 1980s, he decided that he would someday run for President. He modestly explains: "Whether or not I am ready remains to be seen, but the time is surely now to seek the office for which I have been preparing." A rather eclectic and rambling web site, too.
Scott C. Taylor (Texas)
Taylor seems to be using his campaign as a vehicle for promoting his book, which calls for us to "rededicate ourselves as a nation to studying, understanding, and adhering to the guidelines contained in the Constitution if there is to be any hope of salvaging America." The book can be downloaded for free from Taylor's campaign site. If elected, Taylor vows to eliminate the income tax, abolosh the IRS, withdraw the US from the United Nations, repeal gun control laws, eliminate federal welfare and Social Security programs, and end federal involvement in education programs. Taylor, 37, is married and has 3 children.
Charles Gordon Vick (Tennessee)
Vick is a perennial candidate going back many years. He's lost multiple races for President, Governor, US Senate and Congress. A glutton for defeat, he's apparently looking to add another loss to his record in 2000. As for issues, he appears to be an indeological libertarian who vows to largely dismantle the federal government by "eliminating funding" for all federal programs. He also would eliminate the income tax for all persons earning under $75,000 a year. On other hot button issues, Vick is pro-medical marijuana, anti-gun control, pro-death penalty and believes abortion is an issue not in any way related to the federal government.
Da Vid (California)
Da Vid is the nominee of "The Light Party" -- which seems merely to be the political alter ego of party founder "Da Vid, M.D., Wholistic Physician, Human Ecologist & Artist." He ran as a write-in candidate for President in 1996 with little result and is again running as a write-in candidate for President in the 2000 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." After viewing much of this very strange site, you get the feeling it is more likely the synthesis of ego, politics and a very lengthy acid trip. An additional Da Vid site is Project Vote Smart: Da Vid.
William L. Wallace (Alabama)
Wallace, a construction company civil engineer, lists "The Church" as his political affiliation. He was previously ran as a write-in candidate for Alabama Governor in 1998 and US Senator in 1996. Wallace is pro-life, supports a flat tax which would lower taxes for individuals earning less than $75,000 a year, back large tax hikes for corporations, wants to greatly increase defense and educational spending, supports tougher anti-drug laws and proposes to ban all PAC money while requiring Congressional candidates to raise all their campaign money from within their home state.
Jim Watkins (Indiana)
Watkins -- a humor columnist -- is running a less-than-serious campaign for President. Describing himself as an "author, speaker and threat to society," he claims he's running under the "Tupperware Party ticket, which promises fresh ideas while preserving traditional American values." The site features a cute campaign platform.
Thomas "Tom" Wells (Florida)
Wells -- the founder of the Family Values Party and a self-described "Messiahian Jew" -- ran for Congress as a write-in nominee in 1998 (663 votes - 0.5%). Wells is running for President for the same reason that he founded the ultra-conservative, theocratic party: because -- explains Wells on his campaign 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. An additional Wells site is Project Vote Smart: Tom Wells.
Rick Williams (Tennessee)
Williams, an information technology engineer and ex-Libertarian Party member, joined the Reform Party in 1999 and briefly sought the Reform nomination before deciding to run as an Independent. He writes that he wants "to be America's last President under the current Constitution." Williams proposes a Constitutional Convention to write an entirely new US Constitution to "expand upon the Bill of Rights, eliminate property forfeitures and income taxes, insure privacy rights, drastically reduce the size of the federal government" and eliminate the "corrupting influence of campaign contributions from wealthy individuals, corporations, and special interests." As for other issues, he is pro-choice, supports health care reform and wouldn't mind "a very minimalist one-world government" so long as it is not "a George Bush New World Order regime of the wealthy and powerful."
Jeffrey G. Winter (California)
Winter, 37, is a US Navy veteran and Russian linguist who currently works as an artist. Running a self-described guerrilla write-in campaign for President, Winter hopes his candidacy will help launch his new political party (The Netocratic Party). Winter supports "the right to telecommunications privacy of all people ... [denounces] the ignorance and greed which have led humanity to the brink of global environmental catastrophe ... opposes weapons of mass destruction," supports greatly increased spending on eduational and arts programs, supports drug legalization and "emphasizes [his] support for the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution."
James W. "Jim" Wright (Texas)
Wright -- along with runningmate Leonard "Len" Foster -- are conservatives who denounce both major parties, President Clinton, Attorney General Janet Reno, the FBI, etc. Like several others listed on this page, the Wright-Foster team is running an Internet-based campaign under the banner of "Independence USA." Blasting "politicians, corporations, and foreign powers," Foster vows to return control of "America to the Americans" and protect individual rights. Wright was previously a write-in candidate for President in 1992. This year, Wright has qualified as a recognized write-in candidate in Texas. In what is presumably a cute jab at President Clinton for taking illegal campaign contributions in 1996 from agents of the Chinese government, Wright also has a Chinese version of the site linked from his main page.
David E. Wyatt (Florida)
Wyatt is a budding artist and poet. While the site it nicely designed -- with a Presidential seal background -- this site is not what you'd expect from a Presidential candidate. Check out the photo section -- in which he is wearing sunglasses in lots of the pictures -- especially the photo of Wyatt working on the phone as a bill collector. While typical candidates claim Reagan, JFK or FDR as heroes, Wyatt writes that "nothing in this world that has had a greater influence on my mind" than the rock band Pink Floyd's movie and album The Wall. Wyatt is already busy planning his campaign schedule: his page announces that you should contact him if you "want to party with your future President." No fancy hotels for this campaign -- I presume he'll just crash on your couch for the night after the party.
Abraham Zizkis (Connecticut)
Zizkis -- an 82-year-old retired food service sales manager and widower -- is making his first run for President in 2000. This is not, however, his first campaign for political office as Zizkis previously ran for State Senate in 1998 and in Arizona in the 1990s for Scottsdale Mayor, city council and Secretary of State. A veteran and former justice of the peace, he says he's also been a "lobbyist for the public interest." On the issues, Zizkis vows to "eliminate funding" for most federal programs and slash personal income tax rates. He is also pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-death penalty and pro-tougher enforcement of environmental regulations.
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