As of June 22, 38 individuals have filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for President of the United States in 2016. Of these, 16 filed as Independent, None, or Other; 13 filed as Republicans; eight filed as Democrats; and one filed as Libertarian.
Notable among those running include:
- Conspiracy theorist from New Jersey.
- Bases his campaign on 9/11 truth.
- Claims he witnessed the NSA orchestrate the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- Appeared on the 2008 general presidential election ballot in New Jersey as the “Vote Here” candidate, received 639 votes.
- Appeared on the 2012 general presidential election ballot in New Jersey as the “NSA Did 9/11″ candidate, received 1,024 votes.
- See also: The Frenzied Conspiracy Theories of Jeff Boss (Vice.com) – explains that “it was [his] sister-in-law, Cathy who had orchestrated the September 11th attacks.”
Jack Fellure (No Website) – Republican
- Retired engineer from West Virginia.
- Bases his platform on the 1611 Authorized King James Bible.
- Wishes to ban pornography, alcohol, abortion, and homosexuality.
- Has no website, no cell phone, and does not use the internet.
- Has run in the Republican presidential primary in every election since 1988.
- Won the Prohibition Party’s presidential nomination in 2012 and appeared on the general election ballot in Louisiana, receiving 518 votes.
- Pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Florida.
- Strongly opposed to radical Islam.
- Best known for highly publicized Koran-burnings, which often spark violent protests in the Middle East, and have lead to the issuing of a warrant for his arrest in Egypt.
- Ran as a write-in presidential candidate in 2012.
- Platform page located on James Ogle’s US Parliament website, which links to a Facebook page with four likes.
- Calls for the abolition of all financial institutions and prisons.
- Believes an alien spaceship will land on January 20, 2017.
- Additional information can be found on Project Vote Smart.
- Small business owner from Virginia.
- Holds typical Conservative views on political issues as listed on her campaign website.
- Appeared on the 2012 general presidential election ballot in Colorado and Louisiana as the “We the People” candidate, receiving 2,571 votes overall.
- See this recent IPR post for further information.
- Former head football coach for Savannah State University (Record: 7-15).
- Was the first white football coach for the traditionally-black school, and sued the school for reverse discrimination after his dismissal; the lawsuit was later settled.
- Ran for president in 2012, first as an Independent, then for the Reform Party nomination, and then for the Constitution Party nomination.
- Finished third at the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention with 58 of the 402 delegate votes cast.
- Considers himself the ideological successor of former Congressman Ron Paul.
For the complete list of candidates, click here.