From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News (February 24th), via Jed Ziggler at IPR:
In 2012, the Constitution Party experienced a series of events which led to the nomination of the semi-Republican former Congressman Virgil Goode for President. And while Goode’s establishment credentials and name recognition earned him valuable media attention, his vote totals were a clear disappointment. Can the three 2016 candidates turn that trend around?
Disappointment in 2012
In 2012, this publication endorsed a certain candidate from Arizona for the Constitution Party Presidential nomination. He was promptly removed from the race by Party leaders who appeared determined to usher a well-known, professional politician into the Constitution Party nomination. Former Virginia GOP Congressman Virgil Goode was that politician. But the nominee never quite left the Republican Party and seemed to only make a half-hearted attempt to campaign.When the final results were tallied, Goode and the Constitution Party finished 5th overall with 122,378 votes. That was one-fourth the total received by the Green Party’s Jill Stein and one-tenth the total received by Libertarian Gary Johnson. It was also a decline compared to the 199,314 votes garnered by the Constitution Party 2008 Presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin. By comparison, the Libertarian nominee received almost three-times the vote from four years earlier, while the Green candidate received four-times the number of votes as in 2008.
This election cycle, there are three serious and credible candidates seeking the Constitution Party Presidential nomination. All are respected rank and file Party members and each believes they can improve on the showing the Constitution Party candidate received four years ago. Here is a brief summary of the three candidates.
J.R. Myers – Alaska (from JRMyersForPresident.com):
“I was born in Great Falls, Montana, January 3, 1963…I am the descendant of pioneers from several Northern & Central European countries, as well as the Cree/Metis people of Canada and Montana. I graduated from Charles Marion Russell High School and while there, was a Peer Counselor, President of the Native American Club and a National Merit Semifinalist. I graduated a semester early and became the youngest Licensed Realtor in Montana. At that time, I was elected by the Great Falls Native American community to serve on the Board of Directors of the Great Falls Native American Association and Health Clinic. I was also a founding member of the Great Falls NAACP along with the late Reverend Philip Caldwell. I was a Reagan Republican and was later elected as a Republican Precinct Committeeman and Served on the Flathead County Republican Central Committee.
My political resume includes affiliation, service and leadership in the Montana Republican, Libertarian and Reform Parties, the last two which I chaired. Since returning to Alaska in 2003, I was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party for seven years, rising to become AIP Vice Chair. In 2010 I founded and continue to Chair the Alaska Constitution Party, which is a formal affiliate of the national Constitution Party.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, NationaI Certified Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor. I can usually be found every Sunday at the Haines Christian Center (Assembly of God) where I often teach adult Sunday School and sing in the Praise and Worship team. I have dedicated my life to the service of others, striving to provide hope and healing in the Last Frontier. I am stepping forth in faith to offer my service to the people of The United States of America as their President in 2016.”
View JR Myers’ campaign platform positions here.
Scott Copeland – Texas (from ScottCopelandUSA.com):
“Scott was born on October 7, 1963, in Jackson, Mississippi. He is an ordained and licensed minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ…He helped in the development and structure of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention and served on the Executive Board for three two year terms. Scott also served on the Credentials Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Scott has worked in several family owned businesses. Scott worked for the MSDOT in the Right of Way Division for over nine years becoming the youngest supervisor to date. He prepared the Engineering Section’s budget for personnel, computer request, and served as the Division PC Administrator & Education Coordinator for CADD Intergraph Systems. Upon departing MSDOT Scott started a CADD service business working with many clients in the Civil Engineering and Land Surveying business as well as bidding and working on projects for the MSDOT Right of Way Division as a sub-contractor.
Scott has been involved in problem solving and the implementation of new policies for most of his life. He has authored one book entitled “Your 2012 Middle Class President”. Scott is not a politician, but believes firmly God has called the United States of America to be a leader in God’s created world. Scott is committed to the Word of God as a life building guide to a personal relationship with God. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments are firmly based in Judeo-Christian values and morality, and the citizens have the God given rights to demand the government remain true to these documents and America’s politicians be held accountable for their actions…Scott, praise God, has never held public office. However, he has entered the 2016 Presidential race and is seeking the nomination of the Constitution Party.”
View Scott Copeland’s campaign platform positions here.
Patrick Ockander – Texas (from PatrickOckander.com):
“Who am I? I consider myself an American Patriot, born to do this work. I see the problems We All are facing, and I have clear-cut solutions. I believe I am being called to do this work. I recognize that those who are presently running don’t have the answers, and lack real vision, plus, I don’t trust most of them. Besides, I was born for this. In an unusual way, I’ve spent my lifetime preparing for this. I have hope for our future. I will stand for truth. And, with your help, I know We can turn the tide of oppression.
I have eyes to see and ears to hear. I have hope and a vision for a brighter future, and I see the Path to Success clearly before us. Besides that, I’m not a career politician, rather, I’m a patriot who got fed up watching from the sidelines, who decided to step up and do the hard thing. And, I’m on God’s side, are you?
While in office, I am seeking: To reform and reinforce our international alliances…The return to our core Constitutional values…The preservation of LIFE…Respect of American’s right to privacy (end the Patriot Act)… Elimination of formal taxation, and the phasing out of the Federal Reserve…Truth and accountability in politics, and of our politicians…The elimination/reduction of corruption in government…It’s time to get right with our maker and the ultimate Return to One Nation Under God.”
View Patrick Ockander’s campaign platform positions here.
On February 27th, all three candidates will participate in a Presidential debate hosted by the Idaho Constitution Party. View the Constitution Party of Idaho’s website for details. For more information on the Constitution Party, visit ConstitutionParty.com.
Check out all the opposition/third party candidates running in 2016 from every state and for every office at the Opposition News Candidates Page.