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Fringe Candidates Filing for President at 2x Rate of 2012 Cycle

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112 Americans are already running for president in 2016 - twice the number as at this stage of the cycle four years ago; Republican filers outnumber Democrats by more than 2:1

feclogo10.pngWhile political junkies still need to wait several more months before top-tier Democrats and Republicans start to file their official paperwork for the 2016 presidential election, the Federal Election Commission has remained quite busy processing candidate filings from lesser-known Americans in recent months.

Could the swell in candidate filings be a sign of rising dissatisfaction with the federal government?

Or is it merely a reflection of the fact that the 2016 cycle is an open seat race with Obama completing his second term?

Whatever the cause, the last two years have seen a massive uptick in the number of 2016 filers compared to this stage of the 2012 cycle.

A Smart Politics analysis of FEC Statement of Candidacy filings through July 13th finds that exactly twice as many Americans have filed to run for president in the 2016 cycle (112) as compared to four years ago at this time (56).

Each presidential candidate is required to file a Statement of Candidacy to the FEC within 15 days of becoming a candidate.

While north of 300 such filings were processed for the 2012 campaign, only 56 had been filed at the FEC through July 13, 2010.

Twice as many Americans have announced their presidential candidacy for the 2016 cycle - although it's unlikely you've heard of any of them.

So, just who are these people?

Republicans Leading the Charge

Rumored top-tier presidential candidates for the 2016 cycle find substantially more Republican names being floated than Democrats, where Hillary Clinton is seen to be crowding out most would-be candidates.

Among lesser-known candidates, Republicans are also running in much greater number.

Of the 112 candidates to file thus far, more than one-third are Republicans (38, or 33.9 percent).

That is more than twice the number of Democrats, who count 18 filers to date, or 16.1 percent of all candidates.

More than two-thirds of the Republican candidates hail from states carried by Obama in the 2012 election with just 12 from Romney states: five from Texas and one each from Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and West Virginia.

Two candidates attempted to bridge the partisan divide by filing as "Democrat & Republican" - Doris Cintron of San Diego and Daniel Lane Dean of Los Angeles.

Dean's campaign committee is appropriately named, "Let's Unite America."

A total of 25 candidates filed as independents (22.3 percent) while 16 did not list their affiliation (14.3 percent).

One candidate filed from the Green, Libertarian, Reform, Socialist Democrat, and Tea Parties as well as one each from All Mother Earth, America's Third Party, Anti-Hypocrisy, Bull Moose, Inspiration, Priorities, Revolutionary, and Work parties.

Men, Men, Men...

As has been the case for top-tier presidential candidates over the decades, an overwhelming majority of presidential filers so far have been men.

Through Sunday, 87 of the 112 presidential early birds are men, or 77.7 percent, with just 25 women.

Less than a quarter of the female filers were Republican (six of 25) compared to 42 percent of the males (32 of 77).

Among the colorful candidates running for president in 2016:

· Democrat James "Titus the Great" Law of Torrance, California
· Republican Tim "Texas Slim" Day of Galveston Island, Texas
· Democrat President Emperor Caesar of Cape Coral, Florida
· Revolutionary Party candidate President Princess Khadijah M. Jacob-Fambro of San Francisco
· Independent candidate Rev. Father John Boydson of Springfield Colorado who included a photocopy of his calling card, praying hands on the footer of his application, and a quote from Numbers ("The Lord bless thee and keep thee.")

Boydson was not the only candidate to inject religion on his declaration of candidacy.

Unaffiliated candidate Andre Ventura of Detroit announced who would be the VP on his ticket as follows:

Running Mate
Name: God
Address: Omni Present
Phone: Prayer

If At First You Don't Succeed...

While none of these presidential candidates are household names, for many this is not their first rodeo.

In fact, 52 of the 112 men and women to file thus far have filed to run for president a combined 102 times in previous election cycles.

A total of 45 candidates running for president in 2016 also filed in 2012, with 22 doing so in 2008, 11 in 2004, 14 in 2000, and 10 in 1996.

Two early birds have already filed for the 2020 cycle: Republican Timothy Kalemkarian and Libertarian Kip Lee (each of whom has filed for every cycle dating back to at least 1996).

The paperwork of independent candidate Joseph Charles of Greater Houston is a bit curious, however, as it states he is running "for reelection" to the office of the presidency.

Charles, who also turned in paperwork in each of the previous five presidential election cycles since 1996, filed his name as:

Joseph Charles - U.S. President "of Royalty's" of the U.S.A. - for Reelection

And his campaign committee is named:

I, President Joseph Charles of the U.S.A. - At Present

Is Your Neighbor Running for President?

The 112 filers hail from 34 different states plus the District of Columbia.

Not surprisingly, the nation's most heavily-populated states tend to produce the largest number of these fringe, lesser-known, and perennial candidates.

California leads the way with 17 filing thus far for the 2016 cycle, followed by Florida at 15, Texas at 11, Michigan at seven, and New York and Pennsylvania with five.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Washington, D.C. and Virginia with four and Arizona, Maryland, and North Carolina with three each.

Sixteen states have yet to see one of its residents throw his or her hat in the presidential ring at this point in the cycle: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wyoming.

Grab Bag...

· Very few of these little-known candidates ever raise much money for their presidential campaigns, however Priorities Party candidate Michael Dwayne Jenkins of Richmond, Virginia is a bit more optimistic about his ability to come up with some money. Jenkins filed with an outdated 2003 version of Form 2 that included a section intended for Senate and House candidates only that asks how much personal funds the candidate plans to expend exceeding the threshold limit. Jenkins filled in $12 million for both the primary and general election!

· When All Mother Earth candidate Todd Wade Willey from Onaway, Michigan was asked to fill out the state and district in which he lives, he wrote, "Planet Earth."

· Meanwhile, on his initial filing Republican Ezekiel George Crotzer of Midland, Michigan named his Principal Campaign Committee (PCC) "Congress the Congress of the United States." After the FEC sent Mr. Crotzer a letter informing him he needed to provide more information on his PCC, he sent an amended form stating his committee name was now, "Sarah Palin."

Note: It will likely be quite a while before the first known candidate enters the presidential fray this cycle.

In the 2012 cycle, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer was the first big name to file, on March 3, 2011 followed by Tim Pawlenty on March 21st and Barack Obama on April 4th.

In the meantime, stay tuned for other less notable presidential hopefuls as they try to dot their I's and cross their T's on their way to a successful FEC filing.

So is someone from your hometown running for president? Check the list:

Presidential Statement of Candidacy Filings, 2016 Cycle

Name
Party
City
State
Run before
Jenny Edwards
None
Jemison
AL
2000, 2004, 2012
Katee Edwards
None
Jemison
AL
2008, 2012
Kenneth Robert Cross
Reform
Batesville
AR
2008, 2012
Michael Wayne Diggs
Republican
Amity
AR
 
Chuck Zeiger
None
Glendale
AZ
 
Kristi Freeland Dutton
Independent
Tucson
AZ
 
Roger Jewell
Republican
Casa Grande
AZ
1996, 2000, 2008
Brittany Lauren Clark
Democrat
Los Angeles
CA
 
Charles Brannan
Green
Chico
CA
2008, 2012
Daniel Lane Dean
Democrat & Republican
Los Angeles
CA
 
Doris Cintron
Democrat & Republican
San Diego
CA
 
Doug Shreffler
Democrat
Port Hueneme
CA
 
Eric Scott Cavanaugh
Republican
Sonora
CA
 
James "Titus the Great" Law
Democrat
Torrance
CA
 
James Orlando Ogle
Democrat
Monterey
CA
1996, 2012
Jerry Leon Carroll
None
Stockton
CA
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
John Albert Dummett
Republican
Foresthill
CA
2012
Kip Lee
Libertarian
Redding
CA
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2020
Matthew David Pinnavaia
None
Oceanside
CA
2008, 2012
Nicholas Alexander Sopkovich
Democrat
Newport Beach
CA
 
Philip Bralich
Democrat
Monterey
CA
 
President Princess Khadijah M. Jacob-Fambro
Revolutionary
San Francisco
CA
2012
Temperance Alesha Lance-Council
Anti-Hypocrisy
Pacific Palisades
CA
2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Timothy Charles Kalemkarian
Republican
Westlake Village
CA
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2020
Father John Boydson
Independent
Springfield
CO
2000, 2004, 2008
Eric James Borrell
Independent
Washington
D.C.
 
Samuel Lyndell Powell
Independent
Washington
D.C.
2008, 2012
Sherlene D. Stephens
Republican
Washington
D.C.
 
Tyrone Julius
Republican
Washington
D.C.
2012
Donald Sauter
None
Dover
DE
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Angie McCall
None
Titusville
FL
 
Brian Patrick Ketterer Russell
Republican
Ponte Vedra Beach
FL
 
Christin Noel Griskie
Republican
Panama Beach City
FL
2012
Dwayne Alan Tomlinson
Republican
Wauchula
FL
 
Elaine Whigham Williams
Democrat
Orlando
FL
 
Josue LaRose
Republican
Deerfield Beach
FL
 
Michael Alan Steinberg
Democrat
Tampa
FL
 
Patrick Stephen McKart
Democrat
Fort Myers
FL
 
Paul Chehade
Independent
Miami
FL
2012
Paul Edward Tape, Jr.
Tea Party
Trenton
FL
 
President Emperor Caesar
"Democrate"
Cape Coral
FL
2008, 2012
Stuart Ross Farber
Independent
Orlando
FL
 
Terry Jones
None
Gainesville
FL
2012
Tony Mullikin
None
Titusville
FL
 
Yinka Abosede Adeshina
Republican
Tallahassee
FL
2012
Patrick Anthony Drake
Republican
Grayson
GA
2012
Angelo Yoshannah Scrigna
Democrat
Pahoa
HI
 
Ronald Durphy Menard
Independent
Honolulu
HI
2012
Doris V. Walker
None
Chicago
IL
 
John Graham Schwartz
None
Park Ridge
IL
 
James Robert Byers
Independent
Elkhart
IN
 
Todd Richard Glore
Independent
Fort Wayne
IN
2012
Shawna Joy Martinez
Independent
Sharpsburg
KY
 
Paul W. Debow
Republican
Natchitoches
LA
 
Don Larance Rondeau
Independent
Gaithersburg
MD
 
Michael Wayne Hubbell
Independent
Lexington Park
MD
 
Victor Bryan Walker
Independent
Timonium
MD
2012
Andre Ventura
None
Detroit
MI
2008
Bartholomew James Lower
Republican
Ionia
MI
 
Cherunda Lynn Fox
Republican
Detroit
MI
 
Eugene Rosell Hunt
Republican
Gaylord
MI
2012
Ezekiel George Crotzer
Republican
Midland
MI
 
Paul Benjamin-Dielman Cannady
Independent
Lexington Park
MI
 
Todd Wade Willey
All Mother Earth
Onaway
MI
 
Ole Savior
Republican
Minneapolis
MN
2008, 2012
George Brent Bailey
Republican
Clinton
MS
2008, 2012
David Quinn Hendrix
Independent
Gastonia
NC
 
Robert Carr Wells
Independent
Charlotte
NC
2012
Steve Allen Dillon
Unaffiliated
Belhaven
NC
 
Michael Wayne Kinlaw
Republican
Williston
ND
 
David Christopher Holcomb
Independent (Christian)
Springfield
NE
2012
Jeffrey Boss
Democrat
Guttenberg
NJ
2008, 2012
Rome Murphy II
Democrat
Ewing
NJ
 
Kerry Dale Bowers
Republican
Henderson
NV
 
Brenda Dawn Justice
Republican
Astoria
NY
 
Kins Jeroboan
Republican
Jamaica
NY
 
Michael Dename
Independent
Brooklyn
NY
2012
Silvia Stagg
Republican
Niagara Falls
NY
2011-2032; 2012-2024
Zachary Tarlow
None
Northport
NY
 
Amy Conger
None
Westlake
OH
 
Daniel Robert Owens
Democrat
Ashland
OR
 
Mark Alexander Paul Keller
Republican
Aloha
OR
 
Brian Cole
Republican
Hollidaysburg
PA
 
Jerry Leonard
Republican
Harrisburg
PA
 
Loretta Lax Miller
Democrat
Highspire
PA
2012
Mike Benjamin Martisko
Republican
Point Marion
PA
2000, 2008, 2012
Thomas Francis Winterbottom
Democrat
Pottstwon
PA
2000, 2004
Jacob Baker
Work Party
Greenville
SC
 
Vincent Charles Jones
Bull Moose Party
Charleston
SC
 
Mark Joseph Dutter
Independent
Spearfish
SD
 
Deborah Mae MacKimzey
Independent
Bryan
TX
 
John Anson Lee
Republican
Houston
TX
2012
Joseph Charles
Independent
Greater Houston
TX
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Karin Lynn Swanson
Socialist Democrat
Amarillo
TX
2012
Lee L. Mercer Jr.
Democrat
Houston
TX
2008, 2012
Mr. and/or Mrs. James McCord Sewell III
Independent
Houston
TX
 
Pogo Mochello Allen-Reese
Republican
Sugar Land
TX
 
Sammy Murel Brown
Republican
Kountze
TX
1996
Tiffani El Dawn Mimms
Republican
Cedar Hills
TX
 
Tim “Texas Slim” Day
Republican
Galveston Island
TX
2012
Willie Felix Carter
Democrat
Fort Worth
TX
2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Mark Pendleton
Independent
Salt Lake City
UT
2012
Robert Fane Lehigh
Inspiration
Salt Lake City
UT
 
Eddie McDowell
Republican
Richmond
VA
1996
Jefferson Woodson Sherman
Republican
Springfield
VA
 
Michael Dwayne Jenkins
Priorities Party
Richmond
VA
1996, 2000
Sheila “Samm” Tittle
Independent
Fredericksburg
VA
2012
David Jon Sponheim
America's Third Party
Oak Harbor
WA
2012
June La'Gay Lloyd
Independent
Seattle
WA
 
John Theodore Schiess
Republican
Rice Lake
WI
 
Lowell Jackson Fellure
Republican
Hurricane
WV
2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Tami L. Stainfield
None
Charleston
WV
2012
Note: Through July 13, 2014. Table compiled by Smart Politics with information from FEC filings.

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