There are other candidates who are vying for a stint in the White House aside from President Obama who is running for re-election on the Democratic ticket and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney. Below are the fifteen other hopefuls from not-so-well-known parties who are also trying their luck to become the next American President come November.
Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party
He was Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican. He ran his own construction company before entering politics. He lists climbing Mt. Everest and Ironman Triathlons among his personal accomplishments.
Jill Stein – Green Party
Dr. Jill Stein is a physician and medical school professor who focuses on environmental health issues. She has run for political office in Massachusetts twice for the Green-Rainbow Party, that state’s branch of the Green Party.
Virgil Goode – Constitution Party
Virgil Goode became a Virginia state senator as an independent, then joined the Democratic Party. Goode later represented Virginia in congress from 1997 to 2009, initially as a Democrat. He switched to independent in 2000, and still won re-election. For the 2006 election, he ran as a Republican and was again re-elected — for a sixth term. Goode was defeated in 2008. Selected as the presidential candidate for the Constitution Party, Goode’s campaign seeks to restrict immigration and reduce the size of the federal government.
Rocky Anderson – Justice Party
A lawyer from Salt Lake City who also served two terms as mayor, from 2000 to 2008. Anderson renounced the Democratic Party in August of last year, and accepted the nomination of the new Justice Party in January of 2012. The party’s platform includes the end of war, universal health care, and international cooperation on dealing with climate change.
Peta Lindsay – Party for Socialism and Liberation
Peta Lindsay represents a political party that formed by splitting off from the left-wing Workers World Party in 2004. Lindsay is an anti-war activist. She was born in 1984, so if elected, she would be ineligible to serve as president. The U.S. Constitution states that presidents must be at least 35 years old.
Tom Hoefling – America’s Party
He is the national chairman of America’s Party which seeks to end the income tax, outlaw abortion, beef up the military, and outlaw gay marriage. Hoefling’s presidential campaign does not seek or accept campaign donations.
Roseanne Barr – Peace and Freedom Party
Yes, the former sitcom actress is running for office. Her campaign platform includes the legalization of marijuana, an end to war, and forgiveness of student debt. Barr’s candidacy has gained the endorsement of NORML, the Green Party Black Caucus, and 2008 Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney.
James Harris – Socialist Workers Party
Aside from this upcoming election, Harris was also the Socialist Workers Party’s candidate in 1996 and 2000 elections. Harris rose through the ranks by campaigning for workers’ rights and union organization, particularly in the union-averse state of Georgia.
Andre Barnett – Reform Party USA
Barnett served with the U.S. Army and was wounded in Sarajevo in 2000. Told he would not be able to engage in heavy physical activities again, he rehabilitated himself and became a fitness model. He then founded an information technology business. Barnett’s platform includes pulling the military out of foreign countries to concentrate on homeland security, implementing tariffs on imports, lowering the corporate tax rate, and regulating the cost of health care.
Tom Stevens – Objectivist Party
An activist lawyer who founded the Objectivist Party, which was formed to promote the philosophy of Ayn Rand. He is also chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania.
Merlin Miller – Third Position Party
An independent film producer and the first ever presidential candidate for the Third Position Party. He has been linked to the the Council of Conservative Citizens, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a White Nationalist hate group. The Third Position Party platform focuses on law enforcement and victim’s rights.
Jerry White – Socialist Equality Party
His party follows the philosophy of Leon Trotsky. His campaign platform involves issues of jobs, workers’ rights, and quality of life issues like universal healthcare, guaranteed minimum income, an end to foreclosures, and universal pensions.
Jim Carlson – Grassroots Party
Carlson is the owner of a Duluth head shop, Last Place on Earth. His party shares a philosophy with the Green Party with an added emphasis on the legalization of marijuana.