While Donald Trump and Joe Biden get the vast majority of the attention in the race for the White House, there are other options for Washington and Idaho voters to choose, although not all the same options.
Third party candidates in both Idaho and Washington
Other than the Republican and Democratic states, the only third party candidates on both ballots are the Libertarians, Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen.
Jorgensen, who has a doctorate in organizational psychology and lectures at Clemson University, was the party’s vice presidential candidate in 1996 and ran unsuccessfully for a South Carolina congressional seat in 1992. Cohen built a successful business designing web pages for small businesses.
They oppose a government health care system but say they will reduce costs by cutting restrictions at the Food and Drug Administration, make more drugs available over the counter and put “Americans in charge of their own health dollars.” They would turn the United States into “one giant neutral Switzerland,” make it easier to replace coal and oil-fired power plants with new nuclear plants, cut taxes and shrink government.
Washington has some parties with similar names but different candidates. Because Idaho only recognizes certain minor parties, it has some candidates running as independents who are leading the tickets of minor parties on other state’s ballots.
Other candidates in Washington
Howie Hawkins, a retired construction worker and former Green candidate for New York governor, is the presidential candidate. He shares the ticket with Angela Walker, a legislative director for a Wisconsin transit union and Socialist Party USA candidate for vice president in 2016.
They would push for comprehensive testing, tracing and quarantine programs for COVID-19; more citizen control of police leadership, budgets and oversight; and massive federal investment in jobs, housing and schools to overcome generations of “segregation, discrimination and exploitation.”
Socialism and Liberation Party
Gloria La Riva, vice president of the Pacific Media Guild and two-time candidate for California governor, is repeating her 2016 bid for president. Sunil Freeman, an anti-war activist, author and first-time candidate is the vice presidential candidate.
Their program includes making income, health care, education and affordable housing constitutional rights while shutting down U.S. military bases around the world and instituting a $20 an hour minimum wage. They would also nationalize banks and corporations.
Socialist Workers Party
Alyson Kennedy, a Walmart worker and former coal miner is repeating her 2016 bid for president. Malcolm Jarrett, a catering company cook who has been active in labor protests and previously ran for Pittsburgh City Council, is the vice presidential candidate.
They support a federal public works program to pull the country out of the COVID-19 recession with union-scale wages to build hospitals, housing, schools, day care centers and crumbling infrastructure. They also want amnesty for all undocumented workers in the country.
Other candidates in Idaho
Don Blankenship, a retired coal company CEO and 2018 candidate for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, is the presidential candidate. William Mohr, a self-employed businessman and former truck driver who is the party’s Michigan state chairman, is the vice presidential candidate.
They oppose U.S. involvement in any world government, would terminate participation in the United Nations and make it leave American soil, and have U.S. troops serve only under U.S. commanders. They support the states taking back control of education, natural resources, transportation, housing and health care and anything else not specifically listed in the Constitution.
Rocky De La Fuente, a successful California auto dealer who ran for president in 2016 on different tickets, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in multiple states in 2018, was briefly in the GOP primary now has the support of several minor parties, is running as an independent in Idaho. Darcy Richardson, an author and historian who ran unsuccessfully for Florida governor and twice previously for president, is his running mate.
They are running on the Alliance Party platform that includes universal health care, revisions to the immigration system that gives undocumented residents a path to citizenship, combating climate change and fixing Social Security by raising the retirement age and the contributions cap.
Brock Pierce, a former child actor and tech entrepreneur, is a first-time candidate running for president. Karla Ballard, CEO of a web platform that allows people to exchange various skills or services and another first time candidate, is running for vice president
In other states they head the new Independence Party, which its website says opposes the two-party system, “does not take positions on divisive social issues” and supports ethical leaders “who pledge to actively root out waste, fraud and mismanagement.”
Kanye West, billionaire rapper and record producer, has mounted an on-and-off campaign for president of the Birthday Party, shows up on California’s ballot as Rocky de La Fuentes’ vice president and recently talked about running in 2024. Michelle Tidball, a self-described biblical life coach, is his vice presidential candidate on the Idaho ballot.
West’s campaign website is a series of general statements like restoring faith in the Constitution and a sound national economy, restructure education and maintain a strong defense, each backed with a biblical quote.
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