The last time a president won office representing a party other than the Democrats or Republicans was 147 years ago, when Americans elected National Union Party candidate Andrew Johnson.
While the odds seem insurmountable — maybe on par with the woeful Cleveland Indians winning the World Series in 2013 — these third-party candidates believe they still can win.
The Register compiled information on the oft-neglected presidential candidates who appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:
Running mate: Jim Clymer
Education: bachelor’s degree from University of Richmond
Military: Army National Guard, 1969-75
Political experience: U.S. Representative (Virginia), 1997 to 2009; Virginia State Senate, 1973 to 1997
Political stances: pro-life on abortion; supports Second Amendment and gun rights; audit the Federal Reserve; against providing automatic citizenship to U.S.-born illegals.
Running mate: Cheri Honkala
Education: two degrees from Harvard College
Author: wrote two highly renowned environmental papers promoting green local economies, sustainable agriculture and freedom from toxic threats.
Political experience: Unsuccessful runs to become Massachusetts governor in 2002, state representative in 2004 and secretary of state in 2006.
Political stances: provide complete, affordable, quality health care to every American through an improved Medicare-for-all insurance program; reduce the budget deficit by restoring full employment; break up the oversized banks “too big to fail,” starting with Bank of America; provide tuition-free education from kindergarten through college, eliminating the student debt crisis.
Running mate: Ricky Johnson
Education: master’s degree from Kent State University
Represents: The American Planning Association
Political experience: write-in candidate for U.S. president in 2004. The only office he has been elected to was in 1971, when he became vice president of his freshman class at Mount Union College
Political stances: support military against terrorism, but the cost of lives and tax collars must be curtailed drastically; create new jobs and retain the present-day workforce; commence an aggressive industrial or business development program; improve intra-city public transportation systems, with links between cities, much like the high-speed rail system found in Europe.
Running mate: James Gray
Education: bachelor’s degree from University of New Mexico
Business: started a door-to-door handyman business to pay his way through college, then later founded Big J Enterprises, one of New Mexico’s largest construction companies.
Experience: New Mexico governor, 1995 to 2003
Political stances: end excessive spending, bloated stimulus programs, farm subsidies and earmarks; reassess the role of the federal government and identify responsibilities that can be met more efficiently by the private sector; repeal the Patriot Act, which would require federal investigators to prove probable cause prior to executing a search; limit the Transportation Security Administration to perform invasive pat-downs and full-body scans only on high-risk individuals.
Running mate: Alejandro “Alex” Mendoza
Education: Attended California State University at Dominguez Hills
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1970-76
Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for spot as California’s lieutenant governor
Political stances: invest $100 billion in development, manufacturing and sale of electric vehicles, invest another $500 billion in mass transit across the nation; extend unemployment benefits to all those not working; cut armed forces by 50 percent; provide equal rights to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender.