Third Party Candidates and Primary Hopefuls
Martin J. O'Malley, a Democrat, served as the Mayor of the City of Baltimore from 1999-2007. He was elected Governor of Maryland in the 2006 gubernatorial election, took office in 2007, and re-elected to that position in 2010. In May 2015 O'Malley announced his candidacy at an event in Baltimore for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. The two "O'M" buttons depicted here were distributed at that event. O'Malley suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016.
Benjamin "Ben" Carson, Sr. is a retired neurosurgeon and former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. The "Run Ben Run" (which is the name of a Super PAC endorsing Carson) button, as well as the "Ben" button, were both distributed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in National Harbor, Maryland, March 6-8, 2014, as well as the following year's CPAC held on February 26-28, 2015. It was issued by the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a SuperPAC and self-described "patriot organization" which has as its goal the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson for President in the 2016 election. In the words of the committee, "He will win! - He will heal! - He will lead!" More on Ben Carson is located elsewhere on this website. Ben Carson officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on May 4, 2015.
Randal "Rand" Paul, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky in 2010, and has served as a Senator since January 2011. Rand Paul is the son of former Texas U.S. Representative and presidential candidate Ron Paul, who is highlighted elsewhere in this section. Randal Paul is a supporter of term limits, a balanced budget, and the Tea Party. The "I Stand With Rand" button depicted here was distributed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in National Harbor, Maryland, February 26-28, 2015. Rand Paul officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in April 2015. The white "Rand" button is an official button issued by the Rand Paul for President Committee.
Rafael "Ted" Cruz, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas in 2012 and took office in 2013. Cruz identifies strongly with the Tea Party movement and strongly supports the Second Amendment and the constitutionality of the words "under God" as they appear in the Pledge of Allegiance. The "Cruz Crew" button depicted here was distributed by supporters of Ted Cruz at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in National Harbor, Maryland, February 26-28, 2015. Momentum for a Cruz run for the Presidency in 2016 filtered through both the 2014 and 2015 CPAC events. CPAC is sponsored by the American Conservative Union (ACU). Ted Cruz formally announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in March 2015 during remarks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, an Independent who in the past has described himself as a "Democratic Socialist," was elected to the United States Senate from Vermont in 2006. Previous to that he served sixteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives and prior to that, was elected in 1981 to the first of four terms as the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders has been an "independent" since 1979, and as such is not officially aligned with any political party. On April 30, 2015 Sanders did announce his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. As a candidate his focus is upon the shrinking middle-class, the growing income and wealth gap, climate change and America's deteriorating infrastructure.
Elizabeth Ann Warren, a Democrat, was elected a United States Senator from Massachusetts in 2012. She was previously a Harvard Law School Professor and also served as a Special Adviser for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Although there exists a "Ready for Warren" movement encouraging her run for the 2016 Presidency, it appears at this time no such bid will be made.
George Pataki, a Republican, served in office as Governor of New York from 1995 to 2006. During that period he was re-elected twice, once in 1998 and again in 2002. Prior to that time Pataki served as Mayor of Peekskill from 1981-1984, and was later elected to the New York State Assembly and State Senate. He had considered but eventually decided against running for the office of President of the United States in both 2008 and 2012. In May 2015, he formally announced his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
James "Jim" Gilmore III, a Republican, served as Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. In July 2015 Gilmore became the seventeenth Republican to seek the nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
Additional potential 2016 Presidential candidates and background information appears elsewhere on this website as well.
Buttons issued by official campaign committees or sponsoring organizations are becoming more and more scarce as campaign costs increase and resources need to be expended and directed in the most cost-effective way.
The "O'M" buttons were provided to this website by Robin Summerfield in who was in attendance at the Martin O'Malley rally in Baltimore where he announced his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
As of May 5, 2016 all the Republican candidates, except for Donald Trump, had dropped out or suspended their campaigns.
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