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Republican: Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Incumbent and 45th President Donald J. Trump was born in Queens, New York, in 1946. He attended Fordham University before transferring to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in economics in 1968. After graduation, Trump joined his family’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son. He took control of the company in 1971 and later renamed it the Trump Organization. He was involved in a variety of real estate and other business ventures in the following years. From 2004 until 2015, Trump hosted and served as executive producer of The Apprentice on NBC.

In 1999, Trump ran as a Reform Party presidential candidate; he withdrew from the race in February 2000. Between 1987 and 2012, he changed his official party affiliation five times, registering most recently as a Republican in April 2012. Trump declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on June 16, 2015, and officially received the nomination of the Republican Party on July 19, 2016. On November 8, 2016, Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.

Trump’s re-election campaign has focused on the economy, jobs, immigration, and foreign policy. He described his platform, which he named America First, during his inaugural address: “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.”

Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

(Source: Ballotpedia.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit website. Click here for more information on the Trump ticket.)

Born in Columbus, Indiana, Mike Pence was elected Governor of Indiana in 2012 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years. He became Donald Trump’s running mate in July 2016. Previously he led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and hosted a syndicated talk radio show focused on Indiana public affairs. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.

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Democrat: Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris

Joe Biden is former Democratic vice president of the United States, having served under President Barack Obama for 2009-2017. .He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. He was born in 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Mayfield, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in history and political science and received his law degree from the Syracuse University Law School. Biden practiced law and worked as a public defender before seeking public office. From 1970 to 1972, he served on the New Castle County Council. He was elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate at the age of 29. Two weeks after the election, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident, which his two sons survived. Later, he married Jill, an educator who holds a doctorate degree, and they had two daughters.

Biden served in the Senate from 1973 to 2009. During his Senate career, he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Foreign Relations for several years.

Source: Ballotpedia.org, a nonpartisan nonproft website. Click here for more information on the Biden ticket.)

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is running mate and the first Black woman to appear on a major party’s ticket in the United States. Born in Oakland, California, she graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and economics in 1986 and earned her law degree from Hastings College in 1989. She joined the office of the Alameda County district attorney, where she worked for eight years as a prosecutor. In 1998, Harris was hired as managing attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit. She transferred to head the Division on Families and Children in 2000. In 2003, Harris was elected San Francisco District Attorney. She won re-election in 2007 and in 2010 won election and re-election as state attorney general. In 2016, she was elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Libertarian: Jo Jorgenson and Jeremy ‘Spike’ Cohen’

Jo Jorgensen is the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, becoming the first woman to lead the party’s presidential ticket. Her running mate is entrepreneur and podcaster Jeremy “Spike” Cohen

Jorgensen was born in Libertyville, Illinois, and graduated from Baylor University and from Southern Methodist University (MBA), then earned her Ph.D. from Clemson University. She worked as a marketing representative for IBM before launching a software sales business in South Carolina in 1983.

Jorgensen framed her campaign as an alternative to Democratic and Republican policies she said created trillion-dollar deficits and led to involvement in expensive and deadly foreign wars. “Big government mandates and programs created these problems. To solve them, we need to make government smaller – much, much smaller,” her campaign website said. She was the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in 1996.

Source: Ballopedia.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit website. For more information about Jo Jorgensen click here.

 

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Independent: Brock Pierce and Karla Ballard

Brock Pierce is a technologist and innovator who created the first major marketplace for virtual goods in online gaming and is a pioneer in Blockchain and digital currency. He has co-founded, advised and funded over 100 companies, including Tether, the most traded cryptocurrency. He grew up in Minneapolis and began his early career as a child actor, making movies like The Mighty Ducks and First Kid. He is a prolific philanthropist whose foundation focuses on individual rights, human rights, civil liberties, the arts, and cutting-edge research in medicine and mental health. He holds two honorary ambassadorships in South Korea and is a regular lecturer at Singularity University.

Karla Ballard Williams is founder and CEO of YING, a peer-to-peer skill-sharing, and global time-sharing platform. She was formerly Senior VP of Participant Media’s TAG division, a social-action agency serving vulnerable communities. She was also Senior VP and lead for The IMPACT Studio and worked at One Economy Corporation. She served as the first female national president of the National Urban League Young Professionals and is co-founder of the first Urban League in the state of Delaware.

(Source: Brock.vote)

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Independent: Kanye West and Michelle Tidball

Also on the ballot are Kanye West and Michelle Tidball – INDEPENDENTS. They appear only on 15 ballots across the country. The kanye2020.country website has no bios or photos about the candidates.