Declared Democratic Candidates   Potential Democratic Candidates

It's an interesting time to be a Democrat in American politics. As recently as 2008, the donkeys had it made: having managed to alienate nearly everyone across the political spectrum, Republican George W Bush was on his way out as one of the least popular presidents in US history and taking with him the GOP dominance in congress and any momentum his party might have hoped to enjoy in the coming presidential race. Republican primaries were notoriously fragmented, with numerous potential nominees meaning that most voters were disappointed with the final choice. And that choice was, in an arguably desperate appeal to American exasperation with the right, the decidedly left-leaning “conservative” Senator John McCain.

The result was the election of the nation's first African-American President, Barack Obama; a man so favored in the race by simple virtue of anti-Republican fervor among the electorate, that there were those accusing him of running on a platform no more substantive than the slogan “hope and change”. Republicans tried to unseat him in 2012 with another Republican of dubious right-wing credentials, Mitt Romney, but Americans just weren't ready to forgive the GOP yet. Despite having proven no superstar of a commander in chief in the eyes of the public, Obama won reelection convincingly.

In the past four years, sentiment towards the president has scarcely warmed: Never in danger of receiving Christmas cards from the right, Obama has disappointed many of those on the left, especially environmentalists whose hoped-for change was an emphasis on green policies that they feel has failed to materialize. Frustration over only modest improvements to the economy, meanwhile, have threatened to turn public sentiment against the Democrats in a manner similar to what was experienced by Republicans in the post-Bush era.

Democrats, however, have strong players on their side of the 2016 presidential race. Hosting, among others, a woman with a serious chance at becoming the first female president just as Obama was the first person of color in that office. The left may lack momentum, but wields candidates with personal popularity. The outcome of the 2016 election is anything but certain, but should the Democrats carry the day, their choice of nominee will be especially pivotal in their victory.

 Declared and Exploratory Democratic Candidates 
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Executive Director – Bonpasse Exoneration Services
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Morrison Bonpasse
A trained legal expert with deep concerns about the American prison system, Bonpasse runs a nonprofit organization that seeks to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. He's also globally-minded, putting humanity first in a way not often seen in prospective American presidents.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Whistle Blower
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Jeff Boss
Fairly mundane liberal politics with a few conservative leanings are couched in a superlatively suspicious mind in Jeff Boss. He believes that the NSA is bugging his phone and trying to poison him in an effort to cover up the truth about 9/11, but Democrats would find little extreme about most of his policy standings.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senior Scientist
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Harry Braun
Deeply concerned about environmental disaster, Harry Braun looks to the construction of arcologies for shelter from the coming chaos. He also worries about bribery and corruption in government, and seeks a Constitutional Convention to pass an amendment giving direct control to the American people.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
BBC's World Historic Figure for Anti-GMO Activism
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andy Caffrey
A strong environmentalist and advocate against genetically modified organisms, Andy Caffrey is the first Democratic candidate to run on a platform of truly green politics. He is an accomplished and passionate man with campaign experience, and has turned his focus to the White House.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Carter
This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator and Governor from Rhode Island
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee has served various roles in politics as Republican, Independent, and Democrat. His policies defy strict labeling, which has made it hard for him to build a camp and may hamper his 2016 presidential campaign bid.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
Others' names have been spoken, but Hillary Rodham Clinton is clearly the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016. As she takes her place in the public spotlight, it appears she's assumed the role, for her party and in history.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Lloyd Kelso
Born to poverty, Kelso is no stranger to hard work. He believes the middle class has been disenfranchised in modern America, and feels it's important to rectify that by lowering or eliminating taxes on the less fortunate. Socially, however, he sojourns to the right on foreign policy and Second Amendment issues.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Martin O'Malley
There’s probably only a handful of serving governors that could rival Gov. O’Malley’s success in Maryland. Aside from overseeing a 40% reduction in crime rate, his successful legislative agenda, most notably recognition for same-sex marriages, bears testament to the fact.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont and Former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Generally regarded as a Democrat, Sanders is in fact the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. Having held office as both Vermont's at-large congressional representative and Mayor of the city of Burlington, he is currently the sitting junior Senator of Vermont.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Doug Shreffler
Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Michael Steinberg
Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.

Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Veteran, author, former Senator from Virginia and bi-partisan lawmaker
Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jim Webb
Jim Webb is a decorated veteran, accomplished author and former Senator who often worked across party lines. Webb worked in the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan, and served as a Democratic Senator after defeating incumbent GOP Senator George Allen of Virginia.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Robby Wells
The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Chicago businessman, philanthropist and recording artist
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Wilson
Willie Wilson is a classic rags-to-riches American success story. The poor Louisiana boy who fled conditions he considered to be virtual slavery and once worked as a janitor for $2 an hour eventually came to own the stores he used to mop. Now, a self-made man, he brings a liberal voice to the presidential race.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Information Manager
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Brad Winslow
Brad Winslow believes the federal government is a business owned by the American people – a business whose managers are insufficiently accountable to their bosses. He reveals few of his policy ideas, but he's passionate about one goal: The “Public House Amendment” to the constitution.

 Potential Democratic Candidates 
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senator from Colorado
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bennet

The former Superintendent of Denver Schools was involved in one of the most intriguing and expensive senatorial elections in American history. The $30 million contest eventually saw Senator Bennet triumphing over tea party favorite, Ken Buck, by a mere 0.9%.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Vice-President of the United States
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Prior to his election as VP, Mr. Biden was already one of the most influential men in Washington, chairing the powerful Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees for a record-breaking three terms each. The ex-Delaware Senator is also the 15th-longest serving Senator in history.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of New York
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo, whose speaking style is at times eerily similar to Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, was once described by Elliot Spitzer as a “tough guy” with “brass knuckles.” While some may take umbrage at the characterization, his supporters may well look at it as a badge of honor.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Vermont and DNC Chairman
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Howard Dean

Gov. Dean rose into national prominence during the summer of 2003 when he ran for the Democratic nomination. He pioneered the burgeoning power of the social media to propel his candidacy - a move that was later replicated and expanded upon by the Obama campaign four years later.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Rahm Emanuel

Rhambo, as Mayor Emanuel is sometimes referred to by his detractors, first gained national prominence while serving as a senior aide in former President Bill Clinton’s campaign. The former Congressman and ballet dancer (really!) was once a civilian volunteer for the Israel army.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Franken

The colorful Senator from Minnesota gained instant national attention in 2010 after making comical faces at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell while he was delivering a speech in the Senate. But the 61-year old is now better known for his strong advocacy of progressive issues.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Florida
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Alan Grayson

The former janitor, security guard, economist, lawyer, lecturer and now, member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 9th district, is one of the most articulate and aggressive liberal in Congress today.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is a two-term Senator from Minnesota, the first woman from the state elected to the Senate. The 52-year old mother-of-one is a former county prosecutor and was partner at two of the largest law firms in Minnesota.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Connecticut
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Dan Malloy

As a child, Gov. Malloy grew up with dyslexia, and learning and physical disabilities. As an adult, he is a renowned champion of the middle class and sound fiscal policies. Not bad at all for someone who still has trouble writing or typing – albeit, one with an elephantine memory.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Delaware
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Jack Markell

After an eleven year stint as State Treasurer, the former corporate high flyer was elected Governor in 2009, and one of his first tasks was handling the state’s $800 million budget deficit. Two years later, Gov. Markell proudly signed a balanced budget for the state.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Missouri
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Claire McCaskill

Senator McCaskill’s fierce reelection battle against Republican Todd Akin is easily one of the most eventful in 2012. The 59-year old currently chairs the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, tasked with examining wartime contracting.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Chris Murphy

After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Rep., the affable Nutmegger made the leap to the Senate after emerging victorious from a bruising election against Linda McMahon. Senator Murphy is a noted champion of liberal causes, particularly for his support of LGBT rights.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Janet Napolitano

Ranked as the world's ninth most powerful woman by Forbes in 2012, the breast cancer survivor issued a record-breaking 115 vetoes during her two terms as Governor of Arizona. Her tenure received wide bipartisan praise, with Times magazine ranking her as one of America's Five Best Governors.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Montana
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Brian Schweitzer

The self-professed redneck is a strong advocate of legal immigration, affordable prescription drugs and national energy dependency. Gov. Schweitzer, who has been described as both folksy and blunt, once famously stamped Republican bills he had vetoed with a red-hot branding iron!

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Virginia
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Mark Warner

Following his term as Governor from 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner was elected to the Senate in 2008 after a crushing victory over Republican Jim Gilmore. Senator Warner currently sits on six Senate Committees and is directly involved in the debt-reduction discussion in the capitol.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Elizabeth Warren

When conservatives speak of the beauty and dignity of Americans achieving greatness from humble beginnings, it is ironic that they are describing – among others – the life story of the very liberal Elizabeth Warren. From humble beginnings as a waitress, she has risen to become Senior Senator of Massachusetts.


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Presidential Election 2016
Pawel Kuczynski
To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 400 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

We profile all official candidates, from all political parties, on a level platform. Some may be nutcases, but most are respectable individuals with legitimate positions on the issues. Any officially registered candidates not included may be fictitious, or have insufficient available information from which to build a profile.

We don’t know if any of these candidates would make a better president than a career politician, just as there's no guarantee that any of the 2016 campaign promises will actually be kept.

Word of mouth and today's web of social networks empower 'We the People' to promote a candidate more effectively than any media conglomerate, and subsequently scrutinize their every detail in thousands of national online platforms.

Take a look at the candidates, visit their websites and if you find them worthy of being given a chance, share their candidacy with friends and family.

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