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September 18, 2012

Candidates for president coming out of woodwork

Somerset —  

A lot of folks want to be president of the United States, and candidates for the White House are coming out of the woodwork.
In addition to the oft-mentioned Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, there are six other presidential hopefuls including three minor party candidates and, at the moment, three write-in candidates.
Minor party candidates whose names will be on the ballot with Democrat Obama and Republican Romney are:
• Jill Stein, a physician in Lexington, Mass. who ran against Romney for governor in Massachusetts a decade ago, is the Green Party candidate. Her running mate for vice president is Chen Honkala, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Randall A. Terry, Purgitsville, West, Va., an anti-legal abortion activist, has filed as an independent candidate. Terry is also a candidate in Florida for the U.S. House of Representative. His running mate is Missy Reilly Smith of Washington, D.C.
• Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, is the Libertarian nominee. His running mate is James P. Gray, Newport Beach, California.
Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates was September 7.
 Deadline for declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate is 4 p.m. October 26. Currently there are three write-in candidates for president:
 • Dr. Louis Todd House, an anesthesiologist with Dupont Surgical Center in St. Matthews (Kentucky).  His wife, Suzanne Dungeon House, would serve as vice president.
• Barbara Ann Prokopich, a resident of Elk, Washington, is a small woman just over 5 feet tall. She likes to be called “Grandma Barb.” Her running mate is Allen R. Farnham, resident of Chattaroy, Washington. Both Elk and Chattaroy are unincorporated suburbs of Spokane.
• Richard Duncan, Aurora, Ohio, is a Realtor and frequent candidate for office. He ran for vice president in 2004, for president in 2008 and U.S. Senator from Ohio in 2006. Ricky Johnson, Sharon, Pa., is his current running mate for vice president.

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