Beginner’s guide: The presidential campaign so far

With the presidential election coming up next year on November 8, there’s a lot of buzz and speculation about who’s running for office and who’s thinking about doing so.

Already, dozens of people — some familiar to us, others not so much — have formally announced their candidacy. Dozens of Democrats, Republicans and third party members have done so, but only one person from each party may be chosen to run for president.

State primaries will be held February through June, allowing party members in each state to vote for their preferred candidate. However, party nominees are not selected by this vote, but by the party itself. Primary elections merely serve as a guide. In July, each party will announce their selected nominee. Nominees then go on to enter the fierce political competition to win votes from citizens and the electoral college, ending with one individual becoming our next president.

But all of that is still months away. For now, political figures are only just beginning to announce their bid for their party’s nomination. To see who’s planning to run for office in the four main parties, see the lists below!



Skip Andrews

Kerry Bowers

Dr. Ben Carson

Dale Christensen

Chris Christie

Ted Cruz

John Dummett, Jr.

Mark Everson

Carly Fiorina

Lindsey Graham

Chris Hill

Mike Huckabee

Michael Kinlaw

Rand Paul

Michael Petyo

Marco Rubio

Brian Russell



Willie Carter

Michael Steinberg

Andy Caffrey

Morrison Bonpasse

Bernie Sanders

Doug Shreffler

Robby Wells

Hillary Clinton



Paul Chehade

Mark Dutter

Martin Hahn

David Hendrix

David Holcomb

Lynn Sandra Kahn

Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr.

Mark Pendleton

Scott Smith

Tami Stainfield

Samm Tittle



Marc Feldman

Steve Kerbel

Darryl Perry