BLUFFTON — Bluffton resident Joe Schriner is no stranger to running for political office, as he has run for president every election cycle since 2000. The fact that he has yet to win has not deterred “Joe the Painter,” who is once again asking American voters to put an “average Joe” in the White House.
Schriner and his running mate, North Hills, California, resident Joe Moreaux, have been certified by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to be write-in, independent presidential and vice-presidential candidates on the state ballot, giving Schriner the chance to add to his already extensive campaign experience.
“I have traveled 250,000 miles over 26 years doing research for our position papers,” Schriner said. “I’m a former journalist, and I spent a lot of time on the road looking for people who had come up with solid answers to every issue of the day. So this is a serious attempt by an average citizen to run for president.”
Running as a “concerned parent,” Schriner said he believes that the state of the nation is not good for future generations and that common sense is what the nation needs from the White House. The positions that Schriner has adopted through the years span both traditionally liberal and conservative ideologies.
“We believe climate change is real,” he said. “Do we want our kids inheriting a world of climate chaos? We’re pro-life, as well, which shows that we don’t really fit into one political catagory.”
Schriner’s campaign website, http://voteforjoe.com, offers a list of Schriner’s policy positions, ranging from gun control to energy to education. When it comes to the economy, Schriner said he believes in a local production, local consumption focus.
“We would like to see Wall Street speculation give way to a more Main Street economy,” he said. “In Bluffton, there’s a vibrant Main Street economy with a lot of stores, which is in contrast to a lot of other communities, where businesses have died to give way to Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and the big-box stores.”
Schriner is “diligently working to get on as many state ballots as possible,” he said, having recently sent in applications to both Minnesota and Montana. While the chances of his winning the election are admittedly slim, these campaigns give him the chance to meet a variety of Americans and broadcasting his vision for making America better.
“If I was just Joe from Bluffton, Ohio, and I sent the paper a press release saying that I have these great ideas about changing the world, what’s the chances you would do a story?” he said. “But if I said that I’m running as a presidential candidate, the chances of a story running increase exponentially. But we are still trying to win.”
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