Guide to the Presidential Candidates


Kate Wasson, Editor-at-Large

In the political atmosphere, it can be easy to be influenced and pressured by parents, peers or the media. If you are able to vote, it is important to make sure that the person that you are voting for in this election is the person who best represents you, not your parents or peers.

The best way to do this is by simply evaluating yourself and how you feel on social, economic, domestic and environmental issues. The website is a great way to scale how you feel on these issues. 

Here are a few candidates and their party platforms:

Donald Trump, Republican Nominee:
Donald Trump, a millionaire and business owner, is the nominee for the Republican party. He believes that gun owners have a right to own a gun (through the Second Amendment), that abortions should be illegal, that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and that Muslims and Mexican immigrants should be banned and deported from the United States. Trump’s running mate is Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. For more information about this candidate, visit

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Nominee:
Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, is the Democratic nominee. She believes in strong gun control, universal health care, women’s rights, and increasing minimum wage. Clinton’s running mate is Former Virginia Governor, Tim Kaine. For more information on this candidate, visit: https:/

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Nominee:
The Libertarian Party is a branch of the right-wing. Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and former Republican, is the Libertarian candidate. He believes in immigration, ‘not  a wall or amnesty,’ believes in stop and frisk policies, and riding of government subsidies. Johnson’s running mate is Former Massachusetts Governor, Bill Weld. For more information, visit