Cedar Rapids man running to be vice president
Candidates beyond major parties file to be on Iowa ballot
James Q. Lynch
CEDAR RAPIDS – A handful of presidential hopefuls filed paperwork Friday to be on the Iowa ballot, joining major-party candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
A petition from Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, was submitted and received Friday by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, a spokesman said.
Evan McMullin, who was a senior adviser to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and later chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, also filed his petition to be on the ballot. Secretary of State staff were reviewing the paperwork to see whether he met the ballot requirements, including obtaining 1,500 signatures of voters in at least 10 counties. His supporters were canvassing at the Iowa State Fair for signatures earlier in the week.
Also filing Friday was the New Independent Party ticket that incudes vice presidential candidate Jay Stolba of Cedar Rapids. Stolba, 60, the semi-retired owner of Iowa Discount Shippers, is running with Lynn Kahn, who has more than 30 years of experience in government.
“She has realistic policies to redirect spending to get better results,” Stolba said about Kahn, a psychologist who worked with Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government initiative.
Stolba acknowledged the long-shot nature of a third-party presidential bid, but said that he and Kahn are convinced it’s necessary to get more people and parties involved in the political process.
This year’s race shows the process is breaking down, he said.
“There’s so much hate between the parties. That’s not the way it’s supposed to be,” Stolba said.
“It get more frustrating every time,” he said, “so we’re looking for a better way. There’s so much contempt and malice that the process will never get better and will never get anything accomplished.”
The deadline for filing was 5 p.m. Friday. Secretary of State spokesman Kevin Hall said candidates from another nonparty political organizations — Legal Marijuana Now — had submitted paperwork. It still was being reviewed.
In addition to Clinton and Trump, unaffiliated candidate Rocky Rocque De La Fuente and Green Party nominee Jill Stein already had submitted paperwork.
The GOP and Democratic parties do not have to submit petitions because they have ballot status based on having won at least 2 percent of the vote in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election.
Challenges to the petitions may be filed until Aug. 26.
Find the complete list of candidates for state and federal office at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2016/general/generalcandidatelist2016.pdf.