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The Best 2020 Independent Candidates

List RulesOfficially declared independent candidates only. Vote up the most viable independent presidential candidates for the 2020 election. Vote down those who aren't.

The United States 2020 presidential run started only months after Donald Trump took office, and it is only heating up. Democrats running for president announced their runs as early as July 2017, determined to oust President Trump. Independent candidates for the presidency weren't far behind. Here, you can keep tabs on all the officially-announced independent candidates. Vote up the strongest independent presidential candidates, from former Starbucks SEO Howard Schultz to former co-chair of the Maryland Green Party Ian Schlakman.

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  • Photo: Sage Ross / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
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    Current Position: Anti-war activist and author of Freedom!

    Political Positions: Kokesh was affiliated with the Republican Party until he switched over to the Liberitarian Party in 2013. He is most-known for his role in the Iraq Veterans Against the War movement. The former marine says he is running for the "Not-President of the United States" and aims to run on "the platform of the peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government. He says "when" elected, he will "walk into the White House, and sign one executive order."

    After dissolving the government, he says he will act as the "Custodian of the Federal Government."

    Announcement: Kokesh announced his candidacy on January 16, 2018. 

    Campaign Slogan: "Finally Free America"

    Official Campaign Website

    Is he a strong candidate?
  • Photo: Mike Disharoon / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
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    Current Position: Comedian, best known as the host of The Majority Report podcast.

    Political Positions: Seder said he would run as a Libertarian for the 2020 Presidential campaign. He also quipped that he would be looking into running for Senator in 2022 on the Democrat ticket and as a moderate Republican for Comptroller in Columbia County, NY. 

    Seder is known for his progressive viewpoints by fans. 

    Announcement: Seder announced the launch of an exploratory campaign at a taping of his podcast on January 24, 2019. 

    Is he a strong candidate?
  • Photo: Ian Schlakman For President 2020 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
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    Ian Schlakman

    Current Position: Former Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party; Green Nominee for Maryland Governor in 2018. 

    Political Positions: Schlakman's campaign site reads, "Proudly Socialist & Anti-Imperialist, 100% committed to growing our party." Schlakman believes revolutionary change is necessary to save the planet, saying that "switching from capitalism to eco-socialism will literally save our planet from desctruction."

    Announcement: Schlakman filed with the FEC on December 3, 2018. 

    Official Campaign Site

    Is he a strong candidate?