Joe Schriner

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Joe Schriner (born March 3, 1955) is an American politician and journalist. Joe Schriner has run for U.S. president in four successive election cycles Campaign 2000 through Campaign 2012.[1] And he has recently declared his candidacy for president in Campaign 2016.[2] He has primarily run as an independent, but he also ran as a Republican presidential candidate in the early part of Campaign 2000,[3] and later he unsuccessfully vied for the Green Party presidential candidate nomination for a brief time during Campaign 2008.[4]

Schriner and his family estimate they have logged more than 85,000 campaign miles to date.[5] Schriner has spent the past two decades doing extensive cross country research for an expansive set of position papers that are displayed on his official website.[6] He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets over the years (see references and articles below) and he has, for instance, spoken at such venues as: the University of Notre Dame; Xavier University; the University of Dayton; Barry College; Heidelberg College; La Grange College; Bluffton University; Southern State Community College.[7]

Schriner has beenregularly billed as "average Joe" in the media.[8] He is also sometimes referred to as "Joe the Painter."[9] He is currentlyself-employed as a house painter.[10] He also does free-lance writing for his hometown newspaper, the Bluffton News.[11] http://www.blufftonnews.com/node?page=1 He has a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.[12]

He is the author of the books: Back Road to the White House;[13] Back Road to the White House 2;[14] It’s (Joe) Time! (A can’t miss common sense plan for America);[15] America’s Best Town;[16] America’s Best Town 2;[17] America’s Best Urban Neighborhood;[18] Joe’s Guaranteed… End Global Warming Formula.[19]

Schriner and his family (wife, Liz and three children) live on Main Street in Bluffton, Ohio (pop. 3,875).[20]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Joe Schriner was born March 3, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio.[21] In 1973 he graduated from Bay Village High School, where he was the starting quarterback on the junior varsity football team.[22]

Schriner spent his freshman year at Bluffton College in Ohio. After taking a year off from school to work, he transferred to Bowling Green State University, also in Ohio. He majored in journalism, wrote for the college newspaper and did an internship as a reporter on Ohio’s Troy Daily News.[23] Schriner graduated in 1978 with a 3.2 accumulative grade point average.[24]

Early Career Chronology[edit]

Schriner began his career as a journalist after college at the Sandusky Register newspaper, also in Ohio. He was assigned as a bureau reporter to cover Huron, Ohio (pop. 7,000). He covered all aspects of the town, writing about town government, school issues, human interest features. He worked on this newspaper for approximately two years.[25]

Schriner then became a reporter for a new news magazine in Lorain, Ohio called The Metropolitan. However the publication folded after about eight months.[26]

At this point (1983), Schriner started work at a halfway house in Lorain as a drug and alcoholism counselor. The halfway house was a 90-day treatment program run under the auspices of the Lorain County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LCCADA). During the next two years, Schriner pursued seminar studies to become a certified drug and alcoholism counselor.[27] After receiving this certification, he became an outpatient counselor (also with LCCADA), doing both individual and group counseling. Schriner eventually developed one of the first outpatient treatment models in the Midwest for "Adult Children of Alcoholics."[28] He eventually went into private practice in Cleveland, specializing in drug addiction, alcoholism and addictive family system dynamics in the late 1980s.

Beginnings of his Cross Country Research[edit]

In 1990, Schriner phased out his private counseling practice and took to the roads of America to begin extensive cross country research that would eventually lead to him running for president. He traveled some 100,000 miles from 1990 to 1998 interviewing people about a wide variety of issues. Information from these interviews would then be plugged into extensive position papers.[29]

During this time, he also became a "lay Catholic speaker" talking in numerous churches throughout the country about such topics as: abortion; euthanasia; the poor; environmental stewardship.[30] (He believes in what is referred to as a Consistent Life Ethic and a good deal of his political platform revolves around the precepts of Catholic Social Teaching.)[31][32]

Schriner met his wife, Liz, on the road in Homer, Alaska. She is from New Zealand originally. They have now been married 22 years and have three children: Sarah, 19, Joseph, 18 and Jonathan, 12.[33][34]

Running for President of the United States of America[edit]

Schriner declared to run for U.S. President the first time with a speech at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA, on April 30, 1999.[35] He initially declared as a Republican candidate, but then switched to independent after George W. Bush won the Republican Primaries.[36] During that campaign, Schriner and his family were on the road 19 continuous months and traveled 20,000 campaign miles.[37] The family did a number of what they referred to as Americana Tour Routes: Old Route 66; the Old National Pike; the Lewis & Clark Trail, to name a few.[37] For this campaign, they also did a 2,000-mile Back-to-Basics Tour through the Midwest on bicycles.[38] His travels for this particular campaign are chronicled in the book: Back Road to the White House.[39]

Schriner ran again in Campaign 2004,[40] with he and his family this time logging some 40,000 campaign miles.[41] They, again, did tours with Americana themes: the Country Music Highway; the "Black Belt Region" Tour; a "Coast-to-Coast" Tour. In addition, the Schriners campaigned heavily in Ohio this election, including a 1,300-mile Buckeye Trail Tour.[42] A hallmark of the campaign is doing regular, and impromptu, "back road stumping" on small town street corners, in diners and in village parks.[43] In addition, during this time he talked at the University of Dayton, the University of Toledo, and Greenville College.[44]

During Campaigns 2008 and 2012, it was more of the same for the Schriners.[45] They traveled accumulatively with these two elections some 50,000 miles.[45] Besides the small town stumping, during this time Schriner also talked at Holy Cross College, the University of Notre Dame, La Grange College.[46] The family also did an extended "Immigration Border Tour" looking at Hispanic Immigration issues, as they traveled the San Joaquin Valley looking at farm worker issues.[47] During part of these campaigns, the Schriners also moved to a hardscrabble area of Cleveland, Ohio (just west of the inner city), to do outreach work with the Catholic Workers there.[48] In between campaign tours, the Schriners lived in Cleveland five years. Schriner wrote the book America’s Best Urban Neighborhood about the family’s experiences in Cleveland.[49] After the Cleveland experience, the Schriners moved back to Bluffton in 2011. Schriner has also written two books about Bluffton: America’s Best Town;[50] and, America’s Best Town 2.[51] He writes that Bluffton has the "best quality of life" when it comes to such things as: town camaraderie, civic activism; outreach to the poor, environmental stewardship; downtown vibrancy. These are all qualities, he also writes, that he emphasizes in his political platform.[52]

2016 Presidential Campaign[edit]

True to the grassroots nature of Schriner’s campaign, he initially put up a campaign flier on a general store bulletin board in Beaverdam, Ohio in October 2014. To run for president, all a candidate has to do is declare "publicly" that they are running. Schriner has subsequently put a "Declaration" podcast on the home page of his official campaign website.[53] This marks his fifth consecutive run for president.[54]

Schriner, a journalist, has traveled the country extensively interviewing a wide variety of people for a comprehensive series of lengthy position papers on many topics of the day.[52] The lynchpin of his campaign revolves around a "Consistent Life Ethic" that sets him against: abortion, euthanasia, poverty, global warming, nuclear proliferation, violence on the streets and anything else that can end life prematurely.[55] Schriner was one of the featured speakers at the Consistent Life 25th Anniversary Conference in Chevy Chase, Maryland, March 9 through 11, 2012.[56] Schriner has also repeatedly said that he and his wife Liz are running as "concerned parents" from the Midwest.[57]

Further Reading: Articles About Joe Schriner[edit]

What Drives the Perennial Candidates? (NPR online) -- Campaign 2012

Average Joe Schriner visits T’ville (WALB News 10 online) -- Campaign 2012

Average Joe Tours State: Ohio resident makes 4th bid for presidency (Amarillo Globe News) – Campaign 2012

Not Your Average Joe (The Post-Journal) -- Campaign 2012

Presidential Candidate Average Joe Schriner Visits Rome (Rome News-Tribune) – Campaign 2012

A Catholic President? (University of Notre Dame Joe talk video: 1/27/10) -- Campaign 2012

Presidential Candidate Makes Stop in Plainview (MYPlainview.com) -- Campaign 2012

Not your average Joe? Maybe I’ll vote for Joe Schriner (Catholic Online) --Campaign 2008

Average Joe’ runs for president (NPTelegraph.com) -- Campaign 2008

Schriner comes to Wooster Campaigning for White House -- Campaign 2008

Average Joe for president (New West) – Campaign 2008

Average Joe for prez (Pike County News Watchman) -- Campaign 2008

Buckeye Ballot Also Includes Lesser Known Names (The Athens Messenger) --Campaign 2008

Average Joe Brings Campaign to Conneaut (Star Beacon) – Campaign 2008

Presidential Candidate Visits Tifton (The Tifton Gazette) – Campaign 2008

Average Joe’returns to area, (The Herald Star), April 24, 2008

He’s not your average Joe. Ohio resident Joe Schriner runs for president -- Campaign 2004

An average Joe Comes to Wilcox (Wilcox Range News) -- Campaign 2004

Average Joe Makes White House Bid (Cadillacnews.com) – Campaign 2004

Not Your Average Joe Presidential Candidate Stresses Common Sense Platform (The Daily Jeffersonian) -- Campaign 2004

A van, a message and a mission (Christian Science Monitor) -- Campaign 2000

Average Joe rides for president (Ludington News) – Campaign 2000

Independent Presidential Candidate Supports Radical Change (The Digital Universe / Brigham Young University) -- Campaign 2000

Average Joe Hits the Campaign Trail (Road to the White House is Tough without the Millions) -- (Savannah Morning News) --Campaign 2000

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In the 2008 presidential campaign it was Joe the Plumber. In 2012 it’s going to be Joe the Painter. (Star Beacon newspaper)". Starbeacon. January 14, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Schriner 2016 declaration speech podcast". www.voteforjoe.com. September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "A van, a message, and a mission (Christian Science Monitor)". www.csmonitor.com. February 8, 2000. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Green Party Presidential Candidate Forum talk, Reading, PA.". Green Party Presidential Candidate Forum talk. July 13, 2007. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ (August 14, 2009) "Not Your ‘Average Joe’" The Post-Journal.
  6. ^ "Joe’s positions (official website)". Joe’s positions (official website). September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "College Talks (Official Website)". www.voteforjoe.com. September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ ""Average Joe" Runs for President (NPTelegraphic.com)". May 25, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Joe the painter running for president (La Grange News)". March 5, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Making a Living (Official Vote for Joe Website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bluffton News (pen name: "Average Joe") multiple stories". September 17, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ "University alumnus runs for United States President (BG News)". September 23, 2003. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Back Road to the White House (Llumina Press)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Back Road to the White House 2 (e-book on official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ "It’s (Joe) Time! (A can’t miss common sense plan for America) (e-book on official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "America’s Best Town (Llumina Press)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  17. ^ "America’s Best Town 2 (Llumina Press)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  18. ^ "America’s Best Urban Neighborhood (e-book on official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Joe’s guaranteed… End Global Warming Formula, (e-booklet on official campaign website.)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Family page (official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Slider on Joseph Charles Schriner". 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Joe the Quarterback (official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Troy Daily News article, 1977 (official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ "University Alumnus runs for United States President (BG News)". September 23, 2003. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Sandusky Register (Huron Bureau) article, 1978 (official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The Metropolitan News (Toni Morrison article), 1982 (official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Lorain County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse newsletter article, addendum note, 1985 (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Lorain County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse newsletter article, 1985 (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Cross Country Travels audio and text (on official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Joe as a Lay Catholic Speaker (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Catholic Online, Editorial: Not your Average Joe. Maybe I Will Vote for Joe Schriner?". July 10, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Article reprints: Agua Viva newspaper, Las Cruces, New Mexico Catholic Diocese, and the Universe Bulletin article, Cleveland Ohio Catholic Diocese (on official campaign website), articles appeared during Campaign 2004". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  33. ^ "About Family (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Not Your Average Joe, (The Post Journal)". August 14, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  35. ^ "USAToday.com, Campaign 2000 candidate Party listings". 2000. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Independent Presidential Candidate Supports Radical Change (The Digital Universe / Brigham Young University)". October 12, 2000. 
  37. ^ a b "Campaign Tours 2000 (official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Average Joe rides for president, (The Luddington News)". July 19, 2000. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Back Road to the White House (Llumina Press)". Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Average Joe makes White House Bid, (Cadillac News)". June 16, 2003. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  41. ^ "Tours of 2004 (official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  42. ^ "Joe’s Campaign Tour Overview (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Stumping (on official website)". September 12, 2015. 
  44. ^ "College Talks (on official website)". September 20, 2015. 
  45. ^ a b "Tour Maps (official website)". September 12, 2015. 
  46. ^ "University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns Talk Archive, this talk on: January 27, 2010". January 27, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  47. ^ "Joe Tour Maps, 2006, Farm Workers Tour and Immigration Border Tour (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  48. ^ "Joe the Volunteer (on official campaign website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  49. ^ "America’s Best Urban Neighborhood". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  50. ^ "America’s Best Town (Llumina Press)". Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  51. ^ "America’s Best Town 2 (Llumina Press)". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  52. ^ a b "Joe's Positions (official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  53. ^ "2016 Declaration Speech by Joe Schriner". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  54. ^ "Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates at NPR.org". September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  55. ^ "Life Issues (official website)". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  56. ^ "Consistent Life 25th Anniversary syllabus, Chevy Chase, Maryland, March 9-11 2012" (PDF). March 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  57. ^ "Presidential Candidate Makes Stop in Plainview (MYPlainview.com)". May 29, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 

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