Well, the Inauguration has happened, so the long election of 2016 is now officially over. Time to start looking ahead to 2020! A handful of candidates have already at least sort of declared their intention to make a run for the White House in four years’ time.
He didn’t waste any time: On the day after the 2016 presidential election, Fellure, a retired engineer from West Virginia, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission declaring his candidacy for 2020. He’s ran for high office before; in 2012, he was the nominee of the small Prohibition Party, which aims to ban alcoholic beverages.
Rocky De la Fuente
The former car dealer and owner of a chain of currency exchange offices has run for office quite a few times. In 2016, he ran for the Democratic nomination for president but failed to secure any delegates or primary victories. He concurrently ran an unsuccessful campaign to be a senator from Florida (he came in fourth in the primary). But De La Fuente managed to get the presidential nomination for the Reform Party, and amassed 33,000 votes nationwide—eighth place overall.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s been an off-and-on presence on newsmagazine shows for more than 20 years. Fieger is a Michigan-based attorney whose most famous client was assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian. He parlayed that into work as a legal commentator for news shows on MSNBC and NBC. In the political sphere, Fieger ran unsuccessfully to be the governor of Michigan in 1998. In January 2017, Fieger started running 2020 campaign ads in his home state.
Johnson has already made the difficult jump from one career to another—the former professional wrestler known as The Rock is now one of the biggest movie stars and legitimate actors in Hollywood. While promoting the Disney movie Moana in 2016, he told Vanity Fair that he “wouldn’t rule” out a move into politics. (Or a bigger move into politics: He was a featured speaker at the 2000 Republican National Convention.) “It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”
He’s almost as known for making bold pronouncements as he is for his hugely successful rap career, so we’re still not sure if he’s being serious or not. But at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West announced during his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award that he planned to run for president. “It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth,” West told the crowd and millions of TV viewers. “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”