Adapted from the original post at IPR
According to Rick Knox, national chairman of the Prohibition Party, Bill Bayes, the Prohibition Party’s 2016 vice presidential nominee, will seek the 2020 presidential nominations of both the Prohibition and Constitution parties.
Bayes, 66, lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he owns a manufacturing business. He is a former teacher and band director. His role as the running mate of 2016 Prohibition Party presidential nominee Jim Hedges, marked his first run for public office. The Hedges-Bayes ticket received 5,617 votes, the most for the party since 1988.
Earlier this month, Bayes again ran for office, standing in the Republican primary for city council in Hattiesburg. In a three man race, he finished third with 41 votes or 4 percent of the total. You can watch him participate in a debate for the race here.
Bayes considers himself politically conservative. In an interview last year with Mississippi Today, he expressed pro-Confederate positions, strong support for States’ rights, and endorsed the controversial HB 1523.
He links his decision to join the Prohibition Party with the Republican’s 2008 presidential nomination of Senator John McCain, whom Bayes describes as a “liberal democrat.” Ronald Reagan is the last presidential candidate Bayes says he “really” voted for.
Bayes’ conservative views put him at odds with Hedges, who expressed progressive positions during his 2012 and 2016 presidential runs.
According to IPR commenter Jonathan Makeley, who follows Prohibition Party politics, Hedges believes he is personally “too old” to run again as the party’s nominee. However, as Makeley notes, Hedges did not initially run for the 2016 nomination. He entered the race when Maryland Election Board member Greg Seltzer, the party’s then-chairman, exited the race, as covered here.
Additionally, at IPR, I wondered whether Bayes’ image above is an allusion to a particular image of the party’s 2004 and 2008 presidential nominee, the late Gene Amondson. Commenter NewFederalist responded that it might be an allusion since “It was Amondson who brought down the [Earl] Dodge machine and opened up the [Prohibition] party for potential future growth.”
Coming off its historic 2016 electoral growth, the Prohibition Party will hold a National Conference June 13-15 in Blairsville, Georgia.