MARION -- An Arizona man with Marion roots is running for president with a new political party he created.
Dennis Andrew Ball, of Surprise, Arizona, created the American Party of America in 1995 as a result of what he called the bad behavior and economic policy of the Clinton administration.
Ball was at Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion on Tuesday to speak with people about his political party and the American National Committee.
“I am running for president of the United States and today I have been privileged by reasons, I do not understand, to be here today and do this,” Ball said. “The American Party of America is here to protect, preserve and defend the traditional family structure. We believe that is the right model.”
Ball has written two books: “The Ball Doctrine! Creating Peace & Prosperity In Every Nation!” and his flagship book, “America 2000: Foundation for Generations!”
He said he ran for president in 2012, but only as a write-in candidate because he couldn’t get enough signatures. This time, he has a plan to get on the presidential ballot.
“I got about 50,000 votes around the country, but of course, you need millions to get elected,” Ball said. “We will have to get at least 25,000 signatures in 2016 in a 90-day window to get on the ballot. The campaign for America is producing volunteers in Illinois and throughout every state in the union to make that happen.”
Ball said he will be prepared for the Republican and Democratic parties to challenge every signature.
Forrest Nelson, a volunteer for the American Party, said he is not worried about the other parties challenging the signatures.
“They can challenge all they want,” Nelson said. “We are going to vote them out of office anyways.”
Ball said he will need to raise a large amount of money to accomplish some of the things he would like to do as president.
“I need to raise about $1 billion dollars because I want offices all over the country,” he said. “I want kids learning the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
“Also, kids need to learn the right history, good values, citizenship and about the means to support the ends.”
Ball said the means to support the ends is the solution to America’s economic problems.
“It means we will be able to have businesses come into the United States through a reform of the tax code by showing them they are not going to get hit hard and by lowering taxes,” he said. “We need to get control of government and our economy. We are going to do that by creating the means to support the ends.”
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