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Jack Fellure
Jack Fellure.jpg
Fellure in June 2011
Personal details
Lowell Jackson Fellure

(1931-10-03) October 3, 1931 (age 90)
Midkiff, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(before 2011, 2012–present) Prohibition
OccupationPerennial candidate
Retired engineer
Known forProhibition Party presidential nominee, 2012

Lowell Jackson Fellure (born October 3, 1931) is an American perennial political candidate and retired engineer. He was the presidential nominee of the Prohibition Party for the 2012 presidential election.

Early life and career

Fellure was born in Midkiff, West Virginia, in 1931, to Ellis Elwin and Bessie Jean Fellure.[1][2] He attended grade school in nearby Salt Rock, graduating from Barboursville High School in 1949. Fellure then enrolled at Marshall College (now Marshall University), and upon graduation became a teacher.[3]

In his professional life, Fellure worked a variety of jobs, culminating in a position as a field engineer for General Electric, from which he retired in 1991. He has also served as a minister to a wide range of churches.[1]


Fellure has formally campaigned for President of the United States in every presidential election since 1988 as a member of the Republican Party.[4] He asserts on his campaign web site that his platform based on the King James Version of the Bible has never changed.[5] As a candidate, he has called for the elimination of the liquor industry, abortion, and pornography, and advocates prayer in public schools[6] and criminalization of homosexuality.[4] He has blamed the ills of society on those he has characterized as "atheists, Marxists, liberals, queers, liars, draft dodgers, flag burners, dope addicts, sex perverts and anti-Christians."[7]

In 1992, Fellure filed to run in the New Hampshire, West Virginia and Kansas Republican primaries. By November 1991, he had spent $40,000 of his own money on the campaign, and he sent a King James Bible to the Federal Election Commission as a copy of his platform.[8] Regarding the 1611 English version of the Bible, he said:

God wrote it as the supreme document and final authority in the affairs of all men, nations and civilizations, for time and eternity ... It shall never be necessary to change it.[8]

Fellure received 36 votes in the New Hampshire primary and complained that President George H. W. Bush and commentator Pat Buchanan were receiving all the media attention.[9]

During the 1996 presidential election while running for the Republican Party presidential nomination, he criticized former President George H. W. Bush as a man "responsible for inestimable damage toward the destruction of this sovereign democratic constitutional republic [who] continued to water the seeds of international, Satanic Marxism to the exclusion of our national sovereignty".[7] He added that President Bill Clinton "merely shifted into overdrive the socialistic, Marxist New World Order agenda."[7] He appeared on the primary ballot in Puerto Rico and received 34 votes (0.01%).[10] In the general election, Fellure received one write-in vote in Idaho.[11]

Fellure again filed to run for president in 2000,[12] but did not appear on any primary ballots. In 2004, he challenged incumbent President George W. Bush for the Republican Party nomination. Fellure was the only candidate to appear alongside Bush in the North Dakota caucus, as he met the Federal Election Commission requirement of $5,000 in receipts. He received 14 of the 2,020 votes cast (about 0.7%),[13] and lost all 26 delegates to Bush.[14]

2012 campaign

After another run in 2008, Fellure initially ran for the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination.[12]

After failing to gain attention for his 2012 presidential campaign as a Republican, Fellure decided to seek the nomination of the Prohibition Party at the party's national convention in Cullman, Alabama.[15] Fellure was nominated for president on the second ballot,[16] beating out former Thompson Township tax assessor and longtime Prohibition Party activist James Hedges of Pennsylvania. Party chairman Toby Davis was named as his running mate.[4] The ticket appeared on the ballot only in Louisiana and received 518 votes on Election Day.[17]

Return to Republican Party

In November 2012, Fellure filed with the FEC to run for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination. He was unsuccessful.[18] In November 2016, Fellure filed to run for the party's 2020 presidential nomination, but failed to make the ballot in any state.[19]

In a 2021 interview, Fellure reflected on his many campaigns, and remarked, "I found that people either readily accept or totally reject the Word of God. There seems to be no middle ground."[3]

Personal life

Fellure resides in Hurricane, West Virginia, with his wife Jean, and is the father of seven children.[2] They attend an Independent Fundamental Baptist church in Hurricane.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Rev. Jack Fellure (Candidate for president, 2012)". Prohibition Party. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Lowell Jackson 'Jack' Fellure - Biography". Project Vote Smart. 1992–2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Skolny, Elizabeth (July 21, 2021). "Hurricane resident reflects on 90 years of life". The Putnam Herald. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Prohibition Party holds convention; nominates Jack Fellure for U.S. President". Wikinews. June 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  5. ^ "Jack Fellure 2012 - The Sword of 1611". Sword of 1611. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  6. ^ Bollier, Sam (January 9, 2012). "The 'other' political parties of the US". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  7. ^ a b c Ivins, Molly (January 6, 1996). "Too Much Government made lives better". Star-News. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  8. ^ a b Pollack, Neal (November 6, 1991). "The Not-so-Front-Runners". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  9. ^ "West Virginia man garners 36 votes in N.H. primary". Williamson Daily News. February 21, 1992. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  10. ^ "Federal Elections 96: Presidential Primary Election Results". FEC. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  11. ^ Bickford, Robert (October 7, 1998). "1996 -- Presidential Votes by State". Ballot Access News. Robert Bickford. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  12. ^ a b "Reports Image Index for Candidate ID: P20000089". Federal Elections Commission. Archived from the original on 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  13. ^ "Bush big winner in North Dakota". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. February 5, 2004. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  14. ^ Winter, Deena (February 3, 2004). "Democrats happy with N.D. turnout". The Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  15. ^ Bullard, Benjamin (June 23, 2011). "Prohibition Party meets in Cullman". The Cullman Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  16. ^ "Prohibition Party Nomines Jack Fellure for President". Ballot Access News. Richard Winger. June 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  17. ^ "Official 2012 Presidential General Election Results" (PDF). FEC. January 17, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 31, 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
  18. ^ "Jack Fellure 2016 FEC Statement of Candidacy" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. November 7, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2015. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  19. ^[bare URL PDF]

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