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 linked his decision to join the Prohibition Party with the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nomination of Senator John McCain, whom Bayes described as a “liberal democrat.” Bayes said the only presidential candidate he “really” voted for was Ronald Reagan.