- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2016

As he ponders an independent run for the White House, former Sen. James Webb of Virginia has retained the services of Sam Jones, the national finance director for the past effort to draft Vice President Joseph R. Biden into the race.

Mr. Webb’s camp said it has given a thorough look at ballot access requirements for independent candidates.

“After weeks of study, including consultations with ballot experts and independent activists around the country, we have a handle on what it takes to give voters in every state a real choice,” said Webb spokesman Craig Crawford. “We are so pleased that Sam Jones is coming on board to help us examine what is now the decisive issue: How to pay for it.”

Mr. Webb’s team also said it has partnered with Aristotle, a political technology company.

Mr. Webb, a former one-term senator and Navy Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, announced his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination last summer but failed to gain much traction in the race.

He announced in October he would no longer pursue the Democratic nomination but left the door open for an independent run.

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• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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