MFS Prepares for 2016 Mock Primary Election

MFS Mock Primary Election/Mock Political Convention Photo Archives 1960-2008

2012 MFS Mock Primary Election Photos

Continuing a 56-year quadrennial tradition, on Thursday, January 14, Moorestown Friends School will host its 15th Mock Primary Election (MPE). The event will include the traditional entrance parade, political speeches and debates from the candidates, final campaigning efforts, and educational workshops. Workshops cover topics and feature activities surrounding politics or governance, but cover a wide spectrum, including political humor, the impact of public speaking, social activism, climate change, immigration, and much more.

From 1960 to 1996, MFS held Mock Political Conventions which typically featured the party that was out of power at the time. Since 2000, MFS has held a Mock Primary Election. To mirror the real election, if an incumbent president is running, the school only holds a primary for the other party. Since that is not the case in 2016, and both primaries are wide open, the school is holding both Democratic and Republican primaries. MFS Upper School students portray the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on the campaign trail, participating in debates, town hall meetings, and the Primary Election. Students representing the candidates have become well-versed on pressing issues in American politics, such as national security, gun control, immigration, LGBTQ rights, climate change, education, healthcare, and the federal budget. During the many MPE programs leading up to the Mock Primary Election, constituents have the opportunity to become informed voters and learn about candidates’ positions on these topics before they cast their vote for President of the United States. This tradition began in 1960 and provides students with experiential political, social, and historical lessons that extend far beyond any chapter in a textbook.

For the Mock Primary Election 2016, 12 students are representing the men and women in the presidential race: John Barton ’17 (Bernie Sanders), Andrew Cates ’16 (Martin O’Malley), Connor Cronk ’17 (Chris Christie), Dragon Ding ’17 (John Kasich), Andrew Landesman ’18 (Jeb Bush), Andrew Lin ’18 (Ben Carson), Ian Millstein ’18 (Marco Rubio), Emily Mitchell ’18 (Carly Fiorina), Isaac Munoz ’17 (Ted Cruz), Tyler Rutherford ’18 (Rand Paul), Nick Tursi ’17 (Donald Trump), Rachael Whitley ’17 (Hillary Clinton).  

MFS Mock Primary/Convention Nominees – A Look Back

MFS mock voters have picked the actual nominee only three times: Michael Dukakis in 1988 and both Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008. Below is a list of MFS winners, and their real world counterparts, since 1960:

Year MFS Nominee(s) Actual Nominee(s)
1960 Stuart Symington John F. Kennedy
1964 William Scranton Barry Goldwater
1968 Nelson Rockefeller Richard Nixon
1972 Hubert Humphrey George McGovern
1976 Mo Udall Jimmy Carter
1980 George H. Bush Ronald Reagan
1984 George McGovern Walter Mondale
1988 Michael Dukakis Michael Dukakis
1992 Jerry Brown Bill Clinton
1996 Arlen Specter Bob Dole
2000 Bill Bradley Al Gore
John McCain George W. Bush
2004 Dennis Kucinich John Kerry
2008 John McCain Barack Obama
2012 Jon Huntsman Mitt Romney

Enjoy some highlights from the Mock Primary Election archives!