Unity Party of America

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Unity Party of America
ChairpersonBill Hammons
Founded2004; 19 years ago (2004)
Slogan"Not Right, Not Left, Forward!"
Seats in the Senate
0 / 100
Seats in the House
0 / 435
State Governorships
0 / 50
State Upper Chamber Seats
0 / 1,972
State Lower Chamber Seats
0 / 5,411
Territorial Governorships
0 / 5
Territorial Upper Chamber Seats
0 / 97
Territorial Lower Chamber Seats
0 / 91
Election symbol
Unity Party of America Symbol.png
Website
unityparty.us

The Unity Party of America is a national political party in the United States founded on November 4, 2004 with the slogan "Not Right, Not Left, But Forward!"[1] The party is officially recognized by the State of Colorado[2] and has members in 46 states.[3]

History[edit]

The Unity Party grew out of the grassroots group named Runners for Clark which supported General Wesley Clark's 2004 presidential campaign by raising campaign contributions and awareness of Clark's run for the presidency; Runners for Clark morphed into Unity Runners and then into the Unity Party.[4][5]

Bill Hammons of Texas, New York and Colorado founded the Unity Party in 2004 as chairman and ran as the Unity Party of America candidate for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, centered on Boulder, in 2008[6] and again in 2010.[7] By that point the Unity Party had expanded beyond Colorado to 27 states.[8] He then ran for U.S. senate in Colorado in 2014 before running for the senate again in 2016 and then for Colorado governor in 2018 (the "Unity" voter affiliation option in Colorado is a direct result of his Senate candidacy).[9][10][11][4]

In 2012, veteran and Gold Star father Jim Pirtle of Colorado Springs declared as a Unity Party candidate for congress.[12]

In June 2017, the Unity Party achieved full recognition as a minor party by the state of Colorado, and its candidates in the state no longer need to petition onto the ballot, but instead just need a "show of hands" at a party assembly. By 2017, the party had spread to 37 states.[13][11][14][15]

In September 2017, Unity Party members decided to begin referring to themselves as "Uniters."[16]

In October 2018, Hammons was quoted as saying, "God did not ordain two parties in the United States," and went on to say one goal of his gubernatorial run was to help put a Unity Party Presidential candidate at the top of the ballot in Colorado in 2020.[17]

In June 2019, Rebecca Keltie of Colorado Springs became the first female Unity Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, and in September 2019 the Unity Party U.S. Senate candidacy of Arvada's Joshua Rodriguez created the first-ever contested Unity Party nomination race.[18][3]

Bill Hammons and Eric Bodenstab were nominated for President and Vice President, respectively, in an online convention held over WebEx on April 4, 2020.[19] Hammons and Bodenstab made it onto the ballot in Colorado,[20] Louisiana[21] and New Jersey.[22]

Elections[edit]

2020 election[edit]

Nominees Hammons and Bodenstab came in 12th place nationally in the 2020 United States Presidential election, winning 6,647 votes.[23]

Downballot, the party's Senate candidate, Stephen "Seku" Evans, won 8,971 votes, coming in very last place,[24] underperforming Hammons both in his senatorial run and in his 2018 gubernatorial run.

In the House of Representatives, the party only ran candidates in the state of Colorado, who averaged between 0.5% and 1% of the vote in their respective districts[24]

The Unity Party's best performance came from James Triebert, who ran for Adams County Commissioner against Democrat Chad Tedesco. He won 29.1% of the vote, with 57,387 votes.[25]

Ideology[edit]

The Unity Party prides itself on acceptance, and its website openly admits this affinity to inclusiveness. To quote the homepage, "As members of the Unity Party, we focus on similarities rather than differences. We are non-partisan. We are a blending of diverse parties, political ideals, cultures, sexualities and genders, religions, spiritual practices, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. We welcome progressives, conservatives, outliers, non-conformists, and those from all political parties." Their belief is that exposing people to those with differing political mindsets mimic real-life scenarios, as opposed to interacting only with others who automatically follow the same ideals; the party hopes to inspire dialogue between individuals, brainstorming, and problem solving.

Platform[edit]

As of 2014, the Unity Party platform was outlined as supporting a balanced budget amendment, an elimination of the federal income tax, a health care tax deduction, Social Security reform, term limits, and gerrymandering reform.

Presidential candidate performance[edit]

Year Candidate(s) Popular votes Percentage Electoral votes Ballot access
2020 6,647 0.0042% 0
31 / 538

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unity candidate running for governor". The Fort Morgan Times. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Political Party Directory". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Colorado's tiny Unity Party facing first-ever primary in US Senate race". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Unity Party Reaches Minor-Party Status in Colorado". Westword. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Unity Party of Utah". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Bill Hammons (CAS '97) For US Congress". NYU Arts and Science Alumni Blog. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Unity Party's Hammons to challenge Polis for 2nd CD seat in 2010". Daily Camera. Archived from the original on June 26, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Unity Party aims for a place on Utah ballot". Deseret News. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bill Hammons: U.S. Senate". Boulder Daily Camera. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 Voter Registration Statistics" (PDF). Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Unity Party becomes "minor party" in Colorado". Denver Post. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Pirtle to the rescue?". Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "Unity Party is now officially a minor party in Colorado". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "Meet The Man Who Founded The Unity Party, Colorado's Newest Official Minor Party". Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "Unity Party candidate for governor Bill Hammons hoping to make waves in 2018 election". The Denver Channel. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Colorado Unity Party nicknames itself the 'Uniters'". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  17. ^ "Colorado's dark horses: What makes non-major-party candidates run?". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "Unity Party's Rebecca Keltie to take on Doug Lamborn for Congress". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  19. ^ "Unity Party of Colorado & America Conventions Go 100% Online". Unity Party of America. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  20. ^ "2020 General Election Candidate List". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "What's on the Ballot – Bossier Parish". KSLA. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  22. ^ "County Clerks To Draw For Ballots At 3 PM". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  23. ^ "US-Pres-SumA,100". wtop.com. November 21, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  24. ^ a b "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  25. ^ "Adams County November 3, 2020 General Election". results.vote.wa.gov. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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