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Unity Party of America

Unity Party of America
Chairman Bill Hammons
Senate leader N/A
House leader N/A
Founded 2004 (2004)
Ideology Centrism
Political position Fiscal: Moderate
Social: Moderate
International affiliation None
Colors Red, white, and blue
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Unity Party of America is a centrist political party founded on November 4, 2004[1] which has a membership in 34 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin) listed on its website.


  • Recent history 1
  • Platform 2
  • United National Committee 3
  • Origins 4
  • Notes and references 5
  • External links 6

Recent history

Eric Bodenstab is described on the Unity Party website as having been the first Unity Party candidate, declaring in May 2007 for Boulder, Colorado City Council, even though that is a non-partisan election.[2][3] The Unity Party fielded two Congressional candidates in the 2008 election cycle (Bill Hammons in Colorado's 2nd District (0.63%) and Terry Ronzio in Pennsylvania's 12th District (did not qualify for the ballot).[4] Sherman Reickart declared for Brant, New York Town Council with the Unity Party,[5] Bill Hammons declared for Colorado's 2nd District again on June 22, 2009,[6] Energy Drilling Consultant Levi Hancock declared as the first Unity Party candidate for Colorado Governor in 2009,[7][8] and Oilfield Drilling Engineer Mike Nelson has declared as a Unity Party candidate for Colorado's 4th Congressional District.[7][9] Hammons and Nelson are both former residents of Odessa, Texas, even though both now live in Colorado.[10][11]

On January 11, 2010, Navy veteran and Pueblo, Colorado resident Ray Roman declared as the Unity Party's first candidate for US Senate, running against incumbent Senator Michael Bennet.[12] That same month, Hammons appeared on Denver 9 News' Your Show to make the case for changing Colorado election law and allowing the Unity Party's more recently affiliated candidates to petition onto the General Election ballot as Unity Party candidates, along with himself.[13] On May 27, 2010, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed House Bill 10-1271, which will allow Colorado's unaffiliated candidates for public office (including, technically, Unity Party candidates) to run for office if their voter registration has not changed during the year of the election in question, beginning in 2012.[14]

An April 9, 2010 Colorado Statesman article highlighted the fact that the Unity Party of Colorado had fielded twice as many candidates in 2010 as the Green Party of Colorado, and four times as many candidates as the Constitution Party of Colorado.[15]

On July 15, 2010, Hammons announced his withdrawal from the 2nd CD race, citing challenges in obtaining the required number of petition signatures to appear on the ballot a second time.[16] His fellow three Unity Party Colorado candidates had withdrawn as well.[17]

The party was recognized in the state of Colorado from 2008 to 2011 as a Qualified Political Organization[2] as a direct result of the petition of Unity Party Congressional candidate Bill Hammons onto the 2008 General Election ballot with 899 valid signatures.[18] As a QPO, the Unity Party was designated on the Colorado voter registration form as a voter affiliation option,[19] and 179 voters had affiliated with the Unity Party as of October 22, 2008,[20] an increase of 92% over the party's voter registration numbers just three weeks before. 407 Colorado voters had affiliated with the Unity Party as of June 1, 2011,[21] before the party was removed from state voter registration form as a result of its failure to place a candidate on the general election ballot in the 2010 election cycle.[22]

In June 2010, the Unity Party of Utah launched the first state Unity Party website,, and announced its intention to petition, as a party, onto Utah's 2012 ballot.[23][24] As of September 2014, one national, five state (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and South Carolina), and two candidate (Roger Nichols for President, Bill Hammons for US Senate) Facebook pages were linked to from the Unity Party national website home page.[25] On April 27, 2011, Jim Pirtle of Colorado Springs declared as the Unity Party's first and only candidate of the 2012 election cycle, for Colorado's 5th Congressional District.[26] He received 22,738 votes, or 7.41%. However, he appeared on the ballot as a Libertarian.

In August 2014, the Unity Party was placed back on Colorado's voter registration form as the option "Unity," as a result of Hammons's successful petition onto the ballot for the 2014 Colorado U.S. Senate election.[27][28] As of November 1, 2014, 142 Colorado voters had affiliated with the party, an increase of over 200% over the previous month.[29][30] In the general election, Hammons came sixth out of six candidates, with 0.3% of the vote (6,427 votes).


The Unity Party supports a Balanced Budget Amendment, a shift of Federal taxes from income to carbon emissions, a full health care tax deduction for those "forced" to pay for their own health coverage, a "Tithe Pool" to guarantee entitlements on a year-by-year basis, term limits of two terms for US Senators and four terms for US Representatives, outlawing the drawing of legislative districts along partisan lines (i.e., gerrymandering), and appointing panels of retired judges to oversee the drawing of legislative districts.[31] The party's motto is "Not right, not left, but forward."[2]

United National Committee

The United National Committee, the governing body of the Unity Party of America per the Unity Party Constitution[32] adopted on April 17, 2010, was formed on the same day. As of August 2014, the UNC consists of twelve members.[33]


The Unity Party began in an online discussion forum in November 2004[2] and grew out of the Unity Runners organization; as the Unity Party website puts it, "The Unity Party of America movement had its beginnings in the concept of running marathons to raise campaign contributions for political candidates."[34] Unity Runners, in turn, had its origins in Runners for Clark, an antecedent organization which supported the Presidential candidacy of General Wesley Clark.[35] Bill Hammons has been the party's national chairman since its inception.[12]

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Unity Party of America". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Unity Party of America". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Terry Ronzio – Walking for Troops". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Unity Party Candidate Sherman Reickart for Brant NY Town Council". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ a b "Online Guide to Colorado Politics". Politics1. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Writing and Running in Boulder, Colorado – The Author's Story". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
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  12. ^ a b "Unity Party Welcome from Unity Party of America Chairman". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Unity Party of America – Not Right, Not Left, But Forward". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Colorado General Assembly". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Third party candidates take root...". Colorado Statesman. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Unity Party candidate Bill Hammons drops out of 2nd CD race – Boulder Daily Camera". July 7, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Online Guide to Colorado Politics". Politics1. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Third-party candidate enters fray". June 30, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Elections & Voting". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Elections & Voting". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Political Party Information". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ "About the Unity Party of Utah". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Unity Party aims for a place on Utah ballot". Deseret News. June 29, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Unity Party of America Home Page". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  26. ^ Zubeck, Pam (April 27, 2011). "Pirtle to the rescue? | IndyBlog". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  27. ^ "2014 General Election Candidate Petition List". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Colorado Voter Registration Form". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Total Registered Voters by Party Affiliation and Status". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Total Registered Voters by Party Affiliation and Status". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Unity Party Platform – Not Right, Not Left, But Forward". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Unity Party Constitution: Constitution of Unity Party of America". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  33. ^ "The United National Committee of the Unity Party of America". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Running for America – The Unity Party of America's Unity Runners". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  35. ^ Peterson, Eric S. "Salt Lake City News – News Articles: Unity Party of Utah". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
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