Independent American Party Has Five Candidates Running So Far in 2014

The national Independent American Party is a minor right-wing constitutionalist political party, similar to the Constitution Party. From Wikipedia:

The Independent American Party (IAP) officially started in 1998. It began as the Utah Independent American Party. The founders claim to have been inspired by a speech given by Ezra Taft Benson, former United States Secretary of Agriculture, entitled “The Proper Role of Government”. The initial party platform was based on Benson’s beliefs. The 15 principles for the proper role of government, taken from his speech, are held as the IAP’s basis for recruiting.

In 2001 the IAP grew from one state party (Utah) to three organized state parties (Minnesota, Tennessee and Utah), and twelve prospective state parties. Area Coordinators were assigned to each of four regions of the country. The IAP adopted its first National Platform in August, 2002 and ended the year with three organized and 18 prospective state parties…

By 2004 the party involvement dwindled, and did not have ballot status in any state. However, in 2012 the Party gained ballot access in New Mexico. It ran Jon Barrie for U.S. Senate. He received 28,199 votes, or 3.63%. However, Barrie left the party after the election and joined the Constitution Party.


The following are IAP-Supported candidates for 2014 (so far):

Mr. Pro Life, running for Governor (Idaho)

Mrs. Kirsten Richardson, State Senate, 8th Congressional District (Idaho)

Mr. Pedro Sotelo, State Senate, 8th Congressional District (Missouri)

Robert Gorgoglione, State Senate, 30th Legislative District (Idaho)

David Hay, State Rep., 30th Legislative District (Idaho)


National IAP website:

10 thoughts on “Independent American Party Has Five Candidates Running So Far in 2014

  1. Cody J. Quirk

    We’ll have more at the bat by the year’s end.

    Due to ballot access issues, some of these candidates, while members of the IAP, can only run as simple ‘independents’ in these races, even though they are members of the IAP.

    While me and Mr. Pro-Life do feud every now and then, he’s no Don Grundmann, and we certainly look to establish ballot access, and a better presence, in all 50 states.

  2. Cody J. Quirk

    And yes, again because of ballot access, some are running under the CP label, even though they are, and consider themselves, official members of the IAP

  3. wolfefan

    I’m concerned about Pro-life’s view that court decisions are only binding on the immediate parties to that particular decision and not on anyone else. The constitution explicitly adopts common law, which is a system that relies on the binding nature of precedent. What would the implications of Pro-life’s view be in the real world beyond abortion in your opinion, Cody?

  4. Cody Quirk

    Good question; he hasn’t elaborated, so you would have to get in touch with him about it.

  5. Zeleni

    A Short Chronology of Pro-Life’s Life

    1940-November 1, 1940, Pro-Life began at fertilization in Carbon County, Wyoming.
    1941- Born, Marvin Thomas Richardson, Carbon County, Wyoming, August 5.”

    I’m glad Mr. Pro-Life knows his fertilization date!

  6. NewFederalist

    Unless the State Senate districts are exactly the same as the congressional districts the chart of candidates doesn’t make sense.

  7. Paulie

    Well, he should get at least some credit for changing his name to match his beliefs. James Libertarian Burns is the only other example that comes to mind.

  8. Deran

    We have Goodspaceguy Nelson out here. He is a former Libertarian Party candidate, who more recently decided human colonization of orbital space is the ticket for prosperity for humanity, and then he legally changed his name.

    It’s not quite as explicit as Pro Life or Libertarian, but this is techie Seattle.

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