Rocky De La Fuente, the newly-minted presidential nominee for the fledgling Alliance Party, will now seek the Reform Party presidential nomination, says his running mate Darcy Richardson in comments at Ballot Access News. Richardson himself sought the presidential nomination of the Reform Party but now plans to step aside for De La Fuente and attempt to obtain the vice presidential nomination instead. De La Fuente was the Reform Party’s 2016 presidential nominee, edging out Richardson at the 2016 Reform National Convention.
“[W]e’re seeking the Reform Party nomination with Rocky at the head of the ticket. We’re also seeking the nominations of several smaller, single-state parties. Needless to say, I’m enormously proud to be Rocky’s running mate, Richardson writes. “We’re hoping to stitch together a united ticket under the Alliance Party banner to seriously challenge the increasingly inept, special interest-dominated duopoly in what — until now — had been shaping up as a pretty lean year for America’s minor parties.”
In 2016 the Reform Party held its nominating convention in August. It is expected to do the same this year. The party currently has ballot access in Florida and Mississippi.
Joe Wendt, the former campaign representative for white nationalist Billy Roper’s 2012 presidential campaign and the chairman of the Reform Party of Florida, is also seeking the party’s presidential nomination.
As the 2016 nominee, De La Fuente received 33,136 votes or 0.02% of the popular vote, eighth place overall.
De La Fuente currently has 2020 ballot access with the Alliance Party in South Carolina and possibly Connecticut. His American Delta Party has ballot access in Delaware.