Former member of the Executive Committee of the Miami-Dade County (Florida) Republican Party Souraya Faas is currently thinking about running for the Reform Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. As reported here, the party will nominate a presidential ticket June 13 at its National Convention online. Faas was running for the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination but fell short at the National Convention Saturday.
Faas, whose Armenian Christian father immigrated from Syria and whose mother comes from Venezuela, previously ran for president as an independent in 2016. She was the first Arab American woman to seek the nation’s highest office. Notably during the run she unsuccessfully sued to appear on the Texas ballot as a write-in. Two years later she ran for US Congress on a platform of ending hostilities against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom she praised for fighting terrorism. She finished second in the Republican primary.
Last year Faas joined the Libertarian Party and eventually sought its presidential nomination. During her Libertarian campaign, Faas was shut out from the list of candidates on LP.org until just before the convention. She was left out of most of the party’s debates as well. On Twitter yesterday she expressed disatisfaction with Libertarian Party leadership and called for the resignation of national chairman Nick Sarwark.
“The whole #Libertarian convention process is rigged!” Faas tweeted. “The amount of bias and conflict of interest being put in play from @LPNational is ridiculous! They should’ve selected the new board before nominations, since we apparently have a dictator for chairman.”
Faas is continuing her 2020 presidential campaign and wants to bring forth a message of unity among third parties.
“I switched to independent to make history by uniting all third parties,” she explains. “We need a voice of unity in this country not division and discrimination.”
If Faas enters the Reform Party race she will join the two currently declared candidates for the nomination. According to National Secretary Nicholas Hensley those candidates are 2016 presidential nominee and 2020 Alliance Party presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente as well as New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson. However, Hensley notes the leadership is currently upset with Abramson, apparently over his attempts to unify the party with the Veterans Party of America.
Hensley, who spoke with Faas earlier today, believes De La Fuente currently has enough pledged delegates to win the nomination but sees an opportunity for Faas to be competitive if it comes down to her against De La Fuente.
The Reform Party is currently on the ballot in Florida and Mississippi. De La Fuente received 33,136 votes in 2016. In its history, the Reform Party has not nominated the same presidential candidate twice nor has it nominated a female candidate for president.