History of the Unity Party of America
The Unity Party of America was founded on November 4, 2004, the day after that year's Presidential election. The Unity Party began in an online discussion forum, and now has a membership in 33 states.
The first Unity Party candidate was Eric Bodenstab, who declared in May of 2007 for Boulder, Colorado City Council. Soon afterwards, Party Chairman Bill Hammons then declared his own candidacy in November 2007, to replace outgoing Congressman Mark Udall in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District. Following the examples of both Eric Bodenstab and Bill Hammons, endurance patriot Terry Ronzio declared as the Unity Party's second Congressional candidate, out of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, running against John Murtha in 2008. The Unity Party has been officially recognized in the State of Colorado since July 2008, after Hammons successfully petitioned onto the ballot as a Unity Party candidate with 899 valid voter signatures. Because of Unity Party efforts in Colorado, individuals can now register their affiliation with the Unity Party by checking the "Unity" box on the State's official voter registration form.
The Unity Party didn't stop there. Sherman Reickart declared for Brant, New York Town Council with the party in 2009, Bill Hammons declared for Colorado's 2nd District again on June 22, 2009, Energy Drilling Consultant Levi Hancock declared as the first Unity Party candidate for Colorado Governor in September 2009, and Oilfield Drilling Engineer Mike Nelson declared as a Unity Party candidate for Colorado's 4th Congressional District in September 2009 as well. The Colorado candidates spoke at the party's first intraparty candidates forum at the Unity Party of Colorado's annual convention in Boulder on September 26, 2009.
Navy veteran and Pueblo, Colorado resident Ray Roman declared as the Unity Party's first United States Senate candidate on January 11, 2010, and the Unity Party continues to move forward. Chairman Hammons appeared on Denver's 9 News to advocate for reform of Colorado's election laws, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter eventually signed House Bill 10-1271, the Unity Party of Utah launched the first state Unity Party site and announced its intention to petition onto the statewide Utah ballot as a party, Army veteran Jim Pirtle declared as a Unity Party candidate for Colorado's 5th Congressional District, and the Unity Party continues to expand its presence in social media.
From the beginning, the Unity Party of America has been dedicated to the common goals of every American. Through grass roots advocacy the Unity Party has been able to stand up for and champion our democratic ideals.