The Biography of Unity Party of America Founder and Candidate Bill Hammons
Bill Hammons was born in (what was then) West Germany in the Seventies to a career US Army officer. He graduated from Permian High School in West Texas of Friday Night Lights fame (his mother is originally from West Texas and Bill’s maternal grandparents arrived in Odessa on the original Pearl Harbor Day in 1941). Bill attended NYU and made the Dean’s List several semesters in a row before going on to work as the Rights Manager at Newsweek Magazine for seven years and seven days and then starting Bill’s List, which has received as many as 17,000 visitors daily.
One day in 2003, Bill was on a training run for the NYC Marathon in the hills of Central Park, mulling over what more he could do to support the Presidential candidacy of General Wes Clark (Bill had been active in the Draft Clark grassroots movement). Then, at the top of the park, it struck Bill that he and others could run marathons to raise campaign contributions. The idea of “Runners for Clark” was born, and the nascent organization had spread to 14 states before the General bowed out of the Primaries the following Spring.
Clark might’ve been done, but Bill wasn’t, and Unity Runners was started to support Centrist candidates throughout the country (one thing Bill had become increasingly dismayed with was the inability of the established American political parties to appeal to Centrist voters). The 2004 election was done that November, but Bill still wasn’t done, and the Unity Party of America was born on November 4, 2004 (his father Rich was party member #2).
The following Spring, Bill moved back West (to Colorado) to enjoy the stunning running trails and even more stunning views (he’s run everything from a mile race down Fifth Avenue to a 50-mile race in the Montana wilderness) before finally returning to Texas after a 26-year journey. While in Colorado, he was the first of only two third-party Coloradans to ever successfully petition onto the General Election statewide ballot (and the second man to do so has since joined the United Colorado Committee of Bill’s Unity Party of Colorado). The Unity Party was placed on the Colorado official voter registration form as the “Unity” option as a direct result of Bill’s 2014 US Senate run, and UP achieved full recognition as a party by the State on D-Day in June of 2017 (Unity Party candidates can now be placed directly onto the General Election ballot by a show of hands, no petitioning required).
Bill went on to become the first Unity Party member (along with his friend and running mate Eric Bodenstab) to appear on the General Election ballot as a Gubernatorial candidate and then put his vote numbers into full hockey stick graph mode before heading to Texas (partly) to be in compliance with the 12th Amendment to the Constitution (as of this writing, Bill’s Presidential running mate will most likely hail from Colorado).