Origins of the Unity Party of America



One day in September of 2003, Bill Hammons was on one of his Central Park training runs for that November's New York City Marathon, and was mulling over what more he could do to support the candidacy of General Wesley K. Clark for the office of President of the United States. (The future chairman of the Unity Party of America had generally voted Republican in past elections, but had seized on the unconventional candidacy of Clark as an opportunity to support something other than politics as usual.)

Hammons thought of the raft of grassroots organizations (such as "Environmentalists for Clark" and "Veterans for Clark") that had sprung up as part of the Draft Wesley Clark movement, a successful effort to convince the General to run for office. Then, somewhere in the Harlem Hills, it hit Hammons that he and others could run for campaign contributions. He posted his idea of Runners for Clark to a message board the day after Clark declared his candidacy, and the world's first political running organization was born...

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