A Brief History of the Alaska Constitution Party (ACP)
The Alaska Constitution Party (ACP) has continued to grow steadily since its inception in October 2010. It is an official affiliate of the national Constitution Party, and has three national delegate votes. It took some time before the voter registration forms across the state showed the ACP as a voter registration option. Many old voter registration forms continue(d) to be used across Alaska. Latest monthly figures of 10/03/13, show an increase of 4% in membership. The Constitution Party has been running candidates for President and Vice-President in Alaska since 1992 when founder Howard Phillips first ran. The Party was then known as the American Taxpayers Party.
Phillips also ran in Alaska in 1996 under the ATP label. In 2000, Phillips ran in Alaska under the Constitution Party banner, as the party had changed its name to the Constitution Party at that time. Afterwards, the Constitution Party was given the ballot line for President & Vice President by the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) for the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections. In 2010, the need to officially form an Alaska Constitution Party became apparent.
In 2012, the Constitution Party candidates for President, Virgil Goode and Vice President, James Clymer had to run in Alaska as write-in candidates. The Alaska Constitution Party has embarked upon a two pronged party building strategy of increasing its overall voter registration numbers and fielding candidates. In 2014, J.R.Myers is running as the Alaska Constitution Party candidate for Governor of Alaska. J.R. is running a serious campaign, and hopes to prevail in a crowded and divided field. Once the ACP gains more than 3% of the vote for Alaska Governor in the 2014 General Election, the ACP will be reclassified from a Political Group to a Political Party. This means that its candidates will no longer have to petition to appear on the ballot.