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Darcy Richardson

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Darcy Richardson
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Chair of the Alliance Party[1]
In office
November 29, 2020 – April 2021
Preceded byJim Rex
Succeeded byJonathan Etheridge
Personal details
Born (1955-12-06) December 6, 1955 (age 65)
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyReform Party (2012–present)
Other political
Democratic Party (1976–2012) Consumer Party (1980–1988) Peace and Freedom Party (2012)
Alma materTemple University
WebsiteRichardson for Governor

Darcy G. Richardson (born December 6, 1955) is an American author, historian and political activist. He was the national chairman of the Alliance Party[2] and is the current vice chairman.[3]

Richardson was the vice-presidential nominee of the Alliance Party and Reform Party for the 2020 election alongside presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente. The ticket appeared on more than 15 state ballots and finished in 5th place nationally with 88,237 votes.[4]

Prior to that, he was the Reform Party of Florida's nominee for governor in 2018. In the 2012 presidential election, Richardson challenged incumbent Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in five state primaries.

Author and activist[edit]

Richardson is the author of A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign, published in 2002. The book describes in detail the "Clean for Gene" phenomenon that led to President Lyndon B. Johnson's startling withdrawal from the race and Robert F. Kennedy's resulting candidacy, as well as the campaigns of Republican Richard M. Nixon and others. He has also authored four books of a planned seven volume series on the history of third party politics in the United States, with a heavy focus on progressive movements. The first volume, "Others: Third-Party Politics From the Nation's Founding to the Rise and Fall of the Greenback-Labor Party" earned a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award for 2005.[5]

Richardson has contributed articles to numerous publications and is the co-founder of a blog called Uncovered Politics, which focuses on insurgent candidates and third party politics.

Between 1989 and 1992, Richardson served as the National Chairman of The New Democrats, a Progressive reformist group that included Eugene McCarthy and Gary Hart.[6][7]

Political campaigns[edit]

Although a registered Democrat and elected Montgomery County precinct committeeman at the time, Richardson was nominated to run for the position of Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1980 on the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party's ballot line. In that race he finished third with 48,783 votes.[8]

In 1988, the Consumer Party again nominated Richardson, this time to run for U.S. Senate.[9] That same year, Richardson was the national campaign manager of former Senator Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign. McCarthy was also running on the Consumer Party ticket. Richardson was later a senior advisor to McCarthy's final presidential campaign, in which he ran as a candidate in the 1992 Democratic primaries.[10]

Richardson was a candidate for the lieutenant governor of Florida in 2010, running with independent gubernatorial candidate Farid Khavari.[11]

2012 presidential campaign[edit]

Map of second-place candidates in the 2012 Democratic presidential primaries
  Keith Russell Judd
  Ron Paul
  Darcy Richardson
  John Wolfe Jr.
  Randall Terry
  No second-place finisher
  No primary held/ no info available

On October 21, 2011, Richardson filed as a candidate in the 2012 New Hampshire Democratic primary and became the first Democrat to file in a primary against President Barack Obama.[12][13] A total of 14 Democrats, including Obama, eventually filed for the primary ballot.[14] Richardson stated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he decided to enter the race after failing to convince former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to mount a bid. Richardson also noted his campaign was to be national in scope, with plans to file in numerous other states where ballot access laws would allow him to either pay a qualifying fee or gather signed petitions.[14] In addition to New Hampshire, he qualified for a spot on the Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas Democratic primary ballots,[15][16] and accumulated 41,730 votes at the end of the primary season.[17]

In April 2012, Richardson suspended his presidential campaign,[18] and announced plans to support Reform Party presidential candidate and former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer in the general election.[19] After Roemer ended his campaign, Richardson backed Roseanne Barr's presidential campaign and organized a Florida chapter of the Peace and Freedom Party.[20]

2016 presidential campaign[edit]

On July 22, 2016, Richardson announced his intention to run for the Reform Party's nomination.[21] He lost the nomination to Rocky De La Fuente.[22]

2018 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On June 22, 2018, Richardson became the Reform Party of Florida's nominee for governor,[23] later choosing Nancy Argenziano as his running mate.[24]

2020 presidential campaign[edit]

On July 15, 2019, Richardson filed with the FEC to run for the Reform Party Nomination in 2020.[25][26] Richardson later suspended his campaign to become the running mate of Rocky De La Fuente on both the Reform Party ticket and the newly formed Alliance Party.[27] Richardson became the Alliance Party's vice-presidential nominee on April 25, being introduced at the national convention by Brian Moore and officially nominated by Phil Fuerher.[28]

Electoral history[edit]

Pennsylvania United States Senate Election, 1988[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Heinz (Incumbent) 2,901,715 66.45%
Democratic Joe Vignola 1,416,764 32.45%
Consumer Darcy Richardson 25,273 0.58%
Libertarian Henry E. Haller II 11,822 0.27%
Populist Samuel Cross 6,455 0.15%
New Alliance Sam Blancato 4,569 0.11%
Majority 1,484,951 34.00%
Turnout 4,366,598
Republican hold Swing
2018 Florida gubernatorial election[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ron DeSantis 4,076,186 49.59% +1.45%
Democratic Andrew Gillum 4,043,723 49.19% +2.12%
Reform Darcy Richardson 47,140 0.57% N/A
Independent Kyle "KC" Gibson 24,310 0.30% N/A
Independent Ryan Christopher Foley 14,630 0.18% N/A
Independent Bruce Stanley 14,505 0.18% N/A
n/a Write-ins 67 0.00% N/A
Total votes 8,220,561 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

Books by Darcy G. Richardson[edit]

  • A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign (2002) ISBN 978-0-595-23699-2 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Others: Third-Party Politics From the Nation's Founding to the Rise and Fall of the Greenback-Labor Party (2004) ISBN 978-0-595-31723-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Others: Third Parties During the Populist Period (2007) ISBN 978-0-595-44304-8 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Others: Third Parties from Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party to the Decline of Socialism in America (2007) ISBN 978-0-595-47701-2 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Others: "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive Movement: Third-Party Politics in the 1920s (2008) ISBN 978-0-595-48126-2 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.


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  2. "ANNOUNCEMENT!". Alliance Party Newsroom. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  3. "National Committee". Alliance Party. April 12, 2021. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  4. "U.S. Election Atlas". 2020 Election Results. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  5. "ALA Outstanding Academic Titles". American Library Association. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  6. Herman, Steven L. (December 4, 1989). "The "New Democrats" are Liberals and Proud of It". Associated Press.
  7. Stack, Barbara White (December 13, 1989). "Small uprising developing among national Democrats". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  8. "Our Campaigns - PA Auditor Race - Nov 04, 1980". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. "Heinz well on road to win". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 9, 1988. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  10. "BattlegroundBlog.com About Page". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. "Write-ins and Independents Fill Out Ballot". The Ledger of LAKELAND. October 3, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  12. Winger, Richard (October 21, 2011). "Darcy Richardson Files in New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary". Ballot Access News. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  13. Schoenberg, Shira (October 28, 2011). "N.H. primary ballot becomes equalizer between top-tier, perennial candidates". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Memoli, Michael A. (October 28, 2011). "Even Democratic ballot will be crowded in New Hampshire primary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  15. "Associated Press". December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  16. "Oklahoma Board of Elections". December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  17. "The Green Papers". July 15, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  18. "Darcy Richardson suspends Democratic Party presidential campaign". Wikinews. April 28, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  19. "Darcy Richardson to seek Reform Party presidential nomination". Wikinews. June 15, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  20. "Darcy Richardson Comments on Reform National Convention & 2012 Endorsement". 16 August 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. Lesiak, Krzyysztof (July 22, 2016). "Darcy Richardson will seek the Reform Party's presidential nomination". Independent Political Report.
  22. Winger, Richard (August 9, 2016). "Reform Party Nominates Rocky De La Fuente for President". Ballot Access News. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  23. "Darcy Richardson Opts to Run for Governor on Reform Party Line". 8 June 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  24. "Nancy Argenziano Joins Darcy Richardson on Reform Party Gubernatorial Ticket". 30 August 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  25. Winger, Richard (August 16, 2019). "Darcy Richardson Seeks the 2020 Reform Party Presidential Nomination". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  26. "List of registered 2020 presidential candidates". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  27. Saturn, William (April 11, 2020). "Darcy Richardson Discusses the Alliance Party". Independent Political Report. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  28. Saturn, William (April 26, 2020). "Alliance Party Nominates 2020 Presidential Ticket of De La Fuente/Richardson". Independent Political Report. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  29. "PA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  30. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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