Tea Party of Nevada

The Tea Party of Nevada is a minor political party in Nevada. It fielded Scott Ashjian in the United States Senate election in Nevada, 2010.


Organization

The Tea Party of Nevada qualified as a minor political party with the Nevada Secretary of State on January 27, 2010. Ashjian's supporters created the party by filing more than the 250 signatures needed. The Tea Party of Nevada's stated goals include striving to 'promote this nation's founding principles of freedom, liberty and a small representative government.' The party stated in its preamble that both major political parties were responsible for a 'massive national debt' in the United States, and that the 'great conservative majority in America' should not believe that the Democrats and Republicans would support their views...

Ashjian filed his candidacy on March 2, 2010, and became the candidate of the Tea Party of Nevada for United States Senate in the 2010 Nevada general election. Ashjian's candidacy is the only one which appears as the 'Tea Party' on the November 2010 ballot. In April 2010, Ashjian faced a legal challenge which attempted to remove his name from the ballot. Carson City, Nevada district judge James Todd Russell heard arguments on whether Ashjian could remain on the ballot starting on April 14. Judge Russell ultimately ruled that Ashjian complied with the intent of the law and he could remain on the ballot. The American Independent Party, which brought the suit against Ashjian, filed an appeal of the case to the Nevada Supreme Court. On October 6, 2010, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that Ashjian's candidacy would remain on the November 2010 ballot..