Nevada’s Independent American Party nominated its 2012 candidates for public office at a convention on March 3.
David VanderBeek of Pahrump, a life skills consultant, is the U.S. Senate nominee. He ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the Nevada Assembly.
In the northern U.S. House district, Russell Best of Stagecoach was nominated. He unsuccessfully sought election to the Stagecoach General Improvement District board in 2008. It’s his second run for the House seat. He pulled 4.05 percent of the vote in 2010 against Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Nancy Price.
The IAP was started in Nevada as the state arm of the American Independent Party, the vehicle for George Wallace’s 1968 presidential candidacy. It was kept together in most elections after that. Smaller parties do not have primary elections to nominate their candidates in Nevada, instead holding nominating conventions.