Saying voters are fed up with the two-party system and are ready to embrace an alternative, members of the American party of Nevada held their state convention with an eye on getting themselves a permanent place in American politics.
Members of the Independent American Party of Nevada say now is the time to put forgotten issues to the forefront of national politics.
"There's never been a better year for us," says Janine Hansen, Chairwoman of the Convention."People are looking for an alternative."
Hansen has watched the party grow from 300 registered voters in 1992 to over 50 thousand in 2008.
The Independent American Party is building on a platform that stands for smaller government; tighter border controls; and constitutional values. Members say that and growing similarities between Democrats and Republicans make the American Independent Party the most viable option.
"We are a party of principles," says member Cody Quirk. "The other two parties are compromising their principles."
The event featured several guest speakers, including Dr. Jerome Corsi, who discussed his findings on a possible merger between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
As with all independent parties, members say they know the odds are stacked against them, but participating in something they believe in, is a cause they feel is worth fighting for.
"How we're going to do it? I don't know," says John Everhart, who drove up from Elko to take part in the convention. "But I feel like we have to make the effort or we'll lose our country."
The party's state convention will finish up Saturday night when it formally nominates a candidate.