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Third Party Candidate Stan Vaughan Thinks He Has Fighting Chance

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“People are foolish to think there are two parties. Really, we have two parties that are almost identical. Voters put democrats in office and they don’t like it, then they put republicans in office and they don’t like it. There’s no change!” says Stan Vaughan, Independent candidate for Congressional District 1.

Vaughan, who is mostly known for being the World Chess Federation’s Grandmaster, is the elected candidate from the Independent American Party (IAP). He is running for a seat in the nation’s House of Representatives representing Nevada’s District 1, which covers a large portion of Clark County.

The ex-democrat turned independent is running against Democrat Dina Titus and Republican Chris Edwards.

This campaign has not had much media coverage, in a time when Nevada is bombarded with election advertisements.

Titus told UNLV students at a press conference Sept. 19 that she believes there is not much coverage of this race because she is so heavily favored to win because District 1 is heavily Democratic.

“She just thinks she is a shoe-in but I disagree. I think she is out of touch with the people because she’s not campaigning. She looks at the voter registration numbers and thinks it’s a done deal. I think if enough people are educated on this, educated on the reasons why they shouldn’t vote for either a Republican or Democrat then it will be different. All I need is 22 percent of the Democratic vote and we will have a tight race,” says Vaughan.

Vaughan says he perceives Titus to be his only opponent because the Libertarian candidate William Pojunis has acknowledged that Vaughan is the “smartest person running in the race.” Vaughan also says the IAP, non-partisan and third party voters added together are greater than the number of registered Republicans. “So, basically I have a better chance of winning than the Republicans,” said Vaughan.

Edwards disagrees. In an interview on KNPR, Edwards said this was only a race between him and Dina Titus. “I want to fill one seat in Congress with someone who is more sensible, practical and responsive to the people here.”

This is not the first time Vaughan has been involved in a race with Titus. The first time he was actually campaigning for her.

Vaughan said he used to be Titus’ “team leader” in 2006 when she ran for governor. This is the same year he was running to unseat incumbent Democrat Morse “Moose” Arberry in the Assembly District 7 race. Vaughan wrote in an election flier that Titus stabbed him in the back during that election because he was her team leader and she supported her “friend” Arberry instead of him.

Since then, he slowly started to drift away from the Democratic Party and in 2010 Vaughan said he was being recruited by the Republican and the Independent American parties.

“The more that I looked into it and the more that I did research, I came to the realization that I just could not be a part of the Democratic or Republican parties,” said Vaughan. “They try to appear they are different but they still have the same ultimate agendas…They both want a one-government world.”

Vaughan says now that he switched to an independent candidate there is no media interest anymore because people think the third party is unimportant and many voters are reluctant to vote for a third party because they believe it is a wasted vote.

“There are not real choices, you have either A or B (candidates), if you vote for C you’re wasting your time but I think it’s slowly changing,” says Vaughan.

He says that third party candidates like him are really important in Congress because if there is an issue that has democrats and republicans evenly divided, then a third party candidate can be the swing vote on the issue. “The only problem is getting people to vote for a third party,” says Vaughan.

On the issues, Vaughan’s slogan is “less government, more personal responsibility.” He says that government has gotten too involved with politics and the two main parties are not making decisions based on the constitution.

If it was up to him, Vaughan says he would cut every department in the federal government except the departments of justice, treasury, foreign affairs and defense. He says all other issues should be up to the states.

“We have too many damn laws,” says Vaughan.  “We need less restrictions, more liberty and trust that American people will show personal responsibility.”

On social issues, such as gay marriage, Vaughan says government has gotten too involved with people’s private lives. “There should not be government regulating marriages in the first place. I don’t care if you are gay or straight, you need a job,” says Vaughan.

He also said issues should be rooted in the Constitution. So, all that government should protect is life, liberty and the Constitution. Because of this he is pro-life on the abortion issue.

Vaughan also voiced concern about the special interest groups that both parties are involved with. He said that one of the biggest issues is that these parties take huge campaign donations from special programs and, in turn, it sways the politicians to vote for the special interest group that financed them. Vaughan says this is a huge issue and would like to change that if people gave him the chance.

“People are starting to see that Democrats and Republicans are the problem, I just hope this continues. Just please take the time to research the campaign finances, vote for somebody that is not taking money from special interest groups, vote for anybody that is not a Republican or Democrat,” said Vaughan.

To learn more about Vaughan visit his website at To learn more about his challengers, you can visit Titus’ website at or visit Edwards’ website at

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