In California, qualified minor parties are entitled to a presidential primary, and by custom, the Secretary of State lets party leaders tell her which candidates’ names to list. On January 13, leaders of the American Independent Party submitted a list of 14 names. At this point the individuals on the list have not necessarily agreed to have their names on the ballot. The Secretary of State’s office will contact each one and ask if they wish to be listed.
The fourteen names include former Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia, who is believed to desire the Constitution Party’s presidential nomination, although he hasn’t formally announced. The other names are: Philip Berg of Pennsylvania, Laurie Roth of Washington state, Todd Palin of Alaska, Wiley Drake of California, Ed Noonan of California, George Peabody of Hawaii, Marvin Antelman of Massachusetts, Max Riekse of Michigan, Diane Beall of California, Walter Nayakik of Alaska, Veronica Piva of California, D. Clark Ambassador for Christ (that is his legal name) of California, and Robert Sisilo, who is a U.S. citizen who is not registered to vote and who lives outside the United States.
The most crowded presidential primary ballot in California history, for a single party, was the 1976 Democratic presidential primary, when ten names appeared. It is not likely that all fourteen individuals who are on this list will consent to be listed, so the number of candidates who will appear on the AIP presidential primary ballot is not yet final.