Our Candidates

The Veterans Party of America is proud to introduce you to our candidates. The below listed individuals are running for the office listed. You can get more details and a bio by clicking on the candidates photo. There are also social media links to follow or contact the candidate directly.

I am Chris Keniston

Presidential Candidate

Chris Keniston was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC on January 19, 1971.  Shortly after Chris was born, his family relocated to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas where his father was stationed for training. The family later moved to Berlin, Germany, until his father's honorable discharge from the Army in 1974.  The family then returned to the United States and settled in his parents’ hometown of Franklin, Pennsylvania, a small town north of Pittsburgh. Chris graduated from Franklin Area High School in 1989. Lacking the financial resources to continue his education, he entered the workforce. For the next three years, he worked a variety of fast food and retail jobs to support himself.  In 1992, he took an entry-level manufacturing position and became a top-rated printing press operator.  In 1995, Chris married his high school sweetheart. The following year, with a child on the way, Chris knew his meager factory worker's salary and benefits could not adequately provide for his family.  He also knew that pursuing a higher education was impossible based on his limited income and distance to the nearest university. He decided that military service was his best option and joined the United States Air Force as a cargo aircraft mechanic. He became the third-generation of his family to serve our country, beginning with his grandfather during World War II. After completing Air Force basic and technical training in 1996, Chris was assigned to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey as a C-141B aircraft mechanic. There, he generated support aircraft for operations in Iraq, Kosovo, and presidential/diplomatic missions. In 2000, Chris accepted a C-130 Maintenance instructor assignment at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Unfortunately, the stresses of military life took their toll on his first marriage, which ended in a 2001 divorce.  He later met his second wife, Charla. They married in January 2004 and remained together until she unexpectedly passed away in February 2016. In 2004, Chris transferred to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia as a C-130 crew chief and was assigned his own aircraft.  He was deployed to Djibouti, Africa in 2005 as part of a Combat Search and Rescue operation supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, for which he received Air Force Expeditionary Service and Joint Meritorious Unit awards. After returning stateside, Chris was promoted to a unit-level aircraft maintenance supervisor and eventually to a base-level aircraft maintenance supervisor, until being honorably discharged in 2009. During his active-duty Air Force career, Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After returning to civilian life, Chris completed post-graduate courses and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability professional who has led corporate Continuous Improvement efforts focusing on equipment maintenance and reliability, and industrial health and safety. His career has given him keen insights into the effects of federal and state government regulations on industries and has provided invaluable experience about the effects of the current Administration’s policies and trade agreements on American manufacturing. Chris also became a small business owner in 2014 when he founded FOD Gear, which specializes in Veteran-centric and patriotic apparel. Chris has always been a passionate advocate for ethical, Constitutional government. Until joining Veterans Party of America in February 2015, he had refused any political party affiliation. As a veteran who swore the oath to support and defend the Constitution on four separate occasions, he strongly believes in protecting and preserving the Constitutional liberties and individual freedoms of all US citizens. He believes that every American is entitled to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, however they may personally define it, within a minimal framework of Constitutional laws. As a member of the Veteran Party of America, Chris has served as Louisiana State Chair, Texas Member-At-Large and National Secretary.

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I am Deacon Taylor

Vice Presidential Candidate

Deacon Taylor is a typical everyday American. Deacon grew on a family ranch in Northern Wyoming where he gained an appreciation for hard work and dedication. Wyoming winters are both bitter cold and long; the summers hot and dusty. As a farmer, he worked long hours irrigating the fields, mending fences, and caring for the animals. At 17 Deacon joined the U.S. Army and served his country for 7 years at the Joint Readiness Training Center and JFK Special Warfare Center, until receiving an honorable discharge. After the military, Deacon obtained a Bachelors of Science degree (with honors) at Colorado State University (CSU) in Construction Management. While at CSU, he honed his leadership ability by organizing a Mechanical Contractors Association chapter and a non-traditional students group for veterans, which formed the foundation of the Student Veterans of America chapter at CSU. At CSU, Deacon co-founded a heating and air-conditioning business, which became one of the premier contracting companies in the region. He also began working with local and state programs to increase Construction standards, and is now nationally recognized in the emerging arena of Building Science. Deacon moved to Las Vegas to continue working on national construction policies and standards. While managing construction sites and volunteering with local building authorities, he authored public policies for a State-wide energy program. To adapt his work in Nevada to a broader, national level, Deacon took on consulting roles and traveled the nation to continue helping major corporate entities, collegiate programs, government/utility programs, and small businesses improve their construction standards. Deacon is adept at getting the job done, and organizing and working with groups. He wants to be a partner in moving the current government in a new direction. He feels that with his fresh ideas and work ethic, he will provide a solid foundation to fulfilling the Vice President's Constitutional role as President of the Senate. Deacon's Military Awards awards-deacon-300x60

I am Chris Aguayo

Illinois US Senate

Chris was assigned to 2nd Squadron 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, TX. In the summer of 2006 Chris met and married his wife who had a daughter and a son. Chris deployed to Iraq in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After redeploying, Chris was reassigned to Fort Bragg, NC, assigned to 1st Squadron 38th Cavalry Regiment, deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Chris attained the rank of Sergeant and earned his Airborne Wings while serving throughout his career in various positions, including unit armorer, team leader, and MATV gunner. Chris attended the Army’s Warrior Leader Course, graduating with honors (Commandant’s List). Chris understands the struggles faced by families, and by Veterans. The stresses of military life took its toll on his own marriage, with him and his wife divorcing. Chris attended Illinois State University as a Political Science major with a minor in Agriculture, working on the University Farm as a Farmhand. Chris left Illinois State University to attend Parkland College to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Chris is dedicated to his community and fellow Veterans having created a non-profit paintball league to supports Veterans and Active military service members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder along with assisting them with the process of readapting to civilian life, raising $1,300 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Chris volunteers with Team Rubicon and the Champaign County Search and Rescue. Chris Aguayo was born in Elk Grove Village, IL on December 29th, 1984. Chris grew up in many cities in Illinois, including Bensenville, Des Plaines, and Wheeling, graduating from Wheeling High School in 2003. It was while attending Wheeling High School when Chris began demonstrating his leadership capabilities. While enrolled in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Chris achieved the rank of Lieutenant as well as earning the Life Scout level as a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. Two years after graduating, Chris enlisted in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout and became the first person in his family to serve in the military. Politically, Chris has become an advocate for smaller government and giving the power of governing back to the people, with a firm belief in the Constitution, maintaining his oath to uphold and defend it. Chris was an independent until January of 2015, when he became a member of the Veterans Party of America. In June of 2015, Chris became the Illinois State Chair and announced his candidacy for the United States' Senate representing Illinois. He believes that, for too long, the two parties have led to the State’s failures and short-comings. Career politicians have put their personal agendas before their Constituents as well as having run businesses and families out of the State. He wants to bring the United States and the State of Illinois back to prosperity and bring jobs back to America.

I am Mark Maslon

Massachusetts District 1

Mark Maslon was born in Ware, Massachusetts and spent his adolescent years growing up in Palmer, Massachusetts. Mark is a graduate of Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School Class of 1987. After graduation from Pathfinder Tech, Maslon enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman. His duty stations include Fort Lewis, WA, Bamberg, Federal Republic of Germany, and Fort Benning, GA. While stationed at Fort Lewis, his unit was deployed to fight the massive forest fires at Yellowstone Nation Park. Maslon was then transferred to Bamberg, Germany. While in Germany he was witness to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. During his time stationed in Bamberg, Maslon was also deployed as a fire team leader with the First Armored Division during Desert Storm. Mark was awarded his first Combat Infantryman's Badge at the end of his duties during Desert Storm. After Operation Desert Storm, he was transferred to Fort Benning, GA, where he finished his active duty military service. Following his active duty service, Mark moved back to Massachusetts became employed as a truck driver for a local mail contractor. In 1995, he started his own trucking company which contracted out to large asphalt companies including Palmer Paving Corp. and Lane Construction. In 2006, Mark decided he wanted to get back into the military and re-enlisted into the Massachusetts Army National Guard.Shortly after his re-enlistment Mark was deployed to Kosovo to conduct peacekeeping operations with his unit. Upon his return to the United States, Mark volunteered to stay at Fort Dix, NJ as an instructor. Mark participated in training over 20,000 National Guardsmen and Army Reservists before they deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark's job along with the other instructors at Fort Dix was to ensure that the units at the train up were performing to the best of the operational abilities before they shipped overseas. This is something that Mark took great pride in because he knew if he didn't do his job to the best of his abilities it could lead to soldiers who were being deployed possibly losing their lives. In 2008, Mark was employed as a equipment engineer by SAIC and the Department of Defense at Natick Labs located in Natick, Massachusetts. During his time with Natick Labs Mark and his team spent a majority of their time traveling around the world to install various types of installation on military bases world wide. In August of 2010, Mark's National Guard unit HHC 1-181 out of Worcester was again activated to deploy to Afghanistan. It was during this time that Maslon was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor device and his Combat Infantryman Badge with a Star for actions defending Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan. After returning from deployment in August of 2011, Maslon returned to Afghanistan with the Department of Defense to support the United States Army by providing his subject matter expertise on the Large Area Maintenance Shelters.Mark Maslon is currently employed at Precise Paving in Brimfield, Massachusetts as a truck driver. Mark is still in the National Guard out of Vermont. He currently serves with Bravo Troop 1-172nd CAV 86th IBCT MTN as a section sergeant for a mortar platoon. Mark enjoys serving his country as a soldier and takes pride in that along with being a truck driver. Maslon eagerly awaits the opportunity to potentially serve his community because he feels that it is time for change in his district. Maslon honestly wants to be able to get to know the people of his community better so he can serve their needs and make the community a better place for its citizens to live in.

I am Roger Gerrard

Mississippi District 3

Roger Gerrard is British by birth and has been a Naturalized US Citizen since 1958. Roger's 28 years of military service brought him to his current home of Meridian, Mississippi in 1991, with the Mississippi Air National Guard. As a civil engineer Roger helped the 186th convert from the F-4 Reconnaissance Mission to the KC-135 Aerial Refueling Mission. In Roger's 28 years of Active, Guard and Reserve military service he has served as both an Army and Air Force Inspector General, Air Force Logistics Officer, and Air Force Civil Engineering Officer. While deployed Roger served as an advisor to the Iraq Military Inspector General and USAF Logistics Advisor to the Saudi Royal Air Force. Although the Guard, Reserve and Active Forces have sent him around the world, Roger's home has remained Meridian, Mississippi. Roger holds a Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees with a strong emphasis in resource economics and law, is an inactive member of the Colorado Bar and holds three Bachelor of Science degrees in Geophysical Engineering, Mineral Engineering and Mineral Engineering – Physics from the Colorado School of Mines. Roger Gerrard believes the current two parties in Congress tend to "Do less, with more." But as an engineer, Roger has learned to "Do so much with so little for so long he can now do anything with nothing." As such, Roger vows to make Congress "Do more More, With Less." Roger lived that “can do” attitude while being a good steward of our resources, serving in the Military and he will continue to do so serving in the United States Congress. Roger's wife of 30 years passed in 2012. He has 3 grown children, Richar- studying Sociology, Jeremy-a CEC Officer in the Navy, and Ashley-a practicing Veterinarian.

I am William Ewest

Texas District 19

William Ewest was born 1970 to a Southeast Texas, Lower-Middle Class, Lutheran family of 4, living in a 3 bedroom home. He graduated high school around the middle of his class in 1988. That fall he went off to college in Louisiana. At the end of that school year he returned to his hometown' campus due to the cost of the program at Louisiana Tech. After another year in college he did not have enough money to continue so he joined the Air Force in September of 1990. William went on to graduate basic training and went to technical school as an aircraft mechanic, when he graduated tech school his first assignment was at March AFB, California which is where he met hisy wife Tracy and they had two kids Cody and Lauren. Soon after Lauren’s birth they moved to RAF Mildenhall, UK, after four years he again moved to Andrews AFB, Maryland, where his third and fourth kids Joel and Madison were born. While at Andrews William was assigned to maintain the Special Air Missions fleet, after a few years he moved up to a flying crew chief where he flew with the Vice President, Secretary of State, Defense and Treasury along with Congress and high ranking US and foreign dignitaries. It was during this time that William realized his calling for public office in that America needed leaders in office, for a change. In 2005 William was asked to move to Ramstein AB, Germany and help train maintainers on the C-40B aircraft and support the airlift of NATO and US military leadership. After six years in Germany he moved to Dyess AFB, Texas and finished up his 24 years of military service. During his time in the military William deployed to United Arabic Emirates, Egypt/Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His travels have taken him to over 80 countries, all but 3 US States and 1 US Territory. Throughout his lifetime William has worked with kids in school as well as on soccer and baseball fields, where he teaches the basics of team work, sportsmanship and leadership. William spends many hours volunteering for the community from cleaning the Vietnam/Korean War Memorials, Texas Adopt-A-Highway, supporting the United Services Organization (USO) and Veterans Cemeteries his efforts were recognized in many ways, from The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, USO volunteer pin, and many letters and awards of admiration.

I am Leo Biasiucci

Arizona State House District 5

Leo Biasiucci, 33, was born and raised in the small town of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He is a first generation Italian-American born from two Italian immigrants and is the youngest of two children. Throughout his childhood, Leo was very involved in sports. He enjoyed playing soccer, baseball, tennis, football, track and field and basketball. He has always had a competitive personality and also loved the opportunity to be part of a team. Once he entered High School, he focused on his passion, soccer, and was selected as one of only three freshmen to make the varsity soccer team. By the end of his High School career, he went on to take first team all-region honors, first team all-state honorable mention honors, multiple athlete of the week honors and the privilege of being named team captain. Aside from sports, Leo was also very involved in high school clubs and organizations. Interact-Rotary, National Honors Society, Educational Tour Group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Student Government are just to name a few. He held positions such as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. He feels that his involvement and dedication in these clubs made him the leader he is today. After High School, Leo attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a Degree in Business Administration from one of the top business schools in the United States, The Eller College of Business. While at The University of Arizona, Leo was involved in organizations such as the Sports Marketing Association and the Eller Alumni Association. He also took part in various intramural sports, satisfying his passion for athletics. During his time at The University of Arizona, Leo received scholarships from two of his employers. Wells Fargo Bank and Chase Bank awarded Leo with tuition reimbursement, allowing him to lower his costs for schooling substantially. He couldn’t feel more privileged and honored to receive the scholarship awards from both companies. After college, Leo helped his family business expand to what it has become today. Mohave Traffic School is a company who works directly with the Arizona Department of Transportation in providing citizens a traffic school class in Mohave County. Leo has assisted with this company since graduating college and feels very passionate about this line of work as it allows traffic law offenders an opportunity to understand the driving laws of Arizona and ultimately become safer drivers. He currently became a certified instructor with the National Safety Council and will now add the role of a teacher to his administrator duties. He believes that his public speaking skills and outgoing personality will not only be beneficial to students who attend this class, but also help keep the Arizona roads safer. Leo’s free time consists of playing various sports, hiking, spending time with family and friends, acting, volunteering and traveling. He is also part of the Screen Actors Guild, Masonic Lodge and is pledging for membership into the Shriners. Leo has visited over 40 countries and 39 U.S. states and feels that his understanding of other cultures will benefit him greatly in politics. Leo has always had a passion for politics. His core belief is that all politicians should follow the rule that they should do what’s best for the people, not what’s best for the corporations or self interest groups. Although our current system does have its benefits, he feels that the current political system is not working as well as it should. He feels education, health care, jobs, safety and our given constitutional rights should come first before anything. What’s best for Humanity? What’s best for making this country great again? What can I do to make sure we the people are the number one priority? Those are the questions Leo asks himself each time he looks at politics. These are the questions he will ask himself when voting for or creating a new bill. He wants to be in a position where he can represent the people of this great state and country. Most importantly, Leo will listen to the wants and needs of the people because he believes that should be every politicians number one priority.

I am Vincent Zilka

Wisconsin Assembly District 28

I am Nick Philo

Alaska Wasilla City Council

Nick Philo was born in Anchorage, Alaska on June 1st 1983 and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. He enlisted the United States Army in December of 2004 as a field artilleryman. He was stationed at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma from where her deployed to Mosul, Iraq from 2005 to 2006. After his enlistment in the Army he returned home to Alaska where he began his career in the automotive repair industry. Nick attended the welding certification program through Charter College in Anchorage. After graduating, Nick went to work as a welder/fabricator. He moved to Wasilla Alaska in July of 2014 and continued working as a structural welder until 2015 when his career was ended due to an injury to his lower back. Nick Philo was raised as a Christian conservative from his childhood. After realizing that neither of the two major political parties had the interest of the people in mind, he started looking for a more trustworthy political party that identified closer to his Constitutional beliefs. After finding the Veterans Party of Alaska he began to pursue the idea of running for office in the city of Wasilla. Nick Philo strongly believes that the Constitution of the United States was written to guarantee the natural rights that every American citizen was born with. He believes that the citizens of the United States are the true power and strength of America. He believes in small government and the individual rights of the people. His passion and desire is to restore the Constitution of The United States and to give the people of America their voice back.

I am Dave Crane

Kentucky Owensboro Mayor

Dave Crane was born in 1970 in Owensboro, Kentucky. His father was in Army and Dave grew up knowing he wanted to also serve one day. The family made numerous moves to accommodate his fathers career but they would always return home to Owensboro. Dave spent last three years of High School in Tell City, IN graduating in 1988. He enlisted in Marines at age 17 and was shipped to Parris Island MCRD. Dave served four years on active duty being honorably discharged in 1992 and he returned to Kentucky home. Once Dave was was settled back in his hometown of Owensboro he started college at Brescia College (Now Brescia University). Dave graduated with a B.A. in secondary art education. During his college years he was a member of the Indiana Army Guard. After college Dave moved to Louisville, KY and transferred to the Air National Guard. The events of 9/11 caused Dave to be activated to Federal service during which he would make several deployments, including Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and a few other places. He would end up making six Middle East deployments in total. During all of this Dave acquired enough time for retirement from the military and he was honorable discharged and retired in Oct of 2009. Dave currently reside in Owensboro, KY where he is employed as a maintenance supervisor.

Chris Keniston

Presidential Candidate

Chris Keniston was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC on January 19

Deacon Taylor

Vice Presidential Candidate

Deacon Taylor is a typical everyday American. Deacon grew on a family ranch in N

Chris Aguayo

Illinois US Senate

Chris was assigned to 2nd Squadron 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, TX.

Mark Maslon

Massachusetts District 1

Mark Maslon was born in Ware, Massachusetts and spent his adolescent years growi

Roger Gerrard

Mississippi District 3

Roger Gerrard is British by birth and has been a Naturalized US Citizen since 19

William Ewest

Texas District 19

William Ewest was born 1970 to a Southeast Texas, Lower-Middle Class, Lutheran f

Leo Biasiucci

Arizona State House District 5

Leo Biasiucci, 33, was born and raised in the small town of Lake Havasu City, Ar

Vincent Zilka

Wisconsin Assembly District 28

Nick Philo

Alaska Wasilla City Council

Nick Philo was born in Anchorage, Alaska on June 1st 1983 and raised in Eagle Ri

Dave Crane

Kentucky Owensboro Mayor

Dave Crane was born in 1970 in Owensboro, Kentucky. His father was in Army and D