Voters who are tired of big government and the taxes necessary to run it should take a closer look at the American Party, says the party's Utah County chairman.

Sterling D. Allan, a candidate for House District 63, calls the American Party a party of destiny. He said Utahns, if they'll accept their responsibilities, have "an important role to play in preserving the Constitution from erosion by individuals who favor coercion over freedom."Allan faces Republican candidate Jordan Tanner in the general election Nov. 6.

While Democratic Party candidates were absent from last week's primary balloting, Republican and American Party candidates totaled nearly a dozen each.

"This is the first time that Utah County has seen so many American Party candidates running in the primaries," Allan said. "I think the reason for that is that this is a conservative area. The Democrats realize that."

He said government has no right to redistribute wealth and that social programs should be administered by voluntary organizations, not governmental bureaucracies.

"The American Party platform is in much closer alignment with people's views about the Constitution, and it's a matter of getting enough people to realize that."

Regardless of how well his party does in the general election, Allan said, American Party candidates will continue running for office in order to educate people about the party platform.

"Eventually, we're going to have a good showing in the polls as people get fed up with obese government and exorbitant taxes," he said. "While the Democratic Party is on the decline, the American Party is the party of destiny."

Most Americans may not realize it, Allan said, but basic constitutional freedoms are in jeopardy.

"The conservative individuals in District 63 deserve to be represented by someone who shares in their desire to reduce the size of government and return to the principle of individual responsibility," he said.