Rupert Boneham may run for governor of Indiana as a libertarian

Rupert Boneham, who’s appeared on Survivor three times and is instantly recognizable thanks to his bushy beard and tie-dyed shirt, may run for governor of Indiana as a Libertarian.

The Indianapolis Star reports that “Boneham filed papers with the the Indiana Election Division this week to form an exploratory committee to run as a Libertarian.” There’s enthusiasm for his candidacy: Indiana Libertarian party chair Sam Goldstein told WIBC that Rupert “reach out to disaffected voters, to people who have never voted, to younger voters. I was at two events with him and he had hordes of people following him around.”

Rupert has launched RupertForGovernor.com, on which he writes, in part,

“I have spent my entire adult life serving my community and I see an opportunity to make a difference for Indiana. While surveying the current choices for our next Governor, I do not see anyone that has an understanding of what daily life is like for many Hoosiers nor anyone who appears to understand the harm that misguided government policies are doing to our communities. [...] While I may be best known for my time spent on the television show Survivor, I feel my greatest achievement has been working with troubled youth through my non-profit charity, Rupert’s Kids. With Rupert’s Kids we have successfully taken youth with troubled pasts and given them a sense of purpose and self worth while opening a world of opportunity to them. By helping them become confident and productive members of society they learn the value of eduction and a strong work ethic. I have operated my charity for over 20 years without government handouts. Over time, it has become more difficult to help people because of government red tape and roadblocks. This has prompted my decision to explore bringing back the principles of hard work and self-reliance to Hoosier government.”

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