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87-year-old nudist running for sheriff in Washington; likes his odds

latimes.com

An 87-year old man is running for sheriff in Washington state because sometimes, as he says, letters seeking change are just not enough.

“I think he watches too much of that Jon Stewart,” his wife, Kay, said of the “Daily Show” being a contributing factor to her husband becoming a write-in candidate for Island County sheriff.

Olinger, who has a political science degree from UC Berkeley, said the incumbent sheriff, Mark Brown, was running unopposed and as a Republican.

“It is a position that is not supposed to be associated with a political party,” Olinger said.

Now Olinger is trying to even the party odds, he said, and should he get 1% of the vote during Tuesday night’s primary, he will be on the November ballot.

Olinger’s wife said he was serious about the race but was generally carefree otherwise.

“Well, it’s not as if he walks around everywhere naked, but he does like to lay out in the sun naked,” she said.

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