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Nobody Ran To Become The Mayor Of A Town In New Hampshire

Nobody Ran To Become The Mayor Of A Town In New Hampshire

A man changed his name to Nobody and stood for office in a town in the United States.

The computer programmer-turned-political activist legally changed his name a few months ago with the intention of becoming the Mayor of Keene, New Hampshire.

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Speaking to the Associated Press, Nobody said his aim was to reduce the amount of government interference in people's lives.

He said: "I made it [the name change] because I intended to run for office and there's a lot of jobs in government that Nobody should do.

Credit: WHDH
Credit: WHDH

"What I'd like to do in any political position is as little as possible and by that I mean shrink the government down as much as I can."

Nobody, a nonpartisan candidate, was standing against two city councillors in the preliminary election. The two who received the most votes will now go head to head in the mayoral race.

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He was up against Republican George Hansel and Democrat Mitch Greenwald, who are both hoping to take over from the retiring incumbent Kendall W. Lane.

And while he didn't quite make the cut - losing by more than 1,000 votes to his opponents - Nobody says he has a plan B to fall back on right away.

Speaking ahead of the vote, he said: "I think if I don't get mayor, I'm going to run for governor tomorrow."

Credit: WHDH
Credit: WHDH

But the election wasn't the first time Nobody has been involved in politics. In the past he has been arrested by local police on 11 occasions during protests.

He explained: "There was one arrest which was by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and believe it or not they came to arrest me for a pound of weed."

Prior to the vote, Nobody thought he stood a fair chance of making an impression, and received some good feedback in the community.

Speaking to the Bostom Globe, the Michigan native said: "I am getting a lot of good response. The last time that I went to the liquor store there is this guy in there and he says 'you are running for mayor' and I am like 'yeah I am.' I was like 'groovy'."

Commenting on the bizarre story, fellow candidate Hansel said: "It wouldn't be Keene without a quirky story."

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Topics: Interesting, US News, Weird, politics

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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