Local man running for president

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MAHOMET — Central Illinois voters have another choice on the ballot. Matt Anderson says he registered as a write-in candidate in a handful of counties. If you’re still undecided, he could be your man.

He’s not really serious about running. The whole thing started as a joke, but it’s a joke that actually works. Since Anderson went to the trouble to register, votes for him could actually count. Here’s how his campaign is going.

“Aliens love underpants,” read Anderson to his son, “It’s lucky that they do. For underpants saved our Universe.”

It’s a big night for most presidential candidates, but Matt Anderson is taking time to read a book about aliens and underpants to his son, Max. Max was born on election night four years ago. His father says celebrating his birthday is more important than running a campaign.

“I thought, you know, I’m old enough, and I have lots of friends and family that are unhappy with the situation as well, so why not put my name out there and give them an excuse to get out and vote.”

Why not? Anderson works as a lawyer, but he also has a degree in political science. Despite the odds against winning, he says there is a point to be made.

“I think it’s important to know that ballot access plays a key in all of this. It’s not easy to register as a write-in in the state of Illinois.”

But he filed the paperwork anyway. How many votes does he expect to get?

“I’d be happy with anything over one.”  

Will he vote for himself?

“You know, I’m going to keep that private.”

So even if Anderson’s campaign is a bit of a joke, he says so is having to choose between Trump and Clinton. And besides, his campaign staff is more worried about underpants, anyway.

“If we can’t stand on principle, even in the face of defeat, why be principled at all?”

Anderson says he’s a limited-government, fiscal conservative who usually leans to the right. If elected, he says his first act in office would be to try to balance the federal budget.

You can write Anderson in if you live in Champaign, Sangamon or McLean counties. He’s also registered in a few counties east of St. Louis.

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