Anyone Can Run for President

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It may not be true that anyone can grow up to be President of the United States, but it does appear to be true that just about anyone can be a candidate in the presidential primaries.

I came across an item in The Hill that lists all of the declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination up to about June 20, 2015.

If you have accepted the common perception that the field is very over-crowded, the following list of the declared candidates whom you have truly never heard of may make your head spin. I have omitted all of those candidates with any national name recognition.

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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