'Ferocious' nudist runs for county sheriff post in Washington

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:27 PM ET

An 87-year-old nudist running for county sheriff in Washington state says he's pretty "ferocious."

But ask Dave Olinger's wife, Kay, and she'll tell you, "He watches too much Jon Stewart."

Olinger called his local paper, the South Whidbey Record, when he decided to run as a write-in candidate for Island County sheriff. He would need at least 180 write-in votes in the primary, which was held Tuesday but won't be counted until a later date. Results will be confirmed Aug. 19.

Olinger said he recently got a new pair of glasses and set of hearing aids, so he thought it was the "right time to give it a try."

Standing with a rifle in hand and no shirt on, Olinger said he's "pretty ferocious" and was hoping to emulate a similar photo taken of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Olinger was a marksman in the Second World War and has a degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


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