The Sun City West resident known as Van the Radio Man wears a lot of hats. He is renown for his colossal ego and as a dedicated vote splitting spoiler on behalf of John McCain. He is also known as a perennial candidate who has never won a single race he’s entered.
In 2012, he ran as a write-in candidate for the Arizona House, challenging conservative incumbent Steve Montenegro. In that race, Montenegro received 39,372 votes (51.7%) Van, whose actual name is Clair Van Steenwyk, received 110 votes (0.1%).
But lack of support does not dissuade this candidate.
Here we see the man with penchants for pacing and random capitalization filed his paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate on May 2, 2016. But he’s also covering his bases, running for the U.S. House of Representatives, in Congressional District 8, where he is once again challenging U. S. Rep. Trent Franks. He filed that affidavit on May 27, 2016.
Running in the Congressional District requires 3,999 valid signatures. It’s a bit tougher to make the ballot as a senatorial candidate. That race requires 10,234 valid signatures. Then again, in this uncertain economy, having a backup job could be prudent, even for the retiree.
Ego aside, the overriding question remains: Is running for two separate federal offices simultaneously even legal?