A 101-year-old Sarasota man feels that he’s learned enough during his lifetime to have a successful stint in Congress. That’s why centenarian Joe Newman is running for a chance to represent Florida's 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“At what age does a person become too old to think and reason? At what age does a person no longer have a concern for society? At what age does a person no longer have a responsibility to act when acting may help?” Newman said on his website.
"Joe Newman has been a fiery advocate of social change for more than a half-century," according to his website. "His lifelong accomplishments force people to reevaluate what they believe can be done in a single lifetime."
Newman, who calls himself an Anthropological Progressive, has seen the U.S. go through many ups and downs during his long life, including the Great Depression when he was just 16.
"If people are saying, who is this fool at 101 and running? Call me a fool. I'm sorry, but I've got to get out and convince John and convince Jim, hey think!" Newman told WFLA. "What is the best thing our society can do and what is the responsibility of our society? My hope is that we get a chance to speak out and make people reflect on what you want from your society."
Although it seems unlikely that Newman will win, he’s going to give it his best shot. He will be running as a write-in candidate during this fall's election against incumbent Rep. Vern Buchanan.