MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A fugitive from Minnesota now living in Rome has filed as an official presidential candidate on the Republican ballot in the New Hampshire primary.
Jack Shepard, a former dentist in Minneapolis, is wanted in connection with a 23-year-old arson charge alleging he set fire to his office in 1982, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday, a crime which he denies. In the early 1980s, he also pleaded guilty to drug possession and sexual assault charges and didn't complete his probation.
This isn't Shepard's first foray into politics. The Republican ran long-distance campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 2002 and for Minnesota's 4th District congressional seat in 2004 and 2006. He lost big time in all three GOP primaries.
Shepard listed St. Paul, Minn., as his permanent address and Rome as a temporary home on his application that sent to New Hampshire officials via courier.