Since the election of Donald Trump, many people you wouldn’t think had aspirations of holding office have publicly considered runs. Considering Trump was new to politics when he decided to run, it’s not surprising he has inspired so many copycats. If Trump can do it, why not anyone?
Of course, Trump brought a wealth of experience in business to the campaign. As one of the most successful people in the world, that experience can translate well into elected office. So while Trump rightfully aspired to the highest office in the land, many aren’t going as far as he is with their goals.
Although some of the people planning a run for office have been a surprise, the newest person to add his name to the mix might be the most surprising of all. Shaquille O’Neal, better known to his legions of fans as ‘Shaq,’ says he has aspirations of a run himself.
From The Hill:
Shaquille O’Neal plans to run for sheriff, but he isn’t saying where yet.
“In 2020, I plan on running for sheriff,” the basketball legend better known as “Shaq” told the NBC affiliate station in Atlanta.
The NBA Hall of Famer turned TV analyst made clear that his aspirations were in no way politically motivated:
“This is not about politics for me,” he added. “This is something I always wanted to do. It’s about bringing people closer together. You know, when I was coming up, people loved and respected the police, the deputies. And, I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community I serve.”
As to where he might run, Shaq hasn’t made a decision yet:
Shaq is eligible to run for sheriff in Henry County, Ga. He also has residency in Florida, as well as time before the 2020 election to establish residency somewhere else.
“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” he says.
However, Shaq isn’t exactly new to law enforcement. In fact, he’s been involved in this new career path since he retired from basketball:
Shaq has pursued a secondary career in law enforcement since retiring from the NBA in 2011. Most recently, he was sworn in as a deputy in the Atlanta suburbs last December.
With the name recognition and popularity he enjoys, it’s not hard to see Shaq running a winning campaign. After all, “Shaq for Sheriff” does have a bit of a ring to it.
Whether or not he goes through with the plan still remains to be seen. However, more and more people are indicating aspirations of serving their communities. Ultimately, that’s a positive trend.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]