It’s not hard to reach presidential candidate Ryan Shepard; he doesn’t have a media relations office or a slick-tongued press secretary.
Shepard, 40, is a bartender at Roc Brewing Co. in Rochester, N.Y., while also working toward a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at nearby SUNY Brockport. He plans to enroll in an master of fine arts writing program after he graduates.
He is also just as much a candidate for U.S. president as Ted Cruz, who was billed by many as the first and only candidate to file so far.
“I’m doing something,” says Shepard, when asked about his campaign. “You know, people can complain about the government all they want, but you see very few people actually attempting to do anything. A lot of those people don’t even vote.”
Cruz got 13,000 retweets when he announced on Twitter. Shepard shared a photo announcing his campaign on Facebook, and got eight likes.
You can read and listen to the rest of this piece, as it originally aired nationally on All Things Considered on April 6 , 2015.