2016 President Election Candidates: Former Homeless Man With Golden Voice Ted Williams Says He Is Running
Ted Williams, the former homeless U.S. Army veteran turned Internet sensation, plans to jump into the 2016 presidential race.
Williams was first discovered on the streets of Ohio in 2011 by a videographer with The Columbus Dispatch. Back then, he was a homeless recovering drug addict who was looking for work as a voice actor. Although he went to school to hone his God-given talent, Williams admitted that he got caught up with drugs and alcohol and hit rock bottom. However, he managed to remain sober for two years.
In a video that was published by The Columbus Dispatch, the veteran is seen standing near a busy road, holding a sign that read:
"I have a God given gift of voice, I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully [sic] appreciated. Thank you and God bless you / happy holidays," reports Social News Daily.
The video quickly went viral and he became known as "the Man with the Golden Voice." As a result, several media outlets reached out to him offering him recording jobs and voice over work. However, along with his new found fame, he began drinking again and had a very public battle with alcoholism.
Now, Williams says that he is sober and wants to run for office. Last week, he announced on Scott Spears' "Now" radio program on WWGH-FM that he's running for president as an Independent, reports The Associated Press. Williams said his campaign will focus on fair housing, veterans' issues, jobs and improving schools.
Williams also said that he has made recent appearances a guest speaker at corporate events and other engagements. However, he has yet to establish a campaign staff or detail how he plans to raise money.
Watch the viral video of Ted Williams below.