Over the past two months, I researched and wrote a Wikipedia article about the 2000 presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Trump had sought the presidential nomination of the Reform Party of the United States. Today, the article appears on the front page of Wikipedia in its “Did You Know” series. Continue Reading
Longtime Prohibition Party activist Leroy Pletten died earlier this year at the age of 68. Pletten, an anti-smoking activist, differed from his fellow party members in holding generally progressive views. In 2004 and 2008, as the running mate of Gene Amondson, Pletten served as the party’s vice presidential nominee. In addition, he had a major role in the party split between 2003 and 2007 as leader of the faction opposing multi-time presidential nominee Earl Dodge. His advocacy against Dodge continued after Dodge’s 2007 death, spreading even to wikipedia.
Jim Rogers, best remembered as a mysterious political candidate who had unlikely successes, died on Tuesday at the age of 79 in Durant, Oklahoma.
According to his obituary on the Brown’s Funeral Service website, Rogers was a professor who taught at universities, community colleges, and high schools throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. He specialized in Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. The obituary makes no mention of Rogers’s numerous political campaigns. Continue Reading
On the page for the 2016 presidential election, Wikipedia lists all FEC-filed candidates who satisfy that site’s notability guidelines. Those currently meeting this criteria include Independents Terry Jones and Robby Wells, Democrat Jeff Boss, and Republican Jack Fellure.
Recently, a Wikipedia editor added to the page another candidate who meets the criteria.