(Indianapolis, Ind.) - “Survivor” fan favorite Rupert Boneham is hoping he is just as popular with Indiana voters as he was with viewers.
The former reality show contestant announced Tuesday he is entering the race for Indiana governor. Boneham has filed paperwork to establish an exploratory committee as a Libertarian candidate in 2012.
Rupert says he hopes to be Indiana’s version of former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.
"I do not see anyone that has an understanding of what daily life is like for many Hoosiers nor anyone who appears to understand the harm that misguided government policies are doing to our communities," Boneham said on his website. "It is obvious that career politicians are not the answer because they are often the problem."
Boneham, 47, would give Hoosier voters a third choice on the ballot aside from favorites Mike Pence, a Republican, and John Gregg, a Democrat.
Indiana Democratic Party chairman Dan Parker wouldn't write him off.
“It will be interesting to see what ideas, I don’t know if I should call him Rupert of Mr. Boneham, brings to the race. It’s a competition of ideas and hopefully he brings some good ones,” Parker said.
Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb did not appear concerned about some star power in a third-party gubernatorial candidate.
“There’s a lot of time between now and next November’s election so we’ll see who’s left on the island post primary election day next year,” said Holcomb.
Boneham has a press conference is scheduled for Wednesday to reveal more of his campaign platform.
The reality star won a million dollar prize on a special episode of Survivor: All-Stars. The prize was awarded after a nationwide popular vote in which Boneham received 85% of the votes cast.