A politician best described as an eternal candidate has passed away.
Shawn O’Hara, who ran for several offices in Mississippi, has died at the age of 60.
If there was one thing that was consistent in the state of Mississippi, it was that there would be an O’Hara on the ballot in some shape or form during an election.
His quest for office first started in 1991.
O’Hara ran for governor as an independent and he received less than two percent of the vote.
He would run for governor again as well as congressman.
Even the local office of being mayor for Hattiesburg was on his radar, but he never managed to win the election.
After running for those offices as an independent, he registered as a Democrat to run for governor again in 1995.
In 1996, as a Democrat, he ran for the U.S. Senate… and lost.
O’Hara apparently thought switching parties yet again was the answer, so he ran for multiple offices in 1997 and 1998 as a Republican.
Different party, same conclusion.
Johnny DuPree, who once ran against O’Hara for mayor of Hattiesburg, and won, stated, “Shawn was very dependable. You could always depend on Shawn running for office.”
One Last Run
O’Hara died as he lived most of his adult life… running for office.
The perennial candidate was once again on the ballot, this time as a Reform Party candidate in the U.S. Senate race.
Things were obviously amiss for O’Hara health-wise, though, as he did not actually vote in the election.
During a police welfare check, his body was found dead in his home.
Police were not exactly sure when he died, but due to his not voting and the decomposition, they believe he did die before November 6.