On June 3, John Van Doorn, a candidate hoping to unseat District 5 county supervisor Bill Horn, held an American flag and waved at cars from an Interstate 15 overpass in Escondido.
While red-faced and covered in perspiration, he flashed a big grin and explained that he wanted "to make face and eye contact with voters who were caught in the traffic jam." He had arrived at 3:30 p.m. and planned to leave at 7:30 p.m.
"The [San Diego] County Board of Supervisors is the most powerful and corrupt institution in America," he said, "and I'm going against my party [the Republican Party] for saying that." Although it couldn't be seen from Via Rancho Parkway, Van Doorn had hung a large banner on a fence so that voters on the freeway could identify the man with the flag.
With horns honking, he said he plans to continue his unusual campaign method on an Interstate 5 overpass on June 4 and an SR-78 overpass on June 5.
"This [running for office],” he said, “is my calling as a Christian and a man who never served in the military."