Former Division 1 football player and health and fitness advocate Zack Strength recently announced his intention to seek the Prohibition Party presidential nomination. He declared his campaign for president on Twitter in late February, saying he intends to “improve the nation through health.”
Strength, who legally goes by the last name Kusnir, was a former Division I football player. He played defensive tackle at the University of Southern California before being forced out due to an injury. However, he soon entered the world of health and fitness, started adhering to the Keto diet, and began offering lessons on how others can do the same.
Kusnir landed on the Prohibition Party’s radar after writing an essay on the topic of regenerative farming—or an approach to agriculture that values soil health and overall biodiversity. As a party member, he would eventually join the national leadership as its treasurer.
Currently, his official campaign site only references his personal background and life story; however, he has spoken out elsewhere on issues important to his campaign. Chief among them is an education campaign on the detriments of processed and chemical-laden foods and the benefits of refraining from alcohol and unnecessary prescriptions. To that end, Strength wants to make whole, natural foods more accessible and to incentivize local farming.
Kusnir has also spoken out against the current state of affordable housing and denounced President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy.
“The government has an overspending problem which needs to be addressed,” Kusnir said in a recent interview with Newsweek. “The budget and spending must be audited in order to eliminate unnecessary spending, which will reduce the national debt as well as make available funds to reallocate to items that will put less financial strain on Americans.”
The Prohibition Party is the oldest existing third party in the United States and the third-longest active party. It seeks to advance “social and political reforms aimed at protecting life, advancing public wellbeing, promoting good governance, and upholding ethical public service.” The party reports a presence in at least eleven states.
Editor’s note: Zack Kusnir’s legal last name and what will appear on a presidential ballot is “Kusnir.” Previous versions of this article list his last name as “Strength, “a common alias used on his professional social media accounts; however, it has since been changed for clarity.