Karthik Sundaram, one of the candidate’s friends, said Opere first brought the idea up to him in the summer of 2015.
Although they vaguely discussed Opere’s intentions, Sundaram said that Opere was mostly there to support him during a tough time in his life.
“We talked about the issues that were going on in my life at that time and he was just relating to them with stories from his past,” Sundaram said.
Outside of his political ambitions and his support as a friend, Opere is a phenomenal soccer player, said Morgan Pergande, a member of his intramural team.
“He brought this whole group of people together from a bunch of different areas, and it was nice how diverse that team was,” Pergande said.
Pergande and Opere’s team won the soccer intramural championship.
“I was the goalie and he was the forward, and he ran all the way back down the field and jumped on my shoulders and we ran off the field,” Pergande said.
Tony Asher, another of Opere’s friends, said he would find Opere watching Chelsea games early in the morning.