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Giggles the micro pig is running for mayor

Let’s hope she doesn’t tell any porkies during her campaign,

11053582_845482828862703_1644203032974919772_n Source: Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor via Facebook

A SOLICITOR IN the United States wants to enter his pet pig into the Flint mayoral race after a mix-up threatened to keep candidates’ names off the primary election ballot.

Michael Ewing started the “Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor” effort after learning that the August primary election could be skipped unless a judge intervenes and all candidates would have to file as write-ins for the November general election, The Flint Journal reported.

Giggles’ candidacy seeks to draw more attention to the mayoral race, better educate voters about their choices and encourage residents to demand more of elected officials, Ewing said. He plans to take his pig to the streets to let people meet Giggles.

“I don’t want to turn it into a laughingstock,” Ewing said.

I don’t know how else to get people to pay attention.

State elections officials have said that Flint’s clerk mistakenly told candidates that nominating petitions were due by April 28, but candidates later were told they missed the actual deadline by a week. State law doesn’t permit a clerk to extend a deadline.

A post on the Giggles The Pig for Flint Mayor Facebook says the plan was hatched as one council member who announced they were running for mayor had been convicted of murder, while another “was recently convicted for driving his car while drunk on the highway with three flat tires—while driving the wrong direction on the highway”.

Mayoral candidate Karen Weaver called Giggles’ candidacy and the deadline problem a “mockery of the democratic process”.

“I didn’t see any pig walking around getting signatures,” Weaver said.

City councilman and mayoral candidate Wantwaz Davis also took issue with Giggles’ campaign.

“Putting a pig in a race is an offence to the character and moral value we’re trying to exemplify in the city,” Davis said.

Another candidate, Eric Mays, asked:

Does the pig know about economic development? Does a pig know about quality water?

Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder declared an end to a financial emergency in Flint. The city has been run by four emergency managers since 2011 and control is being returned to local officials, although a five-member transition board will have a significant role.

“If we elect someone who is not up to the challenge, we’ll be right back to the state of Michigan emergency manager again,” Ewing said.

Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan

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