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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kardashian for Mayor?

Our chapter on elections and campaigns explains that different states and communities differ greatly in their electoral rules and in the number and duties of their elected offices.  These differences sometimes surprise political novices.  One California example comes from The Glendale News-Press:
Kim Kardashian apparently wants more than just her regular table at the Carousel restaurant in Glendale.

In a clip for an upcoming episode for her sister’s show “Khloe & Lamar,” Kardashian reveals her newfound political ambitions: “I decided I’m going to run for the mayor of Glendale.”

Representatives for the reality TV star did not immediately respond to requests for comment on her latest musings, published Tuesday by

In the clip, Kardashian tells sister Khloe that her candidacy would be a perfect fit, given that Glendale is “like Armenian town.”

Problem: Glendale does not elect its mayor. The largely ceremonial post is decided among the five City Council members on an annual basis — an indication that the Kardashian famous for her curves, pop drama and occasional visit to Carousel restaurant in downtown Glendale may need to brush up on the city she says she wants to represent.

“It’s going to require a little bit of homework and not simply relying on a perceived base of support,” said the city’s elected clerk, Ardy Kassakhian, who runs municipal elections.