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article imageCat 'Tuxedo Stan' runs for mayor of Halifax, becomes web star

By Andrew Moran     Sep 19, 2012 in Politics
Halifax - Tuxedo Stan for mayor? Although bylaws prevent him from officially having his name appear on the ballot, Stan, representing the Tuxedo Party, is campaigning on a platform of improving the welfare of his fellow felines in the Halifax Municipal Region.
The Internet has a new star and his name is Tuxedo Stan. The three-year-old black and white feline is heating up the October mayoral race in Halifax, which has a field of six candidates: Fred Connors, Aaron Eisses, Steve Mackie, Tom Martin, Robert McCormack and Mike Savage. Unfortunately for the six men vying for the mayor’s seat, none of them are as popular as Tuxedo Stan.
What was started in June, the Tuxedo Party of Canada has gained media attention worldwide and its leader has already generated more than 2,300 Facebook fans. Stan, who was born of a feral mother, is hoping to help the homeless cats of Halifax in this election.
Like any other politician who runs for a major seat, Stan’s campaign slogan is: “Because negligence isn’t working.”
Campaign buttons, T-shirts, lawn signs and other election material can be purchased at local Pet-Valu stores and the proceeds will go toward the Spay Day initiative to help low-income families to spay or neuter their cats.
“There are literally thousands of homeless cats - feral and abandoned - who live by their willpower in the back alleys and streets and bushes in HRM," Hugh Chisholm, Tuxedo Stan's campaign manager and owner, in an interview with the Chronicle Herald.
“There is very little people can do if they want to help, because there is no pound. If there's a lost or injured dog, you can call the pound and they will come and take the dog and give it a place to stay, and some food and care. But if you do the same thing with a cat, you get nothing, because there's nothing in place.”
Opponents of Tuxedo Stan Tweeted that they attended his Sept. 10 launch party that was standing room only.
“I'm just glad I'm not running against Tuxedo Stan. He is everywhere these days. #hfxpoli," wrote Wayne Mason, the vice-chair of the board of commissioners for the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission, on Twitter.
Due to municipal bylaws, cats cannot hold public office. If elected, he would be another cat mayor akin to Stubbs, the tourism-promoting Tabby who has maintained the unofficial title of Cat Mayor of Alaska for more than a decade.
“I feel very fortunate to live in Catopia. I've never known hunger, cold or abuse. I sleep in a warm, cozy bed every night. I get to play in a safe fenced yard every day.” said Tuxedo Stan on Sunday in a statement on Facebook. “Unfortunately, there are cats all over the world who aren't so lucky. You can help by donating money or time to a local rescue group. For those of you who do – a big Tuxedo Stan THANK MEOW!"
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