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N.Y. Man Rents Self-Storage Unit to Qualify for Mayor Race in Canadian City


An ice salesman from Niagara Falls, N.Y., found a loophole in a Canadian city’s election laws so he could run for mayor outside of his home town.

John Beam rented a self-storage unit in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, which made him eligible to run in the city’s mayoral race. Rather than rent an apartment to establish residency, the 51-year-old decided to rent a self-storage unit for $50 a month.

To qualify as a candidate in a municipal election in St. Catharine’s, a person must be a resident of the municipality, a non-resident landowner or tenant of land. Beam’s rental of a 25-square-foot self-storage unit qualifies him as a tenant.

Beam is also using his storage-unit savings as an election platform, claiming he’s focused on cutting cost and finding innovative ways to fund big projects such as free public transit and a new hockey arena.

Beam will run against incumbent Brian McMullan.

Source:  The Standard,  From Storage Locker to Mayor’s Chair

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