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