Ryan McGreal, best known as a fervent fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and for his role as editor of Raise the Hammer, has announced his candidacy for the 2010 Municipal Election.
McGreal is running in little-known Ward 16, a small but vibrant neighbourhood situated in the North-East corner of Burlington Bay.
Ward 16 (Farr Island)
McGreal announced his candidacy at a hastily-called press conference on the small patch of rocky gravel situated in the center of the ward. Wearing a crisply pressed brown suit that appeared to be stained in places by bird feces, he outlined his vision for Hamilton, which he called "inclusive".
"I believe in an inclusive City Council, one that governs on behalf of all Hamiltonians, whether rich or poor, black or white, human or avian."
At times straining to be heard over the cacophony of the numerous supporters that flocked around him, McGreal directly addressed critics who have pointed out that he does not live in Ward 16, promising to move there "at the earliest opportunity", which will most likely be next summer.
Confessing that he's concerned he'll feel lonely on the island, since his wife and children have adamantly refused to leave their home in Ward 1, McGreal said that he's looking forward to enjoying the stunning waterfront view.
His first project, if elected? Connecting Ward 16 to the mainland.
"Some have said it's a bridge too far, but I fully intend to build a bridge to Farr," chuckled McGreal. "Get it? A bridge to Farr - a bridge too far..."
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