LOS ANGELES (CBSDC) – A corporation is hoping to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.
Farmscape, a company that specializes in creating urban farmlands, has put itself on the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral ballot.
In a statement on its campaign page, the group said when “the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations have the same rights in political expression as human people, Farmscape knew it was time to get involved.”
Some of the issues that Farmscape is running on include getting tough on raccoons, appointing a Compostmaster General and to “Till, Baby, Till!” to end dependence on foreign soil.
A representative from Farmscape put in the paperwork on April 18 to register the company to vote, a requirement to run for public office.
The video Farmscape released of the registration showed the representative being bounced from department to department in the County Recorder’s office until finally being able to submit the paperwork.
Currently, there has not been any visible effort from the city to stop Farmscape’s campaign.
“They did seem to think we were confused, or maybe even dumb, but they were very good sports,” Farmscape spokeswoman Rachel Bailin told CBSDC. “They have been very kind, helpful, and competent.”
Farmscape says it is willing to go through the campaign, and in the case of victory, it will assume the duties of mayor.
“Farmscape would like to turn Los Angeles into an edible paradise,” Bailin said. “We would be honored and excited to serve as mayor, toward this end.”
But the logistics of running would be different compared to a normal candidate. For example, how would Farmscape debate other candidates?
“We would need a stretch-podium, and wide angle camera coverage,” Bailin explained, because all 12 stakeholders from Farmscape would be on stage.
With the group’s tongue-in-cheek campaign promises and sunny disposition, Bailin says that residents are responding positively to the campaign.
“In particular, they are very excited to see a candidate outside of the political mainstream offering a platform for ReFarm,” Bailin said. “Angelenos want the city to grow, and grow food.”
Even with the Citizens United ruling, Farmscape still has a legal hurdle to overcome. Although it has put in the paperwork to vote, it doesn’t mean that they have to right to.
According to Bernie Mariscal from the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office, there are a few qualifications in order to be eligible to become a candidate.
A candidate needs to be 18 years of age, reside in the city for 30 days before they file a declaration of candidacy, and be registered to vote.
However, only individuals are given the right to vote and “unless a person’s legal name is Microsoft, only individuals can vote,” Mariscal told CBSDC.
Although Farmscape has put in the paperwork to become a registered voter, it has not received a voter registration card yet. If they don’t receive a card, Farmscape is willing to fight.
“We are in the process of finding legal counsel to aide our cause,” Bailin says. “We would then deliberate our next course of action from there. Hopefully, the Supreme Court ruling will be on our side.”