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Man dressed as clown running for city council seat

BOSTON (AP) — A man dressed as a clown is running for a city council seat in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports that Roxbury resident Pat Payaso will be on the November ballot along with seven other candidates for an at-large city council seat. The candidate’s last name means clown in Spanish.

Payaso donned a rainbow wig, red nose and clown makeup in recent campaign photos and videos on social media.

The newspaper reports he registered his campaign with the state in April and has $45 in his campaign account.

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George says that Payaso is making a “mockery” of the election. Payaso didn’t immediately comment.

The four candidates receiving the most votes in the race earn a seat on the 13-member council.

In a campaign video posted on Youtube, a clown promises to "kiss the most babies," get kids into good schools and improve affordable housing. The video takes a satirical turn after the clown promises to "waste money on signs, not schools." and posts #Payaso posters over signs featuring current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's name.


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