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  • amidst a polarizing election season, a neighborhood in Oakland, California, is putting on a much friendlier race.


  • Here on 55th Street, the candidates for mayor are more focused on napping, cuddling and playing than they are partisan bickering.


  • Let's go see your constituents.


  • Mary Owen, a 57 year old project manager whose 11 year old Shiba Inu Mimi is running, called the contest a much needed reprieve from the animosity shown in the nation's capital.


  • Well, Mimi is running for mayor of 55th Street.


  • Her campaign slogan is She'll bark when it matters.

    她的競選口號是 "關鍵時刻她會叫"。

  • You know, honestly, I think everyone just needs a little levity from this anxiety filled election season.

    你知道,說實話,我認為每個人都只是需要一點輕快感 從這個充滿焦慮的選舉季。

  • And so this has just been a pure joy for our neighborhood.


  • Just toe be out here and be talking with the constituents, having everybody tell us how they enjoy just seeing the dogs and the cats running this and it's been a lot of fun.


  • The 55th Street Merrill race started with one incumbent cat named Wally running unopposed, but a few cats and dogs pounced on the opportunity to make it competitive.


  • Kirsten Russell, a 49 year old photography teacher, has a 10 year old tabby, who jumped in the race with the campaign slogan Change Miao.

    49歲的攝影老師Kirsten Russell養了一隻10歲的小貓咪,它以 "改變苗族 "為競選口號,躍躍欲試。

  • Well, we heard that, um, there was a cat called Wally, who was representing himself to be the mayor of 55th Street, and we decided that our cat Betty seemed Merrill and that maybe we needed a change on 55th Street and we thought, We just jump jump on in.

    我們聽說有隻貓叫沃利 他代表自己成為55街的市長 我們決定我們的貓貝蒂看起來像美林 也許我們需要改變55街的現狀

  • Russell's eight year old daughter, Maeve, will cast her ballot for Betty.


  • She's really good and she wants to crush the patriarchy, and so that's why I'm gonna vote for her.

    她真的很好,她想粉碎父權制, 所以這就是為什麼我要投給她。

  • She's awesome, Owen said.


  • It's a chance to share the importance of civic engagement and participation with kids.


  • That's right.


  • Well, we are having an election.


  • It's a ranked election, and we're making up ballots with all of the pets faces on it.


  • And our graphic artist neighbor Kelly, is making a ballot box.


  • And mostly we're teaching the kids about democracy and about, uh, fairness equity, you know, justice, And, uh, we're gonna have all the kids, make a choice, put it in the ballot box, have a little talk about democracy in our country and just, you know, and of course, candy because it's Halloween night.


  • Rachel Kattner, a 43 year old school librarian, put six year old Pitbull mix Macy on the ballot with the slogan.


  • Keep Oakland rough.


  • The amount of like pet puns that come out are just incredible.


  • And you just the way toe to really enjoy our neighborhood, enjoy your neighbors.


amidst a polarizing election season, a neighborhood in Oakland, California, is putting on a much friendlier race.



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