Although its publicist is a mystery, Mlive.com reported Sunday lawn signs and Internet publicity indicate voters in the city have a new option when they go to the polls Tuesday, to write in their vote for a "20-pound carp," even though the fish has destruction of public property on its record.
The fish, Mlive.com reported, was removed from a pond in West Park in November 2012, because it was destroying the pond's vegetation. It was then released into the Huron River, where it apparently developed a taste for politics.
Mlive.com reported the fish describes itself as a bottom feeder who is adept at using social media to get out its talking points.
"Developers have been allowed to run amok. I will aggressively return Ann Arbor to its Golden Age, viz. 1837," the carp's campaign material says.
"Main Street will be lined with shanties and low doggeries, the tanneries and sawmills on the river will thrum once more," -- if elected, that is -- the carp says.
The carp says it is focusing its campaign on the city's fourth district, where Jack Eaton, a Democrat, is running unopposed.
"I'm amused. I have a sense of humor and I think it's funny. I consider a 20-pound carp to be a substantial opponent and I wish him the best," Eaton said.