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Giggles the pig running for mayor of Flint, Michigan

Michael Ewing, owner of Giggles the pig, said the campaign is aiming to bring transparency to the write-in only mayoral race.

By Ben Hooper

FLINT, Mich., May 7 (UPI) -- A Michigan pig named Giggles is "putting the pork back in government" by running for mayor of Flint.

Michael Ewing, a defense attorney and owner of 1-year-old pet pig Giggles, launched the porker's campaign for Flint mayor with a Facebook group listing Giggles' qualifications.

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Please share. I need to get the word out about my campaign for Mayor of the City of Flint--our home.

Posted by Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor on Monday, May 4, 2015

The group says Giggles has "no criminal history," "has never been financially irresponsible," "will take no money from special interests," "supports police" and "has never missed an important deadline."

The campaign takes advantage of the city's announcement that the mayoral primary ballot would be write-in only after the city clerk gave candidates the wrong deadline for turning in their nominating petitions and signatures.

Ewing said Giggles' campaign has a serious goal: He wants to bring public attention and transparency to the race.

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"If we elect someone who is not up to the challenge, we'll be right back to the state of Michigan emergency manager again," Ewing told Mlive.com.

Karen Weaver, a candidate opposing incumbent Mayor Dayne Walling, called the pig's campaign a "mockery of the democratic process."

Mayoral candidate Eric Mays also voiced concerns about Giggles' qualifications.

"Does the pig know about economic development?" Mays asked. "Does a pig know about quality water?"

There are questions about whether Giggles would legally be allowed to serve as mayor if elected -- the city charter requires the mayor to be a registered voter in Flint.

It's not easy to vote without opposable thumbs, but we managed.

Posted by Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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