Boston, Massachusetts. USA. Sept 21: A man dressed as a clown is running for a city council seat in Boston. 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.
Pat Payaso donned a rainbow wig, red nose and clown makeup in recent campaign photos and videos on social media. The candidate’s bizarre campain video, set to standard, high-pitched circus music, is largely devoted to mocking money in politics.
“If I were a Boston politician, I would kiss the most babies, your kids would get into the best schools, with the proper campaign contributions!!” the video text says.
He reportedly 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. Pat Payaso didn’t immediately comment.
The four candidates receiving the most votes in the race earn a seat on the 13-member council.
James Jackson, a 23-year-old Roxbury resident, announced in April that he also will seek the council seat representing Roxbury as well as parts of Dorchester, the South End and Fenway. As of April 18 his campaign had spent $639, leaving a balance of about $1,160.
Brian Keith, president of Mount Pleasant Avenue, Vine and Forest Street Neighborhood Association, has joined in, raising $891 by April 15, and spending none of it.
Jose Junior Lopez had spent about $10, leaving his campaign with $1,990.
Domonique Williams of Roxbury also is said to be running.
Districts 8 and 9
Josh Zakim, who is running for re-election, faces competition from Kristen Mobilia, member of the Fenway Garden Society and director of finance and administration at VideoLink LLc, a video production firm that serves corporate clients. By April 17, Mobilia had raised $1,000 and spent none of it. By April 15, Zakim held about $310,566 in his campaign account.
Incumbent Mark Ciommo has represented Allston and Brighton since 2008 and has not stated intentions to step down. As of April 15, his campaign held $82,680. He faces competition from would-be councilor, Allston’s Brandon Bowser. Bowser has registered his campaign with the OCPF but has yet to raise funds.
the four at-large councilors — Ayanna Pressley, Annissa Essaibi George, Michael Flaherty and council president Michelle Wu — face six challengers.
Aziza Robinson-Goodnight, a Dorchester artists and chair of the Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project, makes her first bid for political office. She told the Dorchester Reporter that issues important to her include gentrification, youth employment resources, education resources and preserving cultural assets. By April 15, she had raised $420 and made no expenditures.
William King, a 27-year-old, formerly worked in the tech department at TechBoston Academy in Codman Square and currently performs IT for a real estate development firm. He had raised $10 as of April 15, and told the Dorchester reporter that being young, biracial and Dorchester-raised gives him a unique perspective.
Photo: Pat Payaso The Clown Running For City Council In Boston
Hyde Park resident and former city youth worker Domingos DaRosa also is running. Currently he runs his own property maintenance firm and has filed officially with the OCPF but has yet to raise funds.
Pat Payaso, the Fenway’s Robert Couture Jr. and Dorchester’s Althea Garrison are also running. Garrison is a former Fifth Suffolk District state representative, who made unsuccessful bids to regain that office in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and for the District 7 city council seat in 2015. Garrison’s previous campaign ended with a zero balance, and she has yet to file a new statement of purpose. Couture has not yet filed with the OCPF, and Payaso has filed with the OCPF but has yet to raise funds.