Kim Kardashian on run for Glendale mayor: ‘Stay tuned’
Cornered on the White House Correspondents' Dinner red carpet, Kim Kardashian told reporters she’s “thinking about” running for Glendale mayor almost two weeks after a video clip surfaced in which she quipped about running for political office.
The Times reported that Kardashian would have to become a registered voter in Glendale, residing in the city 90 days before the election, and collect 100 endorsement signatures to run for City Council.
City spokesman Tom Lorenz said the mayorship rotates based on the majority vote of the council, explaining that it is not an elected position in that city.
Councilman and former Mayor Ara Najarian told the Glendale News-Press he has offered Kardashian the position of "honorary chief of staff" to give her a crash course on city matters.
Then on Saturday, Kardashian confirmed to Politico that she had “met with a few councilmen in Glendale” and “loved what they had to say.” But she stopped far short of committing to a run for office.
“You’ll just kind of have to stay tuned,” she told Politico. “I’m thinking about it. I think when I said it, I didn’t know that they were going to air it. At the moment, I wasn’t thinking of running. But you never know.”
"I decided I'm going to run for the mayor of Glendale," Kardashian said in the clip, later clarifying that "it’s going to be in, like, five years."
Several Glendale officials said they were excited about the possibility of Kardashian running for office.
City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian did not express an opinion on the reality star’s credentials for city government but told The Times anything that brings more focus to city elections is generally good.
Kardashian, he said, "has done what we try to do election after election after election," attracting media attention to local government by talking about a possible political bid in Glendale.
“I think it would be one of the more closely followed elections in Glendale’s history,” Kassakhian said.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Kim Kardashian, left, and her mother, Kris Jenner, at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar / EPA / Pool