Officials from Portland, Oregon's Metro Council had been running unopposed in this season's coming election -- but a new candidate has thrown his hat, or should I say his trunk, into the ring.
Well, with some help from his friends.
Meet Packy the elephant. He's been a fixture at the Oregon Zoo since he was born there in 1952, so he knows a thing or two about life in captivity. In fact, he knows nothing but it, despite promises from city leaders to set him free on an elephant sanctuary. That's why folks from the group Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) have launched a write-in campaign to have Packy elected to a seat on the council.
How much interest could an elephant have it city politics? Well, a lot, actually.
Back in 2008, voters passed a measure allocating a portion of a $125 million bond be used to create a sanctuary the council said it would build where veteran zoo elephants like Packy -- the oldest male Asian elephant in North America -- could retire, living out their days in a more natural setting.