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Kanye West for Mayor: Fan launches campaign to encourage rapper to run for mayor of Chicago

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Ben Shepard, a Kanye West fan, has launched a campaign to encourage the rapper to run for mayor of his native Chicago.

Ben Shepard has created the Kanye4Mayor.org website, and lists several reasons why Kanye West, 36, would make an ideal politician for the city.

Kanye West fan Ben Shepard has launched a campaign to encourage the rapper to run for mayor of his native Chicago

Kanye West fan Ben Shepard has launched a campaign to encourage the rapper to run for mayor of his native Chicago (photo Getty Images)

In an open letter on the website Ben Shepard wrote: “Right now your home city is ruled over by a Mayor whose allegiances are not with the majority of Chicagoans. I want to invite you to run for mayor of Chicago in 2015 and make it the best city in the world. Doing this would require fixing some big problems. … Not to put any pressure on you but you are the only person in the world who could make this happen. There isn’t anyone else who (1) is wealthy and famous enough (2) is from Chicago, and (3) may actually understand the problems with the city.”

The website also includes quotes and lyrics from Kanye West’s songs and speeches.


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