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Cat runs for mayor under slogan 'Tired of voting for rats?'

Published: 1:19PM Monday June 17, 2013 Source: ONE News

Mayoral chains may soon be the collar of choice for a cat in Mexico.

Morris the black-and-white cat has been nominated to run for mayor of Xalapa, capital of the state of Veracruz, in next month's elections.

Morris' candidacy was created by a group of citizens after they became disillusioned with the empty promises of politicians.

These politicians are known colloquially as "rats," prompting Morris' staff to say that he is the only candidate who can bring order and "rid the city of rats."

His campaign slogan is "Tired of voting for rats?"

Morris has already garnered over 110,000 likes on his Facebook page , more than his human competitors, according to local media.

Office worker Sergio Chamorro and a group of friends put Morris forward as a candidate.

Chamorro explained that, if elected, Morris will fulfill all his promises, which seem to be primarily about eating and sleeping.

"He sleeps almost all day and does nothing, and that fits the profile of a politician," said Chamorro, who adopted the 10-month-old feline last year.

Morris' candidacy has captivated people across Mexico frustrated with human candidates, prompting some to nominate their pets and farm animals to run in July 7 elections being held in 14 states.

Other mayoral candidates are Chon the Donkey in the city of Ciudad Juarez, Tina the Chicken in Tepic, Maya the Cat in Puebla and Tintan the Dog in Oaxaca City.

However, Morris will not be allowed on the ballot on election day.

His campaign staff have requested that people write in his name or draw a picture when they vote for him, but officials say any votes for the cat will not be counted.

Taking this in stride, Morris' Facebook page proudly declares that the more he is attacked, the more important Morris becomes.