A local business owner is taking a cue from reality TV personality Kim Kardashian and entering the “mayor’s race” in Glendale, hoping to attract some of the attention Kardashian did, but for a different reason.
Helen McDonagh, owner of Massage Envy in Glendale, doesn’t want to hold public office — at least not right now. Instead, she wants to wage a campaign to support Glendale Healthy Kids, which provides health services to local needy children. All contributions for her “mayoral” bid will go to the local organization.
Her goal: raise $10,000 by June 30.
McDonagh said she was struck by how much attention Kardashian received over her announcement.
“I’m thinking, ‘The woman is brilliant,’” McDonagh said. “And then I kind of started jokingly saying, ‘I should run against her.’”
McDonagh said she’s aware that her faux campaign should actually target a seat on City Council, from which a mayor is selected each year. But she knew that she and Glendale Healthy Kids would get more of the spotlight if they followed Kardashian’s lead.