With a poem, a horse, and a carriage, Thomson enters the mayoral race.
Sarah Thomson, Women’s Post publisher and former mayoral candidate, is back to being a current mayoral candidate. Torontonians recently became aware of her imminent and then actual candidacy in the following ways:
- Her team released a press release last night stating that Sarah Thomson would be arriving “IN STYLE” at City Hall to file her papers at 8:30 a.m. this morning.
- Sarah Thomson herself sent out a tweet teaser:
- The now-candidate also issued a poem, entitled “Toronto Subway Poem,” on Tumblr. Here are the first eight lines:
- And finally, Sarah Thomson made it official by turning up at City Hall today in a horse and carriage to hand in her paperwork. Lest you think the horse and carriage were simply an attention-getting ploy, her team’s latest press release indicates that “Sarah is passionate about transit. She rode into City Hall in a horse and wagon to remind people about how Toronto’s transit first began and why investment and dedicated funding is crucial to moving transit expansion forward.”
— Sarah Thomson (@ThomsonTO) March 20, 2014
Stop and go. Stop and go
I want a city with transit below
I want a city with underground trains,
Light rail or subway, they’re almost the same.
I want a city that is filled with a passion
to dream of a future not cramped by inaction.
We’ve fought far too long over underground trains,
A hard angry battle, filled with disdain.
She has also launched a campaign website, which details her business successes and commitment to politics—and reminds us that one poll from the 2010 mayoral race had her in third place, with 17 per cent support (“outspoken right-wing councillor” Rob Ford was in second with 26 per cent, and George Smitherman was leading with 29 per cent). Thomson’s history with the now-mayor has since been marked by controversy: in March 2013, she accused Ford of having touched her inappropriately at an event.