The long-shot candidate known for her eccentric campaign tactics will instead run for a Trinity-Spadina council seat.
Sarah Thomson’s madcap mayoral bid is at an end. The candidate known for her unconventional tactics and peculiar policy proposals announced her exit from the race at City Hall this morning. She will instead run for city council in Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina.
Although she did not make a specific mayoral endorsement, Thomson told reporters, “We have to go with whoever is in the lead the day before the election so that we can stop Rob Ford.”
Thomson, who also ran for mayor in the 2010 election, was never truly a factor in the race; a Nanos Research poll taken two weeks ago had her pegged at 1 per cent support.
Her antics occasionally made headlines, however—when she showed up at City Hall in a horse-drawn carriage to announce her candidacy in March, for instance, or when last month her campaign robocalled a number of residents in the wee hours of the morning.
Many of her policy ideas were off-kilter and of dubious feasibility, including her proposals to provide free Viagra to low-income seniors and free internet to all Toronto residents. She also advocated mandatory “extensive martial arts training” for police officers.
Thomson’s exit follows that of Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence), who dropped out of the race August 21.