Why Crystal Lavigne is running for mayor

Exploring the motivations of mayoralty candidate Crystal Lavigne, who has dreamed of being mayor since childhood.

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By Jon Wells / Hamilton Spectator

The candidate for mayor lacks polish, has no political resumé and no public name recognition.

But while veteran politicians running for mayor in the October municipal election may speak of allegorical fights they’ve waged in the political arena, Crystal Lavigne has emerged from tough battles for real over the course of her 32 years.

“I know what a bad year feels like.”

“Life didn’t come to me on a silver platter. It probably didn’t for you either.”

Lavigne wrote the phrases on a whiteboard, along with many others — “I worked until 2 a.m. this morning. I worked mostly outside in the cold” — for a campaign video she posted on YouTube (see below).

Her teenage son, who is self-taught on guitar and drums, helped her make it and played background music.

“I want to make a difference, especially for everyday people,” she says in an interview at a Tim Hortons in the east end, at Kenilworth and Barton streets.

Some of her life experiences have been anything but everyday.

Read the rest of the Jon Wells profile at thespec.com


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Image at top of post: Crystal Lavigne and her family – husband Todd and children Michael, Alicia, Dylan, Matthew, and Joshua / Photo by Cathie Coward, Hamilton Spectator

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