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

905-526-3515 | @jonjwells

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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5 Responses to “Why Crystal Lavigne is running for mayor”
  1. Bonjour and hello to all city of Hamilton members, citizens, residences and visitors. My name is Ricky Tavares and I will be your mayor of Hamilton Ontario Canada in the near future. I was born here in city of Hamilton at St.Josephs hospital. I am here to announce now and to make this statement very public now that I will be the first mayor in Canada willing and proud to work for a minimum wage salary. I love Hamilton and I must protect our city. My colleagues, financial advisors and I have a 5 year plan to implement and generate 1 trillion dollars into the Hamilton city hall building within the next 5 years. I am sorry to announce now that I will only be your mayor for 1 term because this city is too small for me to lead and guide into a productive population. I will be moving to Ottawa to be your Prime Minister of Canada after 1 term here in the city of Hamilton as your mayor. Thank you for voting me Ricky Tavares as mayor of Hamilton on Oct 27.

    Regards,;, Ricky Tavares 905-515-4307

  2. Crystal, lets do business. What is the name of your Landscaping corporation?

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