by Chelsey Stuyt
In 1974 the monocled Mr. Peanut ran for Mayor of Vancouver. Wearing his trademark top hat and carrying a cane, the nuttiest candidate in Vancouver’s history swept a grand 3.4% of the vote allowing Art Phillips to take the job while the Peanut took the headlines.
The Mr. Peanut stunt was the brainchild of artist Vincent Trasov. Trasov stated that the campaign was an act of art. He refused to speak while in costume, which he claimed made him the best candidate for political office.
The Peanut’s platform consisted of six points:
P for Performance,
E for Elegance,
A for Art,
N for Nonsense,
U for Uniqueness, and
T for Talent.
The performance drew attention from international media including Esquire magazine. To top it all off, famed beat writer William S. Burroughs was visiting the city at the time and gave the Nut his personal stamp of approval.
Read more about the Nut’s run for office here.