A former streaker is campaigning to become the mayor of the city of Hamilton in New Zealand.
After becoming famous years ago for running of a different kind – which is to say, invading the pitch at a rugby game between New Zealand and Ireland – Lisa Lewis is now running for office, and she claims her days of scantily-clad cross-country are behind her.
It is, in actual fact, the second time that she has tried to become the mayor of the third fast-growing city in New Zealand. However, in 2010 she got nearly 12,000 votes less than the eventual winner Julie Hardaker.
Now, Lewis is ready to run a closer race.
Lewis has enjoyed something of an interesting and varied career to date. She’s been a sex worker, a naked newsreader and a wedding planner.
Hey, that does show that she’s good with current affairs, making people happy and organizing things in detail to tight deadlines.
On Monday, she told The AM Show:
As mentioned, one such thing she’s done is run onto the pitch at the 2006 rugby game wearing only a bikini.
She explained: “I definitely wouldn’t do it again, but at the time I’d written a bucket list – and it was on the bucket list. I’m someone that if I’m wanting to do something, I’m very determined and I want to follow that through.”
Yet another good quality for a public official to have, right?
She added: “I’ve been so honest about everything I’ve done in my lifetime, including a career that’s often stigmatised, I feel that people do take me seriously because in the past – and now – when I say I’m going to do something, I follow through with it.”
Despite admitting that she reckons some will turn their nose up at her career history, she argued that her loyalty – spending 20 years in the profession – is also a positive.
As for her policies, she’s got some ideas to transform the city of Hamilton. Here’s just one such idea.
Lewis offered: “I had an idea about bringing tuk-tuks on bicycles. I think they would be a great idea for climate change.
“And I think the atmosphere in terms of wining and dining, it would assist the place in reducing people drink-driving… Young people, give them a job, job employment. Run it like a business. That’s one concept I had for the city.”
Let’s see how she gets on.
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