Wednesday, 28 January 2015

2 Chainz to Run for Mayor of His Childhood Hometown? Find Out What He Said!

Will people soon be addressing 2 Chainz as "Mr. Mayor?"

The 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, told hip-hop magazine XXL and the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper this week that he is considering running for mayor of his childhood hometown--College Park, Georgia. He made his comments two weeks after an on-air political debate about pot legalization with outspoken HLN host and legal commentator Nancy Grace went viral online.

"I'm a musician, not a politician," the rapper told XXL. "I'm supposed to be running for mayor in College Park. I got everybody wishing. I'm really gonna do this little mayor thing in College Park. I'm just trying to make sure I have the right qualifications."

"I am looking forward to running at the end of this year or next year," he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "[I'm] waiting to see if I meet all of the qualifications!"

Jack Longino has served as College Park's mayor since 1996. The 2015 mayoral elections are set to take place on Nov. 3 and potential candidates have until Sept. 4 to register to run for office. According to the College Park website, they must meet the following criteria: They must be U.S. citizens who have also been residents of College Park for at least one year and are also registered local voters.

2 Chainz is not registered to vote in the same county. Public records show he registered to vote in 2012 in another nearby town where he had owned a home.

Potential political candidates must also have never been convicted of "fraudulent violation of election laws, malfeasance in office or a felony involving moral turpitude," or, if so, they must "provide verification that their rights have been restored." 2 Chainz has never been convicted of such crimes. In 2013, he was arrested at LAX on suspicion of drug possession. During his sentencing, his felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, which was to be removed upon completion of an 18-month drug aversion program,  Rolling Stone had reported.

"We'll see where the future lies for me, but you know, everything I do gotta be organic," he added in his interview with XXL.

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