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Kim Kardashian: Mayor of Glendale?

Kim Kardashian (Elizabeth Wu /
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Reality star Kim Kardashian might make an appearance soon somewhere unexpected. No, not your neighborhood Sears to promote her clothing line: Glendale City Hall. That's because Kim wants to be the city's mayor!

Kardashian revealed her political aspirations in a "bonus clip" from her sister's show, "Khloé & Lamar" on the E! network. "I've decided I'm going to run for the mayor of Glendale," Kim tells her sibling.

There is one little hitch: Arguably the most famous Armenian beauty since Cher doesn't actually live in Glendale.

That's an easy fix, though: Kim says she will buy a house in Glendale to establish residency, and, "in, like, five years," run for mayor. Oh, and first, Kim may or may not realize, she would have to run for city council, then vie for the mayorship--Glendale doesn't run a city-wide election for mayor, but rather promotes a councilmember for the one-year term. (It's a wee bit trickier than Foursquare.)

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It's not an outrageous idea to current Glendale civic leaders:

"I would support her," Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian told E! News. "I think she would make an excellent mayor." Meanwhile, City Councilman and former Glendale mayor Ara Najarian said he thinks "it's a great idea," adding, "I have offered her the position of honorary chief of staff to my office to help her get acquainted to Glendale."

Others think it's a pretty cool idea, too: "So run, Kim, run. Glendale needs you, if only to shake off the Jewel City's undeserved reputation and give it a little bling," concludes a supportive L.A. Times op-ed on the subject.

But Franklin Avenue is hoping Glendale residents will "relax" and not start looking to move to neighboring Burbank or Los Angeles. They talked to another local blog, Tropic Station, who explains that those four years on the city council might make the mayor bid less appealing to Kim, since it would mean "endless meetings on sign ordinances and water rates and a bunch of other unglamorous stuff."

Maybe you should hold off on your order for "Kim for Mayor of Glendale 2017!" bumper stickers for now, hmmm?