John Turmel, a Canadian, is currently contesting election for mayor of Brantford, the city he lives in, but that is actually his 96th shot at an elective position but all failed.
Turmel initially went into politics to legalise gambling and stop getting busted
Interestingly, he has never won in any of the elections, earning him the record of the world’s biggest loser in the polls.But he says he has no regrets and is not deterred to keep pushing.
“I have no regrets. For a guy with no resources, doing it all with my winnings from mainly illegal games, what have I got to be ashamed of?”John Turmel
In an interview with The Guardian he explained He first ran for an election into parliament in 1979, earning just 193 votes after knocking on uncountable doors, campaigning.
His main goal at the time, according to Turmel, was to legalise gambling, after series of police crackdown on his underground operations.
Four decades down the line, he has never stopped to take his chance at elective offices, sometimes earning as much as 4,500 votes, and, on one occasion, getting just 11 votes.
“People with no money can basically create their own tokens by monetising their own time,” he was quoted as saying.
“I realised that I’m going to have to take advantage of every opportunity to explain how we could save ourselves from poverty, which is created by not enough money.“We’ve got lots of wealth, lots of food, lots of clothes, we’ve just got not enough money to buy it.“I do zero campaigns,” he says.John Turmel
“I go and I sign up, I give them a press release and a press conference and then I’ll go home. And if there’s a debate, I’ll show up.”
The first time John Turmel ran in an election, it was 1979 and his primary aim was to legalise gambling.
While his door-knocking efforts earned him just 193 votes, the race marked the start of an obsession that would eventually launch the Canadian into the record books for having contested, and lost, the highest number of elections in the world.
Some four decades on, Turmel has contested 95 elections, throwing his hat into the ring for jobs ranging from city councillor to MP. Often running as an independent, the number of votes he receives fluctuates wildly, from 11 to 4,500.
Long-winded and prone to campaign ideas that fly in the face of science – such as describing climate change as a hoax – the perennial fringe candidate has racked up a string of bruising headlines over the years.
“Super loser fails again,” read one article, while a recent radio appearance dubbed him “politics’ biggest loser”.