With $20 filing fee still in place, Captain Jack Sparrow among 30 mayoral candidates

An effort to raise the filing fee to $500 failed in March

A man named Captain Jack Sparrow filed paperwork to run for Minneapolis mayor today.

Yes, that’s his legal name. No, he’s not Johnny Depp.

David Viebahn changed his name a year ago, following his arrest for trespassing when he and others tried to deliver a petition to the CEO of US Bank. He was part of the Occupy Minneapolis and Occupy Homes movement.

Captain Jack lists his address as 4117 14th Ave. S., but he might not be there long. He’s squatting in that home, which is vacant, he said.

Sparrow is a persona Veibahn took on during the Occupy movement. He plans to file a lawsuit against the city for what he calls torture. He wanted his name to be Captain Jack Sparrow for that lawsuit.

Sparrow is one of 30 people who have filed to run for mayor of Minneapolis. The deadline to file is Tuesday afternoon.

City Council Member Cam Gordon this spring tried to raise the filing fee for the mayoral race from $20 to $500, but that effort failed. Proponents argued it would reduce the number of frivolous candidates who take up space on the ballot. 

Sparrow said his candidacy is no joke. One of his top priorities is allowing voters to rank all mayoral candidates on their 2013 ballot, not just the top three.

“Well I am very serious that we need to treat all the candidates fairly,” Sparrow said. “It’s no joke. I am very serious about it. And also, I would be a good a mayor. I can tell you all about my platform. I don’t want to do it right now, but I will send you my platform.”

Here’s Sparrow’s blog.