Wasn't communism wonderful? Electric lighting finally in 2021 such days we live in ComradeTalking (or writing) about mayoral elections, how about this:
Fake opponent defeats mayor
Russian Nikolai Loktev, mayor of Povalikhino, 300 miles east of Moscow, panicked when he realised he was running for re‑election unopposed.
It was important as a democratic show to find a candidate to oppose him and duly be defeated. He had already asked a number of local residents to take part. They included his assistant at city hall and a member of the Communist Party who had run and lost in elections in 2011. However, both declined.
Eventually he persuaded Marina Udgodskaya, the cleaner at city hall. to stand against him. But then she won!
At first worried by what would happen, she is now settling into the job. As a first order of business—after finding her replacement as cleaner, that is—she plans to bring streetlights to the village.