The mayor of Wasilla doesn't think he'll get much competition from Levi Johnston come election season.
Upon hearing the news that Johnston, 20, plans to run for the office in 2012 as the premise of his new reality show, Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office, Mayor Verne E. Rupright tells Entertainment Tonight: "Well, it is a little early to declare. Usually most wait until the year the seat is up."
"But since I am nearly old enough to be Levi's grandfather, I think it would be wise for him to get a high school diploma and keep his clothes on. The voters like that!" added Rupright, taking a dig at Johnston's Playgirl cover.
Johnston says his intentions are "for real."
"I'm going to go there and do what I can. Obviously that's where I grew up and that's my home," he tells ET. "It's always going to be home to me. [My son] Tripp's going to grow up there and I want to change a few things."
Johnston says he "laughed" when producers presented him with the idea of running for the office Sarah Palin once held.
"But the more and more I thought about it the more and more I looked into things…. I do care and I do want to make a difference. Whether I win or not, I want Tripp to look up to me and see what I've done and be proud of his dad," says Johnston.
His plans before the election over the 14 months? "Start with a high school diploma, maybe a run for city council and go from there."
He insists he's not trying to get back at Sarah, or the mother of his child, Bristol Palin.
"It's fun, but no way is it about the Palins, I'll tell you that," he says.
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