Dan Phillips is a 30-something bartender who lives and works in the city of Wessex. His only serious relationship was with Claire Kendal, only now Claire is engaged to someone else. She hasn't broken the news to Dan yet, felling that the news might upset him. When she does, Dan reacts the way most of us would, by telling her that he's running for mayor.
With the town of Wessex knowing that Dan didn't really win the election, Dan decides to show his leadership by naming the new arena after a local hockey great, but is dismayed to find that it's already been named for a recently deceased philanthropist. Claire makes the decision to stay in Wessex rather than move to Vancouver, and starts up her own PR company.
With recycling in mind, Dan tries to revamp the garbage system already in place in Wessex; he makes a deal with a nearby city, but finds that politics is a trickier business than he had been lead to believe.
With the city budget in mind, Dan cuts the police department's request for 50 Speedoos -- personal mobility devices, and gets himself on the wrong side of the law when the Chief of Police finds out that he won't be getting his new toys. Dan, and everyone he knows, suddenly find themselves the subject of police scrutiny; Dan must turn to Mike and his moustache for help.
Trying to improve tourism in Wessex, Dan tries to have his city included on the new Art Trail, but finds that there just isn't enough art in Wessex for it to qualify; he tries to fix the situation by having a sculpture commissioned. Fern's Bar gets into the video lottery terminal game, and the customers and employees alike find it addictive. Claire has a line on a new job: doing PR for an anti-gambling campaign, putting her squarely in opposition to the gang at Fern's.
Because of his past employment relationship with Fern, Dan agrees to speak at a rally but doesn't ask just what the rally is for. He finds out when he gets there that it is a pro-pot rally. Mike is floored by Claire's parent's divorce, and offers to help in any way he can, but discovers that Mrs. Kendall wants the kind of help that he's just not willing to give.
Dan Phillips is a 30-something bartender who lives and works in the city of Wessex. His only serious relationship was with claire Kendal, only now Claire is engaged to someone else. She hasn't broken the news to Dan yet, felling that the news might upset him. When she does, Dan reacts the way most of us would, by telling her that he's running for mayor.
Dan begins his campaign for mayor, but soon discovers that his friends have reservations about his political aspirations.
Claire considers getting involved with Dan, or at least with his campaign, but only if he comes clean about an accident he had with a cat.
Dan needs some backers for his campaign, and finds one that he thinks will bring in voters from all walks of life. He uses Claire's engagement party as an opportunity to schmooze the potential supporter; Claire's reaction is not at all what he thought it would be.
Dan and Jeff get into a dicey situation with a mascot. Claire makes an investment in her future by focusing on Mike.
Dan feels that his campaign needs a central focus, and so searches for a symbol to rally supporters. Claire, with her wedding date approaching, becomes tied up in the small details.
Not all is going smoothly for Dan and Jeff in his campaign, and a problem arises that puts them in a moral dilemma.
Dan announces a fact that throws a monkey wrench into both his and Anita's campaigns.
While taking part in the candidate’s debate, Dan gets embroiled in a career-ending muffin issue. Jeff is in trouble at his own work.
Claire has a problem and isn't sure who to turn to for help, so she asks Mike... and Dan. Meanwhile Jeff takes over Dan's speaking engagements with some help from an unexpected source.
Dan finally gets his apartment to himself when Mike moves out; Claire finds that going back to her old job isn't as easy as she thought it would be.
While Dan and Claire try to sort out their feelings for one another and just which direction their relationship should take, the election campaign continues on, with things going not so well for Dan.