September 22, 2017
Dogs Elected as Town Mayors
Duke is perhaps one of the most popular American politician, winning the re-election for a third time in a row with a landslide victory. Are you wondering what is his secret? It is most probably the fact that he has a great nose for politics as he is an adorable dog! And when dogs make their puppy faces, it’s hard not to love them!
This 9-year-old white Great Pyrenees is now taking up his position as Mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota for his third consecutive term. He was first elected in 2014 and was re-elected the following year as mayor.
Karen Nelson, the owner of Juke is delighted by the latest election held this year in August during the annual Cormorant Daze Festival. Voters had to pay $1 each so that they could cast their ballots in the election. Mayor Duke now appears on not less than three billboards located on the highway to promote the community. He is back to duty running the town, and it’s certainly a ‘ruff’ business.
Lately, another mutt called Brynneth Pawltro (not to be mistaken for Gwyneth Paltrow) has been appointed as the mayor of Rabbit Hash, a small Kentucky Town. She faced some fierce contenders during the election such as Higgins the donkey and a cat named Stella. As this three-year-old rescue dog is settling into office, the residents of this small town are praising her outgoing character and great smile.
Bobby Kayser, the secretary of historical society in Rabbit Hash revealed that most meetings with the new mayor end up with some inappropriate licking. Unfortunately, this pit bull is not a real mayor, as the town is not big enough to require an official mayor. However, since the late 1990s, elections are held each year as a fundraiser by the historical society.
Here too, voters are charged one dollar for a vote. What’s striking is the fact that they can vote as many times as they want! All funds raised during the elections goes towards the improvement of the town. And lately, it helped to repair a local store that was destroyed by fire.
While the role of these mayors is somehow unusual, they are not the only animals to be elected to office in the world. Other non-human mayors in the past have included a goat that drank beer, a cat, a monkey and even a cow! Back in 2012, a cat called Hank was entered as a fake candidate for the Senate election in the state of Virginia, and guess what? It came third with over 7,000 votes!