5-Year Old Incumbent Mayor Loses Election to 16-Year Old Tourist


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Dorset is a small town in the middle of Minnesota. It has an informal, ceremonial government headed by a mayor, which is elected every year. When he was 3 years old, Bobby Tufts was elected to that position. The next year, he was re-elected. Bobby is a popular mayor, but he just lost his bid for a third term in that office.

Perhaps that's because in that town, you can literally buy votes. The election is actually a raffle. Each vote costs $1. The proceeds of the election fund a local festival.

Eric Mueller, a carpetbagger, won the election. He doesn't even live in Dorset, but in Mendota Heights. His family takes vacations in the area, so Mueller decided to run for mayor.

Bobby is taking the loss in stride. He had planned to run for President of the United States in 2048. He may still do so, but right now he's backing his 2-year old brother, James, for next mayoral race.

-via The Mary Sue


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