Toddler loses mayoral re-election
A five-year-old boy’s run as mayor has come to an end in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota in the US, the Daily Mail reported.
Robert “Bobby” Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset last week.
He was beaten by 16-year-old Eric Mueller, who won when his name was drawn from the ballot box during the annual Taste of Dorset festival.
Each year, the town draws a name during the festival and the winner gets to be mayor. Anyone can vote as many times as they like – it costs $1 per vote – at ballot boxes set up in stores around the town.
Bobby ran for a second term, and as mayor he got to draw the winning name on Monday. The Daily Mail did not reveal whether the young outgoing mayor cried when he pulled his successor’s name from the box.
The Toronto Star reported the teenager will be a high school junior soon and was prompted to run after eating five fried ice creams in one sitting.
Bobby was only three years old when he was first elected mayor in 2013. Dorset, about 250km northwest of Minneapolis, has no formal city government and a population ranging from nine to 28 depending on the time of year.
One of Bobby’s major acts while in office was to declare ice cream top of the food pyramid.