Tod­dler loses may­oral re-elec­tion

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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.

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