Pint-sized US mayor up for re-election

ninemsn staff
12:29pm August 4, 2013
August 04, 2013: A pint-sized mayor is proving a hit with the people of Dorset, US, where the four-year-old has enjoyed a year in office.

The four-year-old mayor of a US town is running a "fierce" campaign for re-election.

Speaking to ABC News from his day care, Bobby Tufts said he wanted to continue as mayor of Dorset, Minnesota, after next weekend's election because "I do a good job of being it".

The mayor of Dorset, which has a population of about 22 to 28 people, is elected at the Taste of Dorset festival in August each year.

The tourist town has no formal city government and anyone is eligible to nominate themselves for the unpaid role of mayor.

Bobby's mother said he was initially unsure about running for re-election but began passing out his business cards after a local resident asked about his political future.

Bobby told the Grand Forks Herald he enjoyed his tenure as mayor and hoped to spend his time fishing if re-elected.

"I had fun," he said. "Know what I can do? Wink."

Dorset's mayoral candidates can live anywhere and only need to enter their personal details and pay a $1 fee.

Bobby was three went he was elected last year.

"He is running a fierce re-election campaign," Dorset store owner Kathleen Schmidt told ABC News.

"He has posters all over the place."

Source: GrandForksHerald, ABC News, Twin Cities, Star Tribune

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Matthew Henry

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