Breaking News, World News and Taiwan News.

5-year-old mayor loses re-election in 28-person hamlet in Minnesota

DORSET, Minnesota -- Robert “Bobby” Tufts may have lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town, but the 5-year-old isn't taking it too hard.

After helping raise money for local charities and declaring ice cream the top of the food pyramid, it was just time to move on, he said.

“It was fun, but it's time to pass on the vote,” Bobby told The Associated Press on Monday, a day after he lost the annual election in Dorset.

Bobby's rule over the tiny town — population ranging from nine to 28 people — was purely ceremonial, being that Dorset has no formal city government. People can vote as many times as they like — for US$1 a vote — at ballot boxes around town. The winner is drawn at random during the annual Taste of Dorset festival.

The new mayor, Eric Mueller, is bringing in more experience: He's 16.

Bobby said he was proud of his efforts during his rein in Dorset, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. He helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota. One of his other major acts was declaring ice cream a necessary food.

Write a Comment
CAPTCHA Code Image
Type in image code
Change the code
 Receive China Post promos
 Respond to this email
 Early dino was social plant-eater around the size of a turkey: study 
This photo provided by the Tufts family shows Mayor Robert “Bobby” Tufts, right, shaking hands with a supporter in the tiny tourist town of Dorset, Minnesota. Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset on Sunday, Aug. 4. (AP)

Enlarge Photo
Subscribe  |   Advertise  |   RSS Feed  |   About Us  |   Career  |   Contact Us
Sitemap  |   Top Stories  |   Taiwan  |   China  |   Business  |   Asia  |   World  |   Sports  |   Life  |   Arts & Leisure  |   Health  |   Editorial  |   Commentary
Travel  |   Movies  |   TV Listings  |   Classifieds  |   Bookstore  |   Getting Around  |   Weather  |   Guide Post  |   Student Post  |   Terms of Use  |   Sitemap
  chinapost search