A Dog Is Re-Elected Mayor For A Third Term, Proving Politicians Are Useless
By Carey Wedler
SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
As millions of Americans struggle to decide whether to elect a volatile narcissist or a calculated warmongering criminal as their next leader, one Minnesota town is doing politics right — they just re-elected a dog to his third term as mayor.
Duke, a nine-year-old Great Pyrenees, was first elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota in 2014. The first time he won, it was by accident. The small town of just over 1,000 people held an election in which residents could pay $1 to vote. Duke won the race with twelve write-in votes and was treated to an official inauguration.
The town’s voters were evidently happy with the 2014 fluke. Duke has been re-elected twice, most recently at the end of August.
His main role has been to promote a sense of community in the township. He was recently featured in a series of billboards promoting Cormorant.
“I don’t know who would run against him, because he’s done such great things for the community,” Karen Nelson, a resident of Cormorant told local ABC affiliate WDAY, before the election.
“Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” Duke’s owner David Rick said after Duke won.