Supporters of the mayor in the tiny tourist town of Dorset, Minnesota, can stuff the ballot box all they want as he seeks reelection. The mayor — a short guy — is known for his fondness of ice cream and fishing. And he’s charmed the county’s top law enforcement official.
Say hello to Mayor Robert “Bobby” Tufts. He’s 4 years old and not even in school yet.
Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year as mayor of Dorset (population 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town). Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World, has no formal city government.
Every year the town draws a name during its Taste of Dorset Festival, and that person gets to be mayor. Residents “vote” by putting names in the contest. They can vote as many times as they like — for $1 a vote — at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town. Bobby is running for a second term, and he gets to draw the winning name Sunday, so it’s possible he could draw his own name.