Boy mayor loses bid for third term


Dorset, Minnesota, Mayor Robert “Bobby” Tufts, 5, shakes hands with a supporter. (Family photo/Via Associated Press)

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

“It was fun, but it’s time to pass on the vote,” Bobby said Monday, a day after he lost the annual election in Dorset, Minnesota.

Bobby’s rule over the tiny town — population ranging from nine to 28 people — was purely ceremonial, because Dorset has no formal city government. People can vote as many times as they like — for $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, brings more experience to the job: He’s 16.

Bobby said he was proud of his accomplishments. He helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. One of his other major acts was declaring ice cream a necessary food.

— Associated Press

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