4-year-old Minn. boy re-elected as Mayor of Dorset

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 5, 2013

The nation’s youngest mayor just became the nation’s youngest mayor to win re-election, as Robert “Bobby” Tufts, a 4-year-old from Nevis, Minn., was re-elected to a second, one-year term in office during nearby Dorset’s annual “Taste of Dorset” festival Sunday.

The town, which has a population around 25 people – depending on when the minister and his family is in town – chooses its government leader via raffle, not ballot. In order to be elected, people have to put a raffle ticket with the name of their chosen candidate into one of several boxes located throughout town in the lead-up to the festival. Individuals can vote as many times as they want, provided they give the requisite $1 fee per vote. The funds from the raffle go toward funding the festival.

Bobby was at the festival when he was selected again, however as his name was chosen he was distracting himself from the outcome of his political future by teaching the crowd how to musky fish.

“He’s been going since 3 o’clock yesterday with cameras on his face,” Bobby’s mother Emma said Sunday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. “He’s having a long day but he’s done really well. I’m surprised.”

Bobby, who starts preschool this fall, didn’t give too many interviews as the festival and his re-election campaign seemed to have worn him out.

“I want to be with the boys,” he told his mother before the family headed out to a celebratory dinner and then either a campfire or a bonfire, according to the AP. 

Prior to the festival, Bobby and his family distributed campaign cards throughout town featuring a picture of him in a suit and a picture of him with his girlfriend, Sophie.

“I would love to be your Mayor as much as I love Sophie,” the campaign card read.

According to Emma Tufts, Bobby has a pretty aggressive agenda – for a 4-year-old, that is. Bobby plans to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, N.D. as well as for a new welcome sign for Dorset, which calls itself the “Restaurant Capitol of the World.”

During his first term he helped raise $750 from a walk earlier this summer and held a snowshoe scavenger hunt fundraiser last winter.


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