5-year-old mayor of Minnesota town loses re-election bid to 16-year-old

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by Alisa Wiersema

Associated Press

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Dorset, Minn. (AP) -- This year’s brutal campaign season has claimed another incumbent casualty, but the ousted mayor of Dorset, Minnesota, still has decades to plot a comeback.

According to the Associated Press, Bobby Tufts, who is just 5 years old, lost his bid for a third term as mayor of the tiny tourist town to an older candidate — 16-year-old Eric Mueller, this past Sunday.

Despite the loss, Bobby stepped down from his post gracefully — and even endorsed a future candidate.

“It was fun, but it’s time to pass on the vote,” Bobby told the Associated Press. “I’m gonna let [my brother] James do it. He’s 2.”

During his time as mayor, Bobby’s major achievements ranged from raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota, to moving ice cream to the top of the food pyramid.

Bobby was first elected in 2013 at age 3 when his name was drawn from a ballot box at the annual Taste of Dorset festival.

Dorset, which praises itself as the “Restaurant Capital of the World,” and has no formal city government, traditionally appoints its mayor at the festival.

In the election leading up to the event, the town’s citizens are allowed to vote as many times as they want for $1 per vote, and the proceeds of the election go toward funding the festival.

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