4 Year Old Boy Re-elected as Mayor


Dorset, Minnesota, is a small tourist town in northern part of the state.  It has a population of 28.  For the second year in a row a 4-year-old boy has been elected as its mayor.

Dorset has no formal city government.  Robert, “Bobby”, Tufts was re-elected at the ‘Taste of Dorset Festival’ Sunday.  The annual event is paid for by the election.  Ballot boxes are placed in stores, and anyone can vote as many times as they wish for the donation of one dollar.

During the festival, Bobby picked a man out of the crowd.  He was blindfolded, and then reached into a clear container, and pulled out a single ballot, containing the name of the ‘mayor.’  Bobby, and his mother Emma, became very emotional when his name was read for the second year in a row.

“He’s been going since 3 o’clock yesterday with cameras on his face,” she said Sunday afternoon. “He’s having a long day but he’s done really well. I’m surprised.”

Bobby will have two responsibilities.  He will assist in raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota, and the construction of a new sign welcoming visitors to Dorset.  Dorset bills itself as the ‘Restaurant Capital of the World.’

He has a good start.  A walk this summer has already raised $750, and half of Sunday’s t-shirt sales will go to the fund.

Alfred James reporting


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