Northwestern Minnesota community re-elects 4-year-old mayorIncumbent Robert Tufts’ name was picked Sunday during a festival in tiny Dorset, Minn., which has a buck-buys-a-vote election. Robert — “not Bobby,” he says — was only 3 when he won election last year as mayor of Dorset.
By: Associated Press, Forum News Service
DORSET, Minn. — A 4-year-old has been re-elected as mayor of the tiny tourist town of Dorset in northwestern Minnesota.
Incumbent Robert Tufts’ name was picked Sunday during the annual Taste of Dorset festival, which has a buck-buys-a-vote election. Robert — “not Bobby,” he says — 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).
His mother, Emma Tufts, said she and her son got choked up when his name was pulled for re-election Sunday.
Robert has been interviewed on public and national television and radio as well as Twin Cities stations. His witty replies to reporters' questions – spiced with a child’s whimsy – have captured audiences’ attention and hearts.
When asked on the “platform” Sunday what the best thing about being mayor is, Robert replied “going fishing.”
But when coached for an answer about his role as mayor, he said, “Being in Dorset makes me happy.”
“Thanks for your support,” he told the audience – without coaching.
Emma Tufts said her son plans to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, N.D. and a new welcome sign for Dorset, which has no formal city government.
They planned to eat dinner and then go fishing or have a bonfire to celebrate.