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4-year-old mayor is re-elected in northern Minn.
Updated: Tuesday, August 6 2013, 02:22 PM PDT
DORSET, Minn. -- Robert "Bobby" Tufts hasn't made it to
preschool yet, but he's already been elected twice as mayor of a tiny
tourist town in northern Minnesota.
Mayor Tufts' name was picked
Sunday during annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a
second term. It has no formal city government and has a population of
22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town.
could vote as many times as they like — for $1 a vote — at any of the
ballot boxes in stores around town. The proceeds go toward organizing
Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year. His
mother, Emma Tufts, said she and her son, who turns 5 in October, got
choked up when his name was pulled for re-election Sunday.
The boy picked a random man out of the crowd to pick the name out of a clear tub. and the man was blindfolded twice, she said.
While this was happening, Bobby told the crowd how to musky fish, she said.
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."
Asked how he felt during a phone interview, a
tired Bobby made clear he was done answering questions. "I want to be
with the boys," he told his mother.
They were on their way to
dinner and then planned to go fishing or have a bonfire to celebrate.
Bobby, of nearby Nevis, starts preschool this fall.
said her son's agenda includes raising money for the Ronald McDonald
House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, N.D., and a new
welcome sign for Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of
They already raised $750 from a walk this summer and
planned to donate half the proceeds of Sunday's T-shirt sales to the
charity. He wants to do a snowshoe scavenger hunt this winter to raise
money, she said.