Dorset, MN – Bobby Tufts, the 4-year-old mayor of a small Minnesota town elected in May, is doing “a fine job” so far, according to his mom.
The town of Dorset boasts a population of 28, and given the small size, there isn’t really any formal government there. The “mayor” of the town is more of a fun, cutesy tradition than anything, which is why the residents chose to vote then-3-year-old Bobby Tufts in as their highest authority figure.
Residents can nominate anyone they like for $1 per vote. At the town’s annual festival last year, Bobby Tufts was made mayor.
He’s running for re-election this year, and spends his days strolling around town, glad-handing residents and handing out his campaign card. The card shows Bobby Tufts sitting on a porch swing with his girlfriend, Sophie.
“I would love to be your Mayor as much as I love Sophie,” the card says.
Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World, has benefited from the PR that Mayor Tufts brings the town.
“I think he’s doing a fine job,” said mother, 34-year-old Emma Tufts.
His main job is to greet tourists on their way into town. Despite the small population, Dorset hosts several resorts and restaurants, and is considered a tourist spot. So far, Mayor Tufts’ main contribution has been to put ice cream at the top of the food pyramid.
“Chocolate. And vanilla. Strawberry. Cotton candy kind. And rainbow sherbet,” he said, recounting his favorite flavors.
I think he’s a cute little bugger,” said Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. “You know, how often do you see a little kid like that [ … ] he’s got a very good little personality, and he’s not afraid to show it. So I think it’s great.”
What do you think of Bobby Tufts, Dorset’s 4-year-old mayor? Will he win re-election?