Tiny tourist town re-elects 4-year-old as mayor

12:14 PM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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DORSET, Minn. - The tiny tourist town of Dorset has re-elected its mayor -- a short guy -- known for his fondness of ice cream and fishing.

Mayor Robert "Bobby" Tufts is 4-years-old. He was re-elected in what was not an ordinary election.

Dorset, an unincorporated town, is holding its annual Taste of Dorset Festival. A drawing is held and the winner gets to be mayor. Anyone can vote as many times as they like -- for $1 a vote -- at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town.

Bobby was running for a second term. On Sunday, he drew the winning name which just so happened to be his own.

Bobby was only three when he won the election last year as mayor of Dorset. Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World, has no formal city government.

Bobby's job as mayor is to greet people as they come to Dorset, located among the pines and lakes of northern Minnesota about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Resorts and tourism are the main industry,and restaurants ranging from Mexican to Italian to family style line about two blocks on either side of the highway that runs through the middle of town.

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