Dog elected mayor in Minnesota

Duke was elected in a “landslide,” by 12 humans who each paid $1 to cast their vote in the Cormorant, Minnesota, mayoral election.

Elections are tough for voters, who are sometimes subjected to a barrage of negative campaigning, TV spots, junk mail, and other media. It’s no wonder some stay home on election day, or express their disgust for the candidates in the form of a write-in — such as their pet dog or cat. These candidates usually don’t win.

But the in city of Cormorant, Minnesota, a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees named Duke trounced the competition, and was elected mayor by a landslide, WDAY6 reports. The pet pooch received 12 votes.

“Poor Richard Sherbrook that owns the Cormorant Store,” Cormorant resident Tricia Maloney says. “He didn’t even have half as many votes as Duke did.”

Duke is a local fixture. The pooch keeps vehicles from speeding through the city, and as a dog of the people, keeps a high profile and can be found frequenting the local pub for a burger and some fries. It’s no wonder he got the city’s 12 votes to win the office.

For victory lap, Duke received five hours of grooming, and will be inaugurated at a ceremony on Saturday. During his one-year term, he will be paid in kibble, courtesy of a nearby pet-food store.

Putting animals on the ballot for public office is nothing new; in 2012, Hank, a Maine Coon, ran for the U.S. Senate in Virginia as an Independent. The feline was defeated by Democrat Tim Kaine, but managed to get more than 6,000 votes.