Ever since March 2019, the mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont, has been a furry, four-legged animal. His name is Lincoln, a 3-year-old Nubian goat.
If you wonder how the town works with a non-human leader, don’t fret, they have a town manager, a position taken by a human. The honorary pet mayoral position started when the town was trying to raise money for the replacement of the elementary school’s playground.
According to Town Manager Jose Gunter, there is a $5 registration to put your pet in the mayoral race, and any Fair Haven resident can cast a ballot. They ask for donations on election day but are not required to participate. Every little penny brings them closer to their goal.
The total goal to push through the project is $80,000, which is why Police Chief Bill Humphries hopes that including K-9 Sammy, who is trained in tracking drugs, in the race will up their game in raising more funds.
Lincoln, as the current mayor, has done a great job and represented the community well. That is why the people want him to run for one more year and see if he can be challenged.
Well, Lincoln won’t back down to any challenges and decided to run again for mayor. However, he has a backup plan in case the K-9 German Shepherd comes out on top.
According to Christopher Stanton, the goat’s owner, if Lincoln doesn’t win, he will pursue a career in goat yoga. Way to go, Lincoln!
Heating up the competition, Murfee, a 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, also joined the race. He’s a therapy dog who visits nursing homes, the hospital, and the elementary school, helping in the “reading with the dogs” program.
The election isn’t happening until March 3, 2020, so the residents still have so much time to think about who they should pick among the three quality candidates.
Whoever wins, we hope that the town will be able to achieve its goal for the new playground.
Thanks to CNN for sharing the original story.