Bobby Tufts, 5-Year-Old Mayor, Loses Re-Election In Dorset, Minn.
Robert Tufts, aka 'Mayor Bobby,' the 2-term mayor of Dorset, Minn., and 5-year-old boy, has been booted from office.
5-Year-Old Mayor Bobby Tufts Loses Re-Election
The city of Dorset, with a population of 25, is too small to have an official city government. Instead, they elect a mayor every year in a raffle. Citizens pay $1 to cast a ballot for any candidate and a winner is then chosen out of a hat. Mayor Bobby, won the race two years in a row, but lost the 2014 election to 16-year-old Eric Mueller. Mayor Bobby’s mother, Emma Tufts, announced the news on Facebook, writing, “Sadly Robert is no longer mayor.”
Mayor Bobby also shared the news on his Twitter account, writing, “That’s all folks!”
— Bobby Tufts (@MrMayorBobby) August 3, 2014
Robert Tufts Served 2 Years As Mayor Of Dorset, Minn.
Usually, the ceremonial mayor does very little, but when 4-year-old Bobby was elected, he attracted a media firestorm, participated in countless TV interviews, resulting in a much bigger mayoral role. As mayor, Bobby promoted local businesses, appeared at food drives and raised money for the Ronald McDonald House.
When asked what he liked about being mayor, Mayor Bobby recently said, “It’s fun. They give me ice cream [at the Dorset house restaurant]. I get to eat whatever I want.”
Mayor Bobby may be upset at the news, especially if it means no more free ice cream, but his mother, may be more relieved to no longer having a mini-politician in her home.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s been great. But it might be time to take a little break,” Tufts admitted to MinnPost.