- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Apparently, 5-year-old Robert “Bobby” Tufts didn’t give the people what they wanted. The boy, who served as mayor of Dorset since the age of 3, just lost his re-election bid to an older contender — a 16-year-old.

“It was fun, but it’s time to pass on the vote,” Bobby told The Associated Press. He then referred to his younger brother and said, “I’m going to let James do it. He’s 2.”

Bobby was first chosen to the post in 2013 and served two terms. Then Eric Mueller, 16, from Mendota Heights, won the chance for the slot when his name was drawn from the ballot box during the community’s yearly Taste of Dorset event, AP said.

Dorset is about 150 miles from Minneapolis and has no official city government. Its population is only about 28, AP said.

People vote as many times as they like in the so-called election — so long as they pay $1 per ballot, AP said. The proceeds actually go toward the annual festival.

Bobby said one of his fondness memories, and biggest accomplishments, while mayor was declaring ice cream to be the top of the food pyramid, AP said.



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