Michigan town elects cat mayor

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LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (KXAN) — The new mayor of a small Michigan town is small, furry and goes by the name Sweet Tart.

The town’s historical society held its elections Saturday, with the 9-year-old cat clawing its way to the top of the pack by getting the most votes. Other candidates included another cat, 13 dogs, a peacock, a goat and a chicken.

Residents (and even those outside the town) paid $1 for each vote in the race, with the money going to the Omena Historical Society. Officials say more than 7,000 people voted, and that the turnout this year was greatly aided by publicity and the ability to vote via PayPal online.

As for some practical aspects of being mayor, historical society President Keith Disselkoen said there shouldn’t be any issues.

“They have their paw. We accept paw prints. Legal documents can be executed with a paw print,” Disselkoen said. Sweet Tart will remain in office for three years.

Sweet Tart isn’t the nation’s first cat mayor. Stubbs the cat served as the unofficial mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, from 1997 until his death in 2017.

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