There's a dynasty of mini-mayors in the making in Dorset, Minn.
Bobby Tufts, the 6-year-old former mayor of Dorset, has endorsed his 3-year-old brother James to succeed him. Young James made his first major media appearance Monday evening on WCCO-TV, where he pledged to run on a pro-ice cream platform.
Mayors of Dorset, an unincorporated community of about 25 in Hubbard County, wield no power, have no official duties, earn no salary and are elected in a tongue-in-cheek ballot at the annual Taste of Dorset festival.
A similar festival-based election system resulted in a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees named Duke becoming mayor of Cormorant, Minn., last year.
Bobby Tufts won election twice, at ages 3 and 4, before losing his bid for a third term to a 16-year-old challenger last summer. At age 5, he became Minnesota's youngest ex-mayor.
"It was fun, but it's time to pass on the vote," Bobby told The Associated Press last year.
This year, the office of mayor could pass to James, who donned a newsboy cap and headed out to gladhandle the crowds, with a WCCO camera crew in tow.
If elected, James pledged to "eat ice cream all day."
Taste of Dorset festival-goers pay $1 per ballot and can vote as often as they like, with all the proceeds go to support the festival. The mayoral "election" will be held Sunday, Aug. 2.
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