A town in Vermont has elected a goat as their mayor.
Fair Haven, Vermont, is a sleepy little town of about 2,500 just west of Rutland. The town doesn’t officially require a mayor as they get by just fine with a town manager, but Fair Haven wanted to do something that put themselves on the map. So they decided to hold an election for town mayor.
The catch? The only eligible participants would be the town’s pets.
“I was flipping through a newspaper that came from Michigan ... and I saw a small town in northern Michigan was doing this,” town manager Joe Gunter told The Rutland Herald. "So we thought, 'This is a great idea.'”
So, at the annual Town Meeting Day, an election for town mayor was called. Sixteen pets from local residents were cast as entrants. Most were dogs and cats, while one was a gerbil named “Crystal.” Each had a very brief speech where their owners espoused the political aspirations of their pets, saying things like their cat were good with money or their dog has leadership potential.
None of them could hold a candle to Lincoln, the Nubian goat submitted by Fair Haven Grade School math teacher Christopher Stanton.
"She is a very nice goat," said Stanton. “She’s just a big pet, is really what she is.”
Lincoln received 13 of the total votes cast. The next runner-up was a dog named Sammie who ran on a platform of licking everyone’s face if she won. The remaining ballots totaled to just 30, making Lincoln the clear winner and precluding any necessity of a runoff election.
Her term will begin Tuesday, March 12th, when Lincoln will be officially sworn in as mayor and given her custom-made mayoral sash. As mayor, Lincoln will attend press events, public appearances, and march in the annual Memorial Day parade.
Fair Haven’s mayoral tera ms are bit short at just one year. There’s no word yet if the same pet can be re-elected for multiple terms.