He's 16. And he's the mayor of his town. Five-year-old Bobby Tufts appears below, left. Eric Mueller, 16, appears below (AP photo / Facebook)
He's 16. And he's the mayor of his town.
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Bobby Tufts lost his bid for a third term as mayor of Dorset, Minnesota, on Sunday. Eric Mueller, a 16-year-old from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, won. His name was drawn from the ballot box during the annual Taste of Dorset festival.

Bobby was only 3 when he was first elected mayor in 2012. Dorset has no formal city government. Its population ranges from 9 to 28.

"It was fun, but it's time to pass on the vote," Bobby said. Then he suggested his little brother get a shot at some point: "I'm gonna let James do it. He's 2."

People can vote as many times as they like in the "election" for $1 a vote. The proceeds go toward organizing the festival.

As mayor, Bobby said he was proud to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. One of his other acts was to declare ice cream the top of the food pyramid.

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COMMENTS (5)
  • gesazareeyah
    9/05/2014 - 10:48 a.m.

    A 16 year old boy the Mayor i`m amazed about it !!!!!

  • shawnfST
    9/22/2014 - 09:35 a.m.

    Wow I had no idea that a 16 year old could run for Mayer of a city of 9 to 10 people! Ice cream at the top of the food pyramid! That's just crazy!

  • CooperG-Mau
    12/16/2014 - 11:35 a.m.

    What a 16 year old mayor I never thought that could happen.I wish I could be a mayor that young.But that wont happen because I would never run for the mayor, anyway if I did I wont be happy.I wont like to be mayor

  • caideng-Bla
    1/11/2015 - 05:55 p.m.

    This is my summary on he's 16 but he is the mayor of his town. Eric Mueller is 16 he won his name was drawn at the Dorset festival. Its population ranges from 9 to 28. Bobby said . then he suggested his little brother get a shot at this point. I'm gonna let James do it. he's 2.

  • Tiffany0307-yyca
    1/22/2015 - 08:59 p.m.

    It is crazy just for a 16-year old to be a mayor already. You obviously know that adults or grandmas or grandpas can be mayors. I think it's wrong for a young kid to be a mayor because sometimes they make some foolish choices just like when Bobby declared that ice cream should be on the top of the food pyramid. I think that it is really crazy for a 3 and 2-year old to also be a mayor. I think that only adults can be able to be a mayor.

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