He's 16. And he's the mayor of his town.
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.