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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A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

Robert "Bobby" Tufts lost his bid for a third term as mayor of Dorset 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, about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis, has no formal city government and a population ranging from nine 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 at ballot boxes in stores around town. The proceeds go toward organizing the festival.

As mayor, Bobby said he was proud of his efforts to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota. One of his other major acts was to declare ice cream top of the food pyramid.

His mother, Emma Tufts, said family members joked about having Bobby and James build up a political resume to prepare for a presidential run in 2048. But she said she's happy that Bobby will get a break.

Critical thinking challenge: Why can Dorset allow such a young mayor?

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COMMENTS (119)
  • ROADSWAGGER99
    9/09/2014 - 12:25 p.m.

    I think this a good idea because you need the younger generation. They see a lot more than the older gen. And he is still in school and he can put a stop to the bad stuff that is going on.

  • AnnalilovesHP
    9/09/2014 - 12:26 p.m.

    I think Dorset can allow such a young mayor because they have very small town and no formal government. A town with a max population of twenty-eight is bound not to have a lot of crime, so why not elect a child?

  • coolcatabi27
    9/09/2014 - 01:24 p.m.

    I think it was really cool that 3 year old Bobby got elected for mayor of his city/town and that he is helping is 2 year old brother get elected and that Bobby is hoping to be president in 2048. It is also cool that a 16 year old won mayor this trimester. The things that the 3 year old Bobby did while he mayor is amazing!!!!!!

  • A.R.S
    9/09/2014 - 02:04 p.m.

    I think it would be fun to be a mayor of a town. As a kid you couldn't really do much especially at the age of 2 or 5. I think it should be 13-18 year old are able to run because they are more responsible.

  • brianfantana
    9/09/2014 - 02:05 p.m.

    They can probably allow such a young mayor because it is a such a small town and there isn't really a forma running government. Therefore there isn't really much at stake.

  • USERNAME70
    9/09/2014 - 02:08 p.m.

    This child is five years old and he is mayor of a town. I am sitting in a classroom writing essays. He has won this battle. Also, this child is very lucky and will (hopefully) be a happy person.

  • icegits
    9/09/2014 - 02:11 p.m.

    Dorset can have such a young mayor because they have no formal government. This means that they can have a 3 year old mayor. I would actually like to visit this town and be there for a week or so. it sounds cool

  • Haley Turner
    9/12/2014 - 12:29 p.m.

    I think its crazy that they let KIDS or TEENAGERS run for mayor and win!!! I think its not a smart idea but if that is how they run that's how they run.

  • robinbra000
    9/12/2014 - 01:07 p.m.

    A THREE YEAR OLD MAYOR! You have got to be kidding me. some of the things he'll do to the town. They even said he put ice cream as top of the food pyramid.

  • annasusan
    9/12/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    Dorset allowed such a young mayor because Eric Mueller's name was drawn from the ballot box during the annual Taste of Dorset festival. He was drawn because he decided to run for mayor.

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