When residents of Fair Haven, Vermont, voted for mayor, they weren’t kidding around. They chose a Nubian goat named Lincoln.
With 13 votes, Lincoln eked out a victory over Sammie the dog, who received 10 votes. As the town’s first honorary pet mayor, Lincoln will attend events throughout the year and already has plans to march in a parade on Memorial Day. He will officially take office on Tuesday.
Fair Haven is home to 2,500 people and does not have a human mayor. Town Manager Joseph Gunter heard about a town in Michigan that voted for an honorary pet mayor, and he thought it would be fun to do the same thing in Fair Haven. For just $5, residents could enter their pets in the race, with every dollar going toward the building of a community playground. Not only was $100 raised, Gunter told The Associated Press, but it was also “a great way to introduce the elementary school kids to local government.”