Town elects goat and dog as mayor

A town in Vermont, USA has elected both a goat and a dog to serve as its honorary mayor, an unusual step the town says it had to take in order to receive funds to renovate a 32-year-old playground.

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It is not the first time the town of Fair Haven has elected an animal as mayor.

First, a goat named Lincoln was elected mayor in 2018, and a dog named Murphee has since taken over the job.

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“When I was talked into putting Murfee up to run, I thought, easy-peasy, we’ll get some T-shirts, we’ll go to the Spring Fling, we’ll sell some shirts and raise some money,” the Cavalier King Charles spaniel’s owner, Linda Barker, told the Rutland Herald.

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“And then COVID struck and it was like … there go all the easy plans,” she said, noting they’ve since begun selling face masks instead.

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The town needed $100,000 to pay for the playground’s renovations. Fundraisers led by the goat and the dog made $30,000, and the town has put forward another $20,000 toward the project.

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Now they have gotten most of their contributions due to their animal mayors, the town plans to start construction for the project in May.

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