offAfter a year of nasty political debates and controversy, it's so refreshing to find a candidate that the whole country can unite around. Brynneth Pawltrow, the newly elected mayor of Rabbit Hash Kentucky, has an amazing power to bring people from both sides of the aisle together. She's a political newcomer, she's friendly, she has a great personality and she won by a landslide.
Oh, and she just happens to be a dog.
Brynneth - "Brynn" for short - is the fourth dog to be elected mayor of the 300-person village of Rabbit Hash. Since 1998, the townspeople have realized they don't actually need a mayor, and instead use the election as a local fundraiser.
Each vote costs a dollar, and with more than 3,300 votes (over 1,000 more than her closest competitor) Brynn beat a crowded field of dogs, a donkey and a chicken for the top spot in Rabbit Hash.
Her 23-year-old campaign manager (and owner) Jordie Bamforth says Brynn "doesn't want to judge anybody for how they look, or their political stances, she will love them no matter [what]."
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Brynn's landslide election will help pay for the Rabbit Falls general store, which was destroyed by a fire last year and will need at least $400,000 to fully repair - if you're feeling generous you can donate here. While there's not much to do around town, Brynn is sure to lift everyone's spirits and be a good ambassador for Rabbit Hash. Her "indawguration" will make her the fourth dog to hold the village's highest office.
But not all of the dog mayors have been popular.
Goofy Borneman-Calhoun, a mutt, was the city's first non-human mayor in 1998 and served until he died in office at the ripe age of 16. Next was Junior Cochran, a black lab, who ran into some trouble while in office.
He was investigated by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, and banned from the General Store over complaints. Lucy Lou, a border collie and the city's first female dog mayor, had a better reception. She won Cincinnati CityBeat magazine's "best elected official" three years in a row.
Elsewhere, Duke the Dog has been elected mayor of Cormorant, Michigan 3 terms in a row. We hope these traditions take off, because lots of big cities could use the friendly touch a dog brings to the mayor's office.
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