'America's cutest former mayor' endorses younger brother for office in Dorset


A contender to be the next mayor of a northwestern Minnesota town has gotten an adorable endorsement.

"America's cutest former mayor" Bobby Tufts, who made headlines around the nation when he was elected mayor at age 3, and then re-elected at age 4, has announced his support for his younger brother, 3-year-old James Tufts, to be the next mayor of Dorset, WCCO reports.

James made his first campaign appearance Monday on WCCO (watch the video below) ahead of Sunday's election.

If voted in, James will be the youngest mayor in state history – two days younger than Bobby was when he was elected.

Bobby has been giving his younger brother some campaign advice, telling him to be sure to wave with his right hand and to "not talk poopy to people, to be nice," the former mayor told WCCO.

And like his brother, James plans to enjoy a lot of ice cream if he's voted in.

Last summer, Bobby didn't win re-election for a third term as mayor, turning the title over to 16-year-old Eric Mueller.

The mayor of Dorset has no official duties and doesn't earn a salary. The voting is a part of the annual Taste of Dorset festival, with the event's website noting "anyone on planet Earth will be allowed the title 'Mayor of Dorset'" – the only requirement is that those throwing their hat into the ring must pay a $1 entry fee.

Thanks Ione, you did a wonderful job. Thanks to ALL the Festival was a great success !!! We had plenty of vendors, food and fun. Now we put the focus on the TASTE OF DORSET. Robert is endorsing his "bother" James for the new Mayor position. Remember folks "It's all about the TASTE, 'bout the TASTE, of DORSET"

Posted by Dorset, MN on Sunday, June 28, 2015

The winner is drawn at random, but contenders can enter their name (or the name of someone else) as many times as they want, as long as they pay the $1 fee.

The winner will be drawn at 2 p.m. Sunday, the festival website says.

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