Incumbency has its advantages ... and in a certain municipal contest up in Hubbard County one of the biggest is the irresistible charm of a four-year-old.
The town near Park Rapids doesn't really have a city government. That makes the mayor something of a figurehead, who is selected in a raffle held during their summer festival, A Taste of Dorset.
Last year the name pulled out of the hat was that of a three-year-old, Bobby Tufts.
Nearly a year later the Associated Press finds an older, more politically savvy Bobby is out on the campaign trail. And it may pay off: Dorset residents who pay a dollar are entitled to drop a name in the hat. Another dollar? Another vote.
Sounds like the makings of a political dynasty. Four more years?
Neighbors greet Bobby as "Mr. Mayor" during his strolls around town in his trademark fedora. In a tourist town it seems appropriate that two of his biggest loves are fishing and ice cream. And he's no stranger to the camera. The spectacle of a four-year-old mayor lures plenty of media coverage.
As his mother, Emma, tells the AP "He's been pretty good. Lotta PR for the town. I think he's doing a fine job."
Sounds like a winning recipe for re-election. This year's edition of A Taste of Dorset is coming up on August 4th.