America‘s youngest mayor, Bobby, 4, puts his campaign for second term as head of Minnesota town on hold as he goes fishing
By Simon Tomlinson DailyMail PUBLISHED: 10 July 2013
He’s not even in school yet, loves cotton candy ice cream and would rather go fishing than debating. But four-year-old Robert ‘Bobby’ Tufts commands a great deal of respect in one U.S. town. In fact, he’s the mayor. And he’s got the county’s top law enforcement official in his pocket.
Bobby was only three when he won election last year as the head of Dorset in Minnesota, which has a population of 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town.
Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World, has no formal city government.
Every year, the town draws a name during its Taste of Dorset Festival, and the winner gets to be mayor.
Bobby is running for a second term and he gets to draw the winning name on August 4, so it’s possible he could draw his own name.
Calls of ‘Mr Mayor‘ greet Bobby as he strolls around Dorset, handing out his campaign card.
One side shows Bobby, his dark hair slicked down, wearing his tan fishing vest over a suit jacket. The other side shows Bobby sitting in a porch swing with his girlfriend, Sophie.
‘I would love to be your Mayor as much as I love Sophie,’ the card reads.
‘He’s been pretty good. Lotta PR for the town,’ said his mother, Emma Tufts, 34. ‘I think he’s doing a fine job.’
Bobby’s job as mayor is to greet people as they come to Dorset, located among the pines and lakes of northern Minnesota about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Resorts and tourism are the main industry, and restaurants ranging from Mexican to Italian to family style line about two blocks on either side of the highway that runs through the middle of town.
Bobby’s major act as mayor so far has been to make ice cream the top of the food pyramid. He has many favorite flavors.
‘Chocolate. And vanilla. Strawberry. Cotton candy kind. And rainbow sherbet,’ said the mayor.
On a recent steamy summer morning, Bobby skipped ahead as he led a group of about 20 children and adults on a walk on the Heartland Trail to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, N.D.
He wore his signature black fedora, adorned with fishing lures and a large button with his photo, and seemed endlessly energetic.
‘I think he’s a cute little bugger and I think a lot of people share the same, you know, opinion as me, and it’s neat,’ Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes says.
‘You know, how often do you see a little kid like that who’s — call ’em camera-friendly or whatever, you know — he’s got a very good little personality, and he’s not afraid to show it. So I think it’s great.’
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