A 15-year-old cat named Stubbs, has been mayor of Talkeetna for most of his life. The cat has been the mayor of the small tourist town in Alaska with about 900 residents for more than a decade.
The cat, described as "part-manx," was named honorary mayor of Talkeeetna, shortly after he was born. KTUU-TV reports locals call the cat "Mayor Stubbs."
According to Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley's General Store in Talkeetna, where Stubbs spends most of his time, "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things."
KTUU-TV reports that 15 years ago, some residents of the town did not approve of the candidates who were running for mayor, so as a way of expressing their feelings, they convinced people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate, and he won.
Local tour guides have been playing practical jokes on thousands of tourists who visit the town in summer. Skye Farrar, who also works at Nagley's, said: "Their tour guides will trick them. They'll tell them to go to Nagley's and ask for the mayor."
Stec said: "Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him."
The Denver Post reports that Stubbs gets letters and cards from people everyday.
Stubbs always keeps a particular appointment at Nagley's. Talkeetna resident Jerry Roach, said: "Every day he goes in there and has catnip in a wine glass."
According to the Daily Mail, Mayor Stubbs has a Facebook page with almost 1,000 friends, more than the 900 residents of the town at the base of Mount McKinley.
Residents sum up the major benefit of Stubbs' mayorship as increased tourism for the town. Farrar said: "I'm very confident that Talkeena will be A-OK, as long as we have Stubbs around."
People of the town say they hope that as the word spreads about Mayor Stubbs, more tourists will be visiting Alaska just to see him.