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article image5-year-old mayor in Minnesota loses re-election to teenager

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Aug 5, 2014 in Politics
Mendota - Robert "Bobby" Tufts failed to be elected as mayor of Dorset for a third consecutive term after losing out to a 16-year-old on Sunday.
Mashable reports that Eric Mueller will take over as the new mayor after his name was pulled from a ballot box during the annual festival known as the Taste of Dorset.
According to ABC News, Tufts was first elected as mayor back in 2012 when he was only three years old.
During his tenure as mayor, Tufts managed to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps children who require medical care.
He also put his own spin on nutritional values by designating the top of the food pyramid for ice cream.
Tufts said of his defeat:
"It was fun, but it's time to pass on the vote."
He further suggested that his younger brother, who is currently only two, may run for mayor in the future.
Fox News reports that Emily Tufts, his mother, feels that her son could use the break and will likely just enjoy being a kid without the added pressure of responsibility.
Dorset, which considers itself to be the "Restaurant Capital of the World," is a small tourist town with no official form of government. The position of mayor is considered to be more of an honorary post than an official government title.
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