August 4, 2014 5:27 pm

5-year-old loses re-election to teenager as mayor of tiny U.S. tourist town

In this Wednesday, June 26, 2013 file photo Bobby Tufts hands out his card to potential voters for his re-election bid.

AP Photo/Jeff Baenen

DORSET, Minn. – A 5-year-old boy’s run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

Robert “Bobby” Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset on Sunday. Sixteen-year-old Eric Mueller of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, won when his name was drawn from the ballot box during the annual Taste of Dorset festival.

Bobby was only 3 when he was first elected mayor in 2013. Dorset, about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis, has no formal city government and a population ranging from nine to 28.

One of Bobby’s major acts was to declare ice cream top of the food pyramid.

Eric, the new mayor, was prompted to run after eating five fried ice creams at one sitting. He’ll be a high school junior this fall.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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