When the residents of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky voted for the mayor to be elected, red or blue wasn’t their biggest concern.
Voters instead are choosing which cute animal will become their town’s next mayor. Though the position is mostly symbolic, it helps by bringing financial support and attention to their village, Rabbit Hash, a 19th-century river town.
This year, a rooster and a cat joined the mayoral race/fundraiser, though dog candidates dominated the race. After counting the ballots, Fox News said an adorable French Bulldog named Wilbur won by a landslide.
Wilbur isn’t the first dog mayor that Rabbit Hash has had. They have elected dogs since the late ’90s. A rescue dog named Goofy was the first dog mayor, and he sadly passed away a few years later at 16 years old. Junior, a black lab was the next to take the mantle, then he was followed by a border collie named Lucy Lou. She was the third dog and the first female to be elected as Rabbit Hash’s mayor back in 2008. Bryenneth Pawltro, the town’s outgoing mayor, is a lovely and friendly rescue pit bull.
Wilbur will also set a first as the new mayor. He has such a big mandate, with 13,143 votes out of 22,000. This monumental outcome is even more impressive, considering that Rabbit Hash doesn’t have nearly that large of a population. The donors are given votes to cast for their chosen candidates based on their contributions to the town.
Wilbur’s owner Amy Noland spoke on Wilbur’s behalf and said that it’s an exciting and meaningful cause to preserve their little town of Rabbit Hash. She also said that everyone is welcome to the town where they will continue doing fun events that will show the town’s charm and nostalgia for everyone. Congratulations on becoming mayor Wilbur.
Source Rabbit Hash Historical Society via Facebook