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4-YEAR-OLD MAYOR

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Robert ‘Bobby’ Tufts isn’t yet in preschool, but he’s been elected twice the mayor of a town in Minnesota.

Mayor Tufts’ name was picked Sunday during annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a second term. 

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The city has a small city government and a population of 220 to 240.  Like any small town, Mayor Tufts only works a few weeks a year and makes decisions about budgets and taxes.

In the election, anyone could vote as many times as they like — for $1 a vote — at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town.

Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year. His mother, Emma Tufts, said she and her son, who turns 5 in October, got choked up when his name was pulled for re-election Sunday.

‘He’s been going since 3 o’clock yesterday with cameras on his face,’ she said Sunday afternoon. ‘He’s having a long day but he’s done really well. I’m surprised.’

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Asked how he felt during a phone interview, a tired Bobby made clear he was done answering questions. ‘I want to be with the boys,’ he told his mother.

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 They were on their way to dinner and then planned to go fishing or have a bonfire to celebrate. Bobby, of nearby Nevis, starts preschool this fall.Emma Tufts said her son’s agenda includes raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota, and a new welcome sign for Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World.President Obama has invited Mayor Tufts to the White House and may make him an official advisor on Obamacare.

Originally reported in The Associated Press.