A newly elected mayor after a landslide victory in the northwestern Minnesota village of Cormorant has been receiving congratulations gifts of kibble! It may seem like an unconventional gift for a new mayor, but not for this one.
Enter Duke, a 7-year-old dog, who was elected as honorary mayor in the village’s recent election.
Duke’s competition was Richard Sherbrook, owner of the Cormorant store. Sherbrook “didn’t even have half as many votes as Duke did,” Cormorant resident Tricia Maloney told WDAY6.
Duke gained popularity by his commitment to making sure cars don’t go over the speed limit, and making residents of the village feel safe.
Twelve residents in Cormorant each paid a dollar to vote for Duke, and after a five-week election, Duke was declared victor.
After his victory, Duke was pampered with grooming for five hours and was given a new outfit (including a top hat!) to help with his new duties as mayor.
Duke will be sworn in as mayor Saturday.
We wish him the best of luck with his new position!
Watch a video of Duke in action here!