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It’s all fun and games until someone isn’t learning their ABCs. Robert “Bobby” Tufts is about to start his second term as the mayor of Dover, Minnesota. Dover is a town so small, it doesn’t have a government. Instead, residents vote for the mayor at the Taste of Dorset Festival a year, paying a buck a ballot. The town then draws a name and that person becomes mayor. Bobby won over the crowd last year when he was just 3 and now he’s trying again.

Bobby’s mom Emma Tufts told USA Today, “He’s been pretty good. Lotta PR for the town. I think he’s doing a fine job.” Not that his job is especially taxing. Bobby’s time as mayor in the last year has mostly consisted of him greeting people that come to visit the little tourist town 150 miles outside of Minneapolis. He also made the really important pronouncement that ice cream is now at the top of the food pyramid (his favorite flavor is chocolate. And vanilla. and strawberry).

Bobby’s a pretty cute kid, and cute kids sell stuff, like tours of charming Midwestern towns. But that’s just it–Bobby’s a kid. He hasn’t even gone to kindergarten yet. His little mind is in an important formative stage and he should be doing his favorite activities like fishing with his dad, not performing for grown-ups. But maybe, just maybe, Bobby is the sort of extroverted kid that gets a lot out of interacting with people this way and his parents have found a controlled, safe way for him to express himself.

What do you think. Would you let your preschooler be mayor?

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