Duke the Dog Mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota

A Dog In Minnesota Has Been Elected Mayor For The Third Time

Minnesota has a history of electing wildly unqualified honorary mayors.

By Samantha Crook | August 23, 2016

It's one thing to elect a dog as mayor. It's another to elect a dog as a mayor three times. But that's what happened to Duke. 

The 9-year-old Great Pyrenees was first elected as a write-in candidate in a small town in Minnesota in 2014 — and he beat the human competition. 

"Now, Richard, you were a candidate along with Duke. How do you feel after that election?" a reporter asked a former mayoral candidate. "Well, it was really depressing at first, but I'm getting over it real good," he told TV3.

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Duke's honorary position in a town of about 1,000 people isn't completely unprecedented in the state. Another small Minnesota town has had some unconventional mayors, as well —multiple preschool-aged children.

Duke's owner told WDAY all the voters this year were in Duke's camp — except for one person who voted for Duke's girlfriend, Lassie.

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