This is what happens when you choose your mayor by drawing names from a hat.

Well this is adorable.

Dorset, Minnesota, population 22, has a mayor who isn't even in kindergarten. That'd be Bobby Tufts, who is four. Tufts is by his own account an excellent fisherman and has a girlfriend named Sophia.

Dorset mayors are picked by drawing names from a hat and serve a one-year term. You don't even have to be a resident to enter the drawing, you just have to pay $1 at the annual Taste of Dorset festival, which hosts the "election." How's that for a civic promotion?

Via WFMY News.

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