mgbhardcastle – On Wednesday, the city of Cormorant, Minnesota, re-elected its mayor for a third consecutive term. The mayor's name is Duke, and he's a 9 year-old Great Pyrenees.
Oddly enough, this is not a first time an animal has run for public office and won. In fact, there are two non-humans running in this year's presidential election.
Here's a list of seven animals that have either ran or are still running for office:
Pigasus the Immortal
Pigasus the Immortal was a boar hog who became the presidential nominee for the Yippies (Youth International Party) in 1968. But Pigasus' candidacy was short-lived. During a rally announcing the pig's acceptance to become the Yippies' nominee, he was seized by Chicago police and transported to the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. As a result, seven Yippies were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
In 1981, a Black Labrador and Rottweiler mix named Bosco Ramos defeated two humans in the unincorporated town of Sunol, California. After winning the election, reporters from around the world flocked to Sunol to meet the dog. A Chinese newspaper, The People's Daily, ran a story about Ramos' election, claiming into to be example as to why free elections are flawed.
Ramos would go onto serve 13 years in office until he died in 1994. Fourteen years later, the town erected a Bronze statue of their first K9 mayor in front of the local post office.
Hank the Cat
Hank the Cat ran for Senate in Virginia in 2012 against George Allen and Tim Kaine. The Main Coon cat finished in third place with 7,000 votes. During Hank's campaign, his owner Anthony Roberts raised $60,000 from animal rescue organizations. After the election, Roberts donated the money to multiple animal charities.
Limberbutt McCubbins is a cat from Kentucky who is officially registered to run as a democratic candidate for this year's presidential race. The idea for Limberbutt to run for president came from high school senior Isaac Weiss. The objective behind Limberbutt's candidacy is to bring reform to the Federal Election Commission. Weiss said that the form to register the cat as a presidential candidate took just 20 minutes to fill out and it did not require a social security number.
In 1938, a brown mule named Boston Curtis from Milton, Washington ran for a Republican precinct seat. The mule won in a landslide, 51-0. The town's Mayor Kenneth Simmons, a democrat, filed Boston Curtis' documents and endorsed him during the election. He wanted to prove the point that people don't actually know who they're voting for.
Crawfish B. Crawfish
Joining Limberbutt McCubbins in the 2016 presidential election is a crawfish from Louisiana named Crawfish B. Crawfish. Like McCubbins, Crawfish is also a registered with the FEC. His campaign began on a Facebook page titled "Can This Crawfish Get More Supporters Than Bobby Jindal?" The crawfish is running for a non-listed party, as he opposes the bi-partisan system, according to his website.
Molly the Dog
Molly is a dachshund from Oklahoma who ran for president in 2008 for the BYOB party. Unfortunately for Molly, she lost in a landslide to Barack Obama.