Talkeetna, Alaska Re-Elects Mayor Stubbs - The Cat!
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This week: In a small Alaskan town, mayor Stubbs has been re-elected. But that's not the news - mayor Stubbs is not of actually of the human species –he’s a cute, cuddly cat!
Stubbs has been acting as Talkeetna, Alaska’s mayor ever since he was born 15 years ago. Locals know him as “Mayor Stubbs,” and with a city of only 900 residents, Stubbs must be pretty close to all their hearts.
So how did the town decide to elect a cat as Mayor?
Most of the townspeople say they simply disliked the candidates who were running for Mayor. As a joke, they encouraged people to vote for a cat as a write-in candidate – and it actually worked! Stubbs got so many votes, he was officially elected Mayor!
Stubb’s favorite part in the town to hang out is the Nagley’s General Store. He comes and goes as he pleases, and always starts the day with catnip in a wine glass. :)
People from all over the world travel to catch a glimpse of Stubbs, making Talkeetna a great tourist destination in the summer.
"Their tour guides will trick them," said Skye Farrar, who also works at Nagley's,
"They'll tell them to go to Nagley's and ask for the mayor. Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him."
Apparently, he’s fairly popular because one of my friends actually met him! She lived in Alaska for awhile and stopped in this town for lunch one day. I found this out during a conversation her and I had over facebook and she says Stubbs is a pretty cool cat,
“Ok so I met Stubbs last year and he's cool...I would have voted for him too! Plus, he does run the town and everyone lets him ;-)” –Liz Tracey.