Are you worn down by today’s politics? Think elections have gotten too nasty? Don’t you wish we could just vote for a dog, a donkey, or a chicken?
Well you can! Just move to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, a town that’s had dogs as mayors since 1998.
Think a dog seems unqualified to hold a government position? Well, the animal mayor is more of a ceremonial position — the dogs aren’t working on tax reform or redistricting laws. It’s just that Rabbit Hash realized they didn’t actually need a mayor, and decided to have some fun with it, electing a dog named Goofy Borneman to the top office.
The last mayor, a border collie named Lucy Lou, stepped down last year after imposing an eight-year term limit. And after a cutthroat race last November, Rabbit Hash has a new mayor: a rescue pit bull (hilariously) named Brynneth Pawltrow, though that’s Mayor Brynn to you.
What are you up to on this beautiful Sunday afternoon? I'll be hanging out in my town, keeping the peace! If you decide…
The election also serves as a town fundraising event. Each vote costs one dollar (which would normally be unconstitutional, but remember that it’s a vote for a chicken and just roll with it), which goes towards maintenance for the town.
This election year in particular, the money went toward the General Store, according to the New York Post, which was badly damaged in a fire. Mayor Brynn was there for the grand re-opening:
Guess what tomorrow is?! The day we have all patiently been waiting for, but it certainly could not come soon enough……
That’s a mayor who cares about her people.
Technically, Brynn doesn’t live in Rabbit Hash, according to MSN, but rather lives six miles away, with her human, a 23-year-old college student named Jordie Bamforth. But she’s a huge fan of the town and still qualified for the race.
Brynn was sworn in at an Inpawguration Ceremony on Jan. 20. Trump’s inauguration may have gotten all the headlines that day, but deep down we all know which was more important.
But Brynn didn’t just paw her way right in to office.
She fought and campaigned hard, beating a whole barnyard of competition, including Higgins the donkey and Bossy the chicken, with each slogan punnier than the last.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you the 2016 Rabbit Hash Mayoral Candidates!
But Brynn prevailed (with over 3,000 votes) on a simple message of friendship, peace, and love, proving you can still win in politics without resorting to gimmicks.
A true diplomat, Brynn even has the runner-up dogs in the election, Lady Stone and Bourbon, serving as ambassadors at events she cannot attend herself.
Also it’s worth noting that Brynn is a pit bull, a dog breed that often gets a bad rep for being vicious and unfriendly. Brynn seeks to be an ambassador for her breed, spreading the message that pit bulls can be kind and gentle.
Hey folks & yocals of Rabbit Hash and beyond! I want to thank each of you all again for the love and support of my…
So here’s to Brynneth Pawltrow! May she reign for many successful years.
For more information about the town of Rabbit Hash and its dog mayors, you can visit the website of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. To follow along with Mayor Brynn, you can visit her Facebook page.