Bulldog Mayor Elected in Small Town Race

  • And it was a record-breaking year.

It’s not the first time that an animal has been named “mayor” and it’s safe to say it won’t be the last. A bulldog mayor is coming to this tiny Kentucky town.

The pup earned 13,143 votes, setting a new record in the community of Rabbit Hash. Fun fact: this city has elected a dog as mayor since 1998.

How cool is that?

Wilbur has yet to come out with his policies, but he sure was the pup-ular choice. Out of 22,985, Wilbur set a record with his win of 13,143 votes.

This French bulldog is replacing the current mayor, Brynneth Pawltro, the pit bull who has been in office since 2017. Don’t think Wilbur was a shoe in though, he had competition.

His biggest opponents were a beagle named Jack Rabbit, a golden retriever named Poppy, a border collie named Lady Stone who served as ambassador of the town. She will be keeping her position and even announced his win on her own Facebook page.

Wilbur also has his own Facebook page where he shared images of his hard-won campaign to become mayor of “the most magical place on Earth.”

Rabbit Hash likes to choose its mayors “based on the candidates’ willingness to have their belly scratched,” according to the community’s website. These mayors help to promote the town, owned by the Rabbit Hash Historical Society.

Locals “vote” for the candidates every four years by donating to the society. Wilbur’s mayoral campaign raised $6,165 on an online fundraising page.

This tiny town mostly consists of a general store and the first mayor of Rabbit hash was Goofy Borneman. This dog of “unknown percentage” entered into the office in 1998 during Boone County’s bicentennial celebration.

Rabbit Hash has had the mayoral race ever since, and it all started with Goofy. Congrats on your new bulldog mayor, Wilbur!