Goat elected honorary mayor of Vermont town

Town manager decided to hold a special election as a fundraiser
Lincoln the goat was elected honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vt.
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Lincoln the goat was elected honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vt.

A goat got the vote in the mayoral election in Fair Haven, Vermont this week. 

Lincoln, a 3-year-old Nubian goat, was elected honorary mayor of the town on Tuesday, as was first reported in the Rutland Herald. 

Fair Haven, which is located in Rutland County and has a population of less than 3,000, is run by Town Manager Joe Gunter. He decided to hold a special election as a fundraiser after a town in his home state of Michigan held one. 

The playground behind the elementary school needed work and Gunter thought a pet election might be just the ticket. 

“It’s a fun way to get involved in government,” Gunter said. 

Campaigning started last fall, with 16 animals entering in the race. Most of the candidates were dogs and cats, though there was a gerbil named Crystal and, of course, Lincoln the goat. 

Lincoln’s owner, Christopher Stanton, is a grade school math teacher at Fair Haven. He’d originally bought Lincoln to help control the brush around his house, said Gunter.

Last fall, his grandson suggested they enter Lincoln into the mayoral race because of her floppy ears (hence the name Lincoln).

In all, 53 ballots were cast and Lincoln took 13 of them, ultimately winning the title of “honorary mayor.” 

Although the town hasn’t reached its funding goal for the playground, Gunter said they’ve set up a GoFundMe. In the meantime, Lincoln will serve out a one year term as honorary mayor of Fair Haven. 

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