Cats, dogs and a mule: Animals with political aspirations

Stubbs, a part-manx cat with a short tail, has been the mayor of what Alaskan town for 15 years?...

Stubbs, a part-manx cat with a short tail, has been the mayor of what Alaskan town for 15 years? (Facebook/HO)

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Loyal, trustworthy and the messes they leave can be easily cleaned up with a baggie or some paper towels.

So why wouldn’t you want a dog as mayor?

Residents in the town of Cormorant, Minn., recently decided to put a 'top dog' in charge when they elected a seven-year-old Great Pyrenees named Duke to the position. (Click here for story)

But he’s not the only canine – or feline – with political aspirations. Check out the list below.

WINNERS

Stubbs – Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska

One of the longest running - and perhaps most famous - on our list of mayors is Stubbs. The seasoned veteran has held the position in this town of 900 people for 17 years. It hasn’t all been shaking paws and kissing kittens, however. Last year, a loose dog attacked the orange cat, leaving the town's mayor with a large gash, a fractured sternum and a punctured lung.

Lucy Lou — Mayor of Rabbit Hash, Ky.

A lifelong resident of the town, with a population of just over 300, this red and white border collie has held the mayoral position since 2008, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou ran with the campaign slogan, “the bitch you can count on” and is not the first canine mayor of the town. It took over from Junior, a black Labrador, and Goofy the German shepherd.

Boston Curtis -- Republican precinct committeeman for Milton, Wash.

This mule wasn't about to make an ass of itself when it ran for the committeeman position in 1938. According to ABC News, Boston Curtis won with 51 votes in the state's primary election. The mule ran uncontested.

Bosco — Former mayor of Sunol, Calif.

Bosco was elected in 1981 and died in 1994, but the town of Sunol, Calif., loves their former mayor so much a local restaurant features a specially engineered, Bosco-like stuffed dead dog behind the bar. And it even pees beer, according to RoadsideAmerica.com. Not to worry, the town has a more fitting tribute to the pooch too - a statue of the black Labrador and Rottweiler mix.

Clay Henry III -- Mayor of Lajitas, Texas

He's certainly a goat, but the verdict is still out on whether he is the Greatest Of All Time. (GOAT, get it?) Clay Henry III was elected mayor in 2000. Its claim to fame is being able to drink a full beer, much like its predecessor, Clay Henry II (no relation). The goat has also endured tough times throughout its political career. In 2006, it was attacked and castrated, according to ABC News. But Clay Henry III made a recovery. And is still drinking beer.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Tuxedo Stan - Although it never won, the cat from Halifax, N.S., was a mayoral candidate in the 2012 municipal elections, representing the Tuxedo Party.

Pigasus the Immortal - A boar hog nominated as a candidate in the U.S. presidential election in 1968.

Tiao - A chimpanzee that ran for mayor of Rio de Janeiro in 1988.


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