Election season isn't over yet for voters in Littleton, who have an important decision to make within the coming days: Which canine friend will lead the city as its honorary dog mayor?
Hosted by the nonprofit Historic Littleton Inc., 10 dogs are in the running to be elected as the city's first-ever dog mayor with voting set to end on Dec. 7.
Katherine Roxborough, who serves on Historic Littleton's board, said the election presents an opportunity to raise more awareness about the nonprofit's mission of preserving the city's historical sites.
“The dog mayor really can bring interest across all members of our community,” she said. “(The dog mayor) will be a spokesperson to draw people in to listen to our message.”
The timing of the mayoral election was also intentional, said Roxborough, as it comes off the heels of the election of the city's new (human) mayor, Kyle Schlachter. Schlachter was the first mayor in decades to be elected directly by voters, a break from the past tradition of city council appointing the mayor from among their ranks.
From Nov. 1 to Nov. 22, dog owners across the city nominated their canine candidate in posts featured on the nonprofit's Instagram. Many were photographed near historic buildings and included brief historical tidbits that showed the owner's knowledge of the site.
Some dogs were even fashioned in attire befitting of the area's historical significance, such as a judge outside the Littleton Municipal Courthouse, or a firefighter outside the city's historic fire engines.
Roxborough said 10 candidates were chosen and put forward as finalists for mayor. As of Sunday, Nov. 29, Roxborough said more than 1,000 people had voted.
The dog mayor will serve a two-year term with elections set to continue in the future, said Roxborough, who added that the dog mayor election will coincide with Littleton's council elections. Along with representing Littleton and its historical sites, the dog mayor may play a role in future city events and marketing.
When asked if voters can expect certain policy changes from their newly elected canine leader, such as an increase in fire hydrants or mandatory belly rubs, Roxborough said that's “to be determined.”
You can go to tinyurl.com/dogmayorvote to vote for one of 10 candidates for dog mayor.
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