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Meet Stubbs, the Cat Mayor!

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Meet Stubbs, the Cat Mayor!

 

How can an elected official get away with sleeping on the job and still have an extremely high approval rating? Well, in the case of Stubbs, the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, it’s because he’s a cat. Yep, this town has had a feline in its highest office for over 15 years, making him one of the longest-serving mayors in the United States!

Located at the base of Mount McKinley, the 800 or so residents of this tiny town elected Stubbs into office as a write-in candidate because they were dissatisfied with the humans on the ballot. Stubbs became the mayor, a position that is largely symbolic, when he was just a kitten.

These days, Stubbs spends his time in the mayoral office, which doubles as a general store. The store’s manager, Lauri Stec, told CNN that Talkeetna is satisfied with their cat mayor, because, “He doesn’t raise our taxes — we have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest.” Another perk of having a feline as a mayor? Stubbs has made Talkeetna a tourist attraction!

You can subscribe to Facebook updates from Mayor Stubbs here, and check the next page for video!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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11:53PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

How about a cat defense attorney, Purry Mason, or a cat soldier, Sgt. Furry

12:35AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thanks for the share!

2:18PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Probably get more sense out of him than most politicians!

11:49AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

I'd Vote for him!!!

5:53PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Interesting... looks like it works for that town :)

8:47AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Probably less harmful than Sarah Palin...and doesn't quit in the middle of his first term. Maybe a good running mate for Mitt.

11:12AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Wish we had a cat mayor in my town....it would be a definite improvement.

8:46AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

So appropo

6:45PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Nice.

4:11PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

What a great idea -- you couldn't ask more from a mayor -- you go Stubbs!

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