This week, a 7-year-old dog named Duke was elected mayor of Cormorant, a small town in Minnesota. The 12 residents each paid one dollar to cast their vote, local outlets report.
The Great Pyrenees apparently won by a landslide, beating out another human contender for the mayorship.
“Poor Richard Sherbrook that owns the Cormorant Store, he didn’t even have half as many votes as Duke did,” local resident Tricia Maloney told area news outlet WDAY-TV.
Duke will hold his position for one year after he’s officially sworn in on Saturday. His salary? A year’s worth of kibble, donated from a local pet food store.
Duke is not the first non-human to be elected to public office. Stubbs the cat, for example, has been the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for the past 17 years. Following a successful write-in campaign, the feline was sworn in as mayor of the small village shortly after his birth. He even survived an “assassination attempt” by a local dog in 2013!