One Minnesota mayor is going down in history, not just as an excellent public servant, but also as a very good dog! Duke, a friendly Great Pyrenees from the village of Cormorant, was always very popular amongst his fellow citizens. So, when residents nominated their favorite candidates for mayor, the pooch won by an overwhelming number of votes! He served for four years before passing away at the age of 13.
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This is Duke. He was first elected mayor of Cormorant as a write-in candidate in 2014. In 2016, literally everyone in the village voted for him. Duke passed away last week at the age of 13. He served with great honor and fluffy passion, and has been awarded the very rare 15/10 pic.twitter.com/uwPtQ7gFYW— WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) February 26, 2019
Duke’s election wasn’t technically official. Tricia Maloney, owner of The Cormorant Pub, had devised a just-for-fun ballot that would benefit charity. However, the village still swore the dog in as honorary mayor, making him something of a local hero. He even had a song written about him!
“Duke probably brought more to this community than any of us ever have,” said Tricia, speaking to NPR. “He never barked. He never growled. He never nothing. He will forever be our mayor.”
Although Duke the dog is no longer with us, he’s certainly left his pawprint on the town that elected him as their mayor. If you want to see more good pups working hard to serve their communities, check out these canines with careers!
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