This pint-sized politician may not speak softly but he sure does carry a big stick. Mayor Robert Tufts is calling the shots in Dorset, Minn., a small community near Park Rapids.
The four-year-old might not have the academic credentials for the job (he hasn’t passed kindergarten). But residents say he’s got the chops--and the mouth--to run the town.
“He’s amazing. He’s just completely amazing,” said Kathy Schmidt, whose family has lived in the area for four generations. “He’s right in your face and well-spoken. You can’t imagine what a ball of fire he is.” The mayor can sing and dance with the best of them, WCCO reports.
家族四代人都住在小镇上的凯西·施密特表示：“他很棒，真的非常棒。他站在你面前，说话头头是道。你可能想不到，但他真的是个才智过人精力充沛的孩子。” 根据WCCO网站的报道， 塔夫斯才艺多多，能唱会跳。
He guides his citizens safely across the street, big stick in hand. He’s also an expert fisherman and knows how to dole out advice about the best bait to use.
And he’s not ashamed to talk about his love life. He says he has just one girlfriend for now--a girl named Sophia. It’s unclear whether the town’s first lady knows that she’s captured the mayor’s heart.
Mayor Tufts was chosen at last year’s “Taste of Dorset” festival. The small town selects its leader in a drawing during the popular event. Campaigns don’t cost much in Dorset--just $1 will get your name in the hat.
Robert is not the first young leader of Dorset, with the town having previously had a 5-year-old from Chicago in charge. The town boasts a population of 22.