3-Year-Old Goat Named Lincoln Voted in as Honorary Mayor of Vermont Town

March 8, 2019


A 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln was voted "mayor" of Fair Haven, Vermont, this week, beating out a 16-candidate ballot full of dogs, cats and even a gerbil named Crystal. Lincoln took the title of Fair Haven's first-ever honorary pet mayor with a whopping 13 votes, beating out second-place finisher Sammie, a dog who only nabbed 10 votes. Lincoln's one-year tenure as mayor requires him to attend local events and march in the local Memorial Day parade while sporting a custom sash. Fair Haven, a town of roughly 2,500 residents, does not have a human mayor. Town Manager Joseph Gunter hoped the stunt would be a good way to raise money for a local playground, although it only brought in about $100. But he says there was a silver lining: "It was a great way to introduce the elementary school kids to local government."