The week’s good news: March 14, 2019

Residents of Fair Haven, Vermont, weren’t kidding when they elected a Nubian goat named Lincoln as mayor. With 13 votes, Lincoln eked out a victory over Sammie the dog, who received 10 votes. As the town’s first honorary pet mayor, Lincoln will attend events throughout the year and already has plans to march in a parade on Memorial Day. Fair Haven is home to 2,500 people and does not have a human mayor. Town Manager Joseph Gunter heard about a town in Michigan that voted for an honorary pet mayor, and he thought it would be fun to do the same thing. For $5, residents could enter their pets in the race, with every dollar going toward the building of a community playground. Not only was $100 raised, Gunter told The Associated Press, but it was also “a great way to introduce the elementary school kids to local government.” [The Associated Press]

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