Dog, goat mayors raise money for playground

FAIR HAVEN, VERMONT (AP) – A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a Vermont community playground.

The oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money to rehabilitate the playground and to help get local kids civically involved came from a local town manager.

In 2018, Fair Haven residents elected Lincoln the goat as its honorary mayor. Lincoln helped raise about USD10,000 while the current mayor, Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, has raised USD20,000, Town Manager Joe Gunter told the Rutland Herald. The town chipped in another USD20,000.

Murfee’s owner, Linda Barker, said that when she was talked into having Murfee get involved in politics, she thought it would be easy to raise money through T-shirts. Then the pandemic struck. So she shifted to masks.

She’s made nearly 1,000 of them, and will be making another round of them for Valentine’s Day. She raised more than USD5,000 from the masks and a similar amount from basket raffles.