The dog won the race with a whopping 13,143 votes
Rabbit Hash, a small town in Kentucky along the Ohio River has elected a dog as their new mayor. Wilbur Beast, a French bulldog won the race with 13,143 votes, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. What's even more amazing is that this was the highest winning total ever recorded for the position, Lexington Herald Reader reported.
This is actually not the first "canine in chief" for Rabbit Hash. The community has been electing dogs as its mayors every four years since the 1990s. Residents have been casting their votes which cost $1. The proceeds of which are donated to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. According to FOX News, "Rabbit Hash is known for its historic general store that dates back to the 19th century, but it was destroyed in a 2016 fire. The store has since been rebuilt, and the mayoral 'election' is a fundraiser in which each dollar donated counts as a vote for the candidate of the donor’s choice."
The mayoral election in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, was called for Wilbur Beast, a French Bulldog, in a landslide victory. https://t.co/x72g3Jrsbw— Courier Journal (@courierjournal) November 4, 2020
Wilbur's spokesperson, Amy Noland, who is also his human caretaker and companion, thanked both local supporters and everyone from all over the world who elected Wilbur. In a written statement, they said, "It’s an exciting adventure and a deeply meaningful cause to preserve the river hamlet town of Rabbit Hash, Ky. The town welcomes visitors and will continue to provide fun events for all ages to come to experience the nostalgia and charm we have to offer." The historical society noted that over 22,000 votes were cast in the ballot making this the highest total ever recorded for one of their elections. Coming in the second and third positions respectively were a beagle called Jack Rabbit and a golden retriever called Poppy. Together they will be Rabbit Hash Ambassadors along with Ambassador Lady Stone, who will retain her position, the Rabbit Hash Historical Society announced.
As for Wilbur, some public events will be planned in the future. Meanwhile, his rep encouraged anyone interested to reach out on social media, promising that he’ll be “all ears." WLWT reports that "Wilbur hopes to continue to raise money through donations to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society and many other causes, including mental health and breast cancer." His campaign raised a total of $6,165. The race raised a total of $13,156. Wilbur will be replacing Mayor Brynneth Pawltro, a pit bull who has faithfully served since 2017.
According to Huffington Post, "The first mayor of Rabbit Hash was Goofy Borneman, a dog born of 'unknown parentage' who entered office in 1998 when Boone County held a bicentennial celebration and a mayoral race for Rabbit Hash started." Wilbur has his own Facebook page where he calls his home the "most magical place on earth"