Vermont town elects goat as mayor

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FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (NEWS10) – It was a tight mayoral race for the town of Fair Haven. Some may say it went to the dogs, but it was a goat that took top prize.

Lincoln the goat was propelled into the spotlight by her owner’s grandson Sullivan Clark.

“I think part of it was the name. It’s got some good political recognition,” said Sullivan’s mother Molly Clark.

The pre-kindergarten student nominated the goat after the town manager held the election as a means to raise money for a new playground.

“It’s over 20 years old, so it’s time for a replacement,” said Town Manager Joseph Gunter.

Lincoln’s election didn’t meet the fundraising goal of $80,000, but it did something else.

“Originally it was a fundraiser, but it kind of morphed into a civics lesson,” Gunter said.

“Kids got to vote. So when they went to the polling place with their parents, they were able to participate,” said Lincoln’s owner Christopher Stanton.

Lincoln’s title is only honorary. No actual bills or budgeting will be required, but the town will get to know her through the various appearances required of the title.

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