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5-year-old mayor in Minnesota is out after 2 terms
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After serving two consecutive terms as the mayor of Dorset, Minnesota, 5-year-old Robert "Bobby" Tufts is back to civilian life.

On Sunday, 16-year-old Eric Mueller's name was pulled from a ballot box during the Taste of Dorset festival, and thus Bobby's tenure came to an end. "It was fun, but it's time to pass on the vote," he told The Associated Press.

Dorset has no formal city government and a population of less than 28. Every year, people pay $1 to vote in the election, with the proceeds paying for the festival. Bobby was first elected at age 3, and as mayor raised money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley. He also decided to put ice cream at the very top of the food pyramid.

Even though Bobby's political career is over, he's hoping his brother will one day get elected, starting a Tufts dynasty. "I'm gonna let James do it," Bobby said. "He's 2."

- - Catherine Garcia
 
 
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