Vermont town elects 3-year-old goat to serve as honorary mayor

A 3-year-old goat in Vermont beat out more than a dozen other pets for the title of honorary mayor.

Lincoln, a Nubian goat, was chosen by residents in Fair Haven, a town of roughly 2,500 people that sits along the border of Upstate New York, to serve as mayor for one year.

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The goat was among 15 other animals on the ballot in the running for the honorary position. Lincoln beat out several other animals, including cat Sassy Towle, a dog named Stella Heibler and a gerbil named Crystal, for the job.

Lincoln took 13 of the 53 votes cast, just surpassing a dog named Sammie Viger who took home 11.

Lincoln, a Nubian goat, runs around with pasture mate Lucy at their home in Fair Haven.

Lincoln, a Nubian goat, runs around with pasture mate Lucy at their home in Fair Haven. (Robert Layman/The Rutland Herald via AP)

As mayor, Lincoln will be expected to attend local and major events, including the Memorial Day parade, for which he'll wear a custom sash.

Fair Haven doesn't have a human mayor. Town Manager Joe Gunter told the Rutland Herald he got the "great idea" to elect an animal to office from a small town in Michigan.

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He said he figured the election would be a good way to raise money to create a local playground. It only raised about $100 through a $5 entry fee, but it reportedly provided other benefits.

"It turned into a good civics lesson," he told the news outlet. "Get the kids involved in town government. (I) thought this was a great way to break the ice with the kids."

Lincoln is set to take office on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.