Stubbs, the “cat mayor” of the town of Talkeetna, Alaska has maintained his title for 15 years.
Stubbs lives at the local Nagley’s General Store, is a famous tourist attraction for the town, and exceeds 1,000 Facebook friends.
Why is the cat “mayor” of the town?
15 years ago residents in the Alaskan town were unsatisfied with mayor candidates during election season.
Locals chose to write in Stubbs as a candidate on the ballots instead of voting for candidates they disliked, and to much surprise, he won.
“He was in a box full of kittens in the front of the store, and (the owners) were giving them away,” said Lauri Stec, manager of Nagley’s General Store, which doubles as the mayor’s office.. She picked “Stubbs” because he had no tail.
However, Stubbs’ position as mayor is only an honorary title.
“He doesn’t raise our taxes — we have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest,” said Stec.
Stubbs isn’t the purrrfect mayor, he often sleeps on the job.
“His biggest political rivals would be other local businesses that would hate that he comes over and takes a nap and leaves fur everywhere. They aren’t big fans of him,” Farrar said. “We usually say, ‘You have to deal with it. He runs the town.’”