When Political Candidates Fail to Appeal, Animals Step Up to the Plate

Canine mayors and mascot candidates may be just what any standard election needs. While voters tend to be disenchanted with career politician, a crop of non-standard political candidates has been making the news -- and getting votes.

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Canine Mayors

Lucy Lou is the mayor of Rabbit Hash, Ky. As outlined by AOL News, she is also a dog -- a border collie, to be exact. Her competition for the job was stiff; there were a human, a donkey, a cat, and a possum opposing Lucy Lou. Granted, the post is ceremonial, the city measures only three acres, and there are just seven buildings in Rabbit Hash. Even so, locals believe her to be perfect for the job: "It's a low-paying, highly visible position. She has to do a lot of footwork." Although this canine mayor is a tongue-in-cheek political office holder, it is actually a time-honored tradition to propose animals as candidates for political office.

Not to be outdone by Kentucky, California, too, has a municipality that elected a canine mayor. NBC reported on Bosco Ramos, Sunol's first canine mayor. A mix between a Rottweiler and a black Lab, the Pleasanton Weekly recounted his official vest that the dog wore to parades. With about 1,000 residents in the small town, the publication went on to surmise that "the unincorporated town has a spirit of its own."

When Humans decide to cash in on Animal Appeal

The animal appeal also helped Hartlepool's Stuart Drummond to be elected as mayor. Situated in northeast England, the Guardian reported that Drummond dressed in the mascot costume of H'Angus the Monkey. It started as a joke: Drummond would wear the mascot costume and get the monkey placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate. The British football club would reap the publicity. Unexpectedly, the mascot won on the campaign promise of giving every pupil a daily banana ration. "I didn't honestly expect to win. It was a bit of a laugh really. I was only looking for coverage for the mascot," Drummond told the publication. It is interesting to note that this unlikely candidate won two re-election campaigns. After his last win in 2009, Hartlepool's mayor told the BBC "being the mayor is a massive, massive honour. It is not a job I take lightly."

Perhaps voters do not need to resort to voting into office man's best friend in the hopes of garnering attention and affecting some change in status quo politics. Maybe it is enough to opt for the candidate who simply refuses to take the campaign too seriously. Of course, a monkey costume or other mascot outfit always helps.