Calif. Town to Elect Dog or Cat as Mayor
Chip, owned by Gary Budnick, is just one of the slate of furry four-footed candidates hoping to be mayor of Idyllwild (PHOTO: THE VALLEY CHRONICLE / June 6, 2012)
Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild, known as ARF, announced 16 nominations for its June election.
ARF rallied the community for nominations and the 'Cat Party' selected two qualified contenders, Janice Murasko of ARF told the Valley Chronicle.
The Dog Party nominated many well-qualified canines with a total of 14 candidates, she said.
In this unique election, the amount of money raised for each candidate will determine the final outcome, Murasko said.
"People will vote with their wallets," she said.
The official elections will be held June 11-13 in front of the Idyllwild Post Office, with ARF representatives accepting nominations for each candidate vying for the coveted mayor post.
The idea for the fundraiser election was brought to ARF by Shela Boynton, an ARF employee.
The ARF Flyer in support of the election reads: "Dogs and cats aren't politicians. They don't know rhetoric, revenge, cheating, lying and taxation."
Among the candidates is Chip, a two-year-old Shepherd mix owned by Idyllwild deli owner Gary Budnick and adopted from ARF a year ago. Budnick and deli employee Leah Munoz both feel strongly that Chip will be the best mayor.
"Chip is going to win this election," said Munoz. "He has a bone for every bowl. He's a loving dog."
Munoz said she also loves the campaign of the black cat 'Inksworth von Fluffypants of Zanzibar,' better know locally as Inky, who sleeps and purrs at INK Book Gathering in Idyllwild.
Julie Johnson is seven-month-old Inky's owner. She and her staff came up with the campaign of "Idyllwild's first black mayor."
"I like the cat who wants to be mayor," Munoz said. "The first black mayor idea is very cool."
"It's a brilliant fundraiser for ARF. It's perfect because we're a quirky little town," Johnson said.
The new Idyllwild mayor will be announced at a fundraiser celebration at ARF beginning July 1, and will also be featured in the town's July Fourth parade.
Also on the slate of Idyllwild's mayoral candidates: the dog Stitch, owned by Jerry Holldber, who secured the endorsement of County Supervisor Jeff Stone, and another dog named 'Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller' or Max.
Max's owner Phyllis Mueller took out a half-page advertisement in the weekly newspaper The Town Crier detailing "Max's Campaign Platform."
ARF officials said they are thrilled with the publicity from the campaigns. "People are deadly serious about this mayor race and we are happy it's all helping support ARF," Murasko said.
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