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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Meet Talkeetna, Alaska's Mayor, A Cat Named Stubbs

Mayor Stubbs of Talkeetna, Alaska

In case you haven't heard, a part-manx cat named Stubbs has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for nearly his entire life, 15 years to be exact, and the residents of this tiny town of 900 think he is the best mayor they've ever had.

As the story goes, 15 years ago several of the town residents didn't like the candidates who were running for mayor of Talkeetna, so as a joke, they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs the cat as a write-in candidate, and he actually won.


Now, thanks to Stubbs, local tour guides have a little fun with the thousands of tourists by encouraging them to go to Nagley's General Store (Stubbs office)to ask for the mayor without realizing they are asking to meet with a four-footed mayor.

Stubbs relaxing in his mayoral office


Nagley’s General Store — Mayor Stubbs’ makeshift Town Hall — gets dozens of visitors a day asking for the mayoral feline, and receives letters and cards from all over in his honour.

And as the legend of Stubbs spreads, the folks at Nagley’s report that more and more people are flocking to the store, and even making trips to Alaska just to catch a glimpse of the cat mayor.

“Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him,” Lauri Stec, a worker at Nagley’s, said.

Stubbs is thirsty for lower taxes!

Though residents say he's been taking his fame in stride, with his major indulgence being a daily dose of catnip served from a wine glass.

13 comments:

  1. I would vote for him. Has he thought of aspiring for even higher office?
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  2. I'd like to see dogs and cats running the government and bringing common sense into our lives.

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  3. He's a pawsome mayor for sure! I'd go visit him if I was in Alaska!

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  4. It's a great story!! Yay for Mayor Stubbs!! He looks like he's doing a great job too!! Take care
    x

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  5. I love that Stubbs brought the town of Talkeetna together for a few laughs and a whole lot of smiles!

    Common sense is what our country needs and deserves and I hope Stubbs will consider running for president as soon as pawsible!

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  6. Haha! What a funny story! Cat for Mayor, what till they think of next?

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  7. Think we should have tried that with our Olympic committee over here we furries would have made a better job! Have a lovely Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Yes, We know all about Stubbs. He is quite the celebrity cat! Great post! Talkeetna is a really fun little town. Our friend has a brewery there. Now I'm all hot to plan a trip up there to visit!

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  9. Love Talkeetna, Stubbs, the friendly people in all the shops.

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