Girl Stone, a border collier who serves because the city’s ambassador, introduced Wilbur’s win on Tuesday evening.

“The outcomes are in from an important election that occurred this yr!!” Girl Stone wrote on social media earlier than thanking each different candidate for his or her assist preserving “this historic city for years to come back.”
Wilbur will take the leash from incumbent Brynneth Pawltro, a pit bull who gained the 2016 race. Pawltro has not launched a assertion concerning the defeat.

The new mayor’s proprietor is 43-year-old Amy Noland. She attributes his win to his fierce outreach technique this election cycle.

“He is performed a lot of campaigning,” Noland informed MeSlop. “He is been throughout social media, and he hosted a lot of occasions.”

Wilbur additionally gained on a platform of psychological well being and breast most cancers consciousness. Noland’s 65-year outdated mom is a breast most cancers survivor.

Why is this city electing canine as its mayor?

Rabbit Hash, positioned in Boone County, has been electing canine as mayor since 1988, when canine Goofy Borneman gained a four-year time period (he tragically died earlier than his time period ended).

The mayoral election is a fundraiser for Rabbit Hash, a 3.5-acre city maintained by the Rabbit Hash Historic Society. Votes aren’t restricted to residents of the city — anybody all over the world can “vote” for mayor, with every poll costing $1 that goes in direction of sustaining Rabbit Hash.

Noland, a Boone County resident, mentioned that getting into a canine into the race has been “on her bucket checklist” for a whereas.

“I dwell simply a few miles outdoors of Rabbit Hash,” Noland informed MeSlop. “It is a particular city, and I’ve been going since I used to be a baby.”

As a way to run within the Rabbit Hash mayoral race, a candidate’s proprietor should be inside an hour strolling distance of the city, Noland mentioned.

Wilbur’s victory has given him and Noland lots of consideration from all around the world. However Noland thinks Mayor Wilbur’s enchantment is that his is a “really feel good” story within the present information cycle.

“I’ve gotten so many messages with folks thanking me, and you may inform that this is one thing that is actually constructive for folks to listen to,” Noland mentioned. “All of it simply feels good.”

Wilbur obtained the best voting rely ever, profitable 13,143 of 22,985 ballots — or $22,985 — from this election alone.