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Feline Mayor ‘Stubbs’ a tourist draw in Talkeetna, Alaska

The residents didn't like any of the candidates so they found a write-in candidate

One of the most-liked and longest serving mayors in the United States doesn't talk to residents or the media, but is great at bringing in tourists.

A short-tailed cat named Stubbs was elected mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska 15 years ago and has been serving as the city's top official ever since.

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Voters decided they didn't like any of the candidates so they voted for the then kitten as a write-in candidate.

"He's good, probably the best we've had," said resident Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley's General Store, to Channel 2 News.

KTUU-TV reports the General store acts as the mayor's office and residents say about 30-40 tourists a day walk in asking to see the mayor. They get tricked by their tour guides who tell them to go in to Nagley's and ask for the mayor.

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The town of about 900 residents that sits at the base of Mount McKinley has now become somewhat of a tourist destination because of Stubbs, with thousands visiting each year.

His popularity also extends outside of Talkeetna. Mayor Stubbs has more than 500 Facebook friends and more than 1,100 people subscribe to his Facebook page.

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