US town elects goat as mayor


A town in Vermont, United States, has elected a goat as its new mayor, local media report.

The goat named Lincoln beat its opponents by three votes to become the next mayor of Fair Haven.

The town has a population of about 2,500 people.

Lincoln defeated over 15 other candidates including Crystal the gerbil, Sammie the dog, and others.

The town has no official mayor but a town manager, Joseph Gunter, who performs similar functions.

The vote was a fundraiser to build a new playground in the town.

Mr Gunter said he got the idea from a newspaper report about a village of Omena, Michigan, which made Sweet Tart the cat its “top” official.

Gunter added that the goat, which belongs to a school math teacher, would attend a number of public events during its one-year mandate since it is now a public servant.

The town generated $100 from the playground fundraising effort. Gunter said he was happy as it was “a good way to get the kids involved in local government.”

The goat would not be required to run city council meetings or sign bills into law.