Mayor Stubbs the cat celebrates 15 years in office
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A small town in Alaska, Talkeetna, has just celebrated the fifteenth year of its mayor in office. Stubbs the cat has clawed himself into the record books not only as the first feline to hold such a position, but also for committing a longer period of his nine lives to the role than many of his human counterparts in the USA. Stubbs put the cat among the pigeons at his election after he was nominated by locals who felt that the proposed candidates were not suitable for the role. As part of his position, Stubbs lives in the General Store where he is often visited by tourists and admirers. Stubbs has made concerted effort during his time as mayor to encourage tourism to the small town. He is an avid user of Facebook, with his friends list totalling more than the population of his municipality. TNS endeavoured to speak to Mayor Stubbs about his achievement but it appears that a cat had got his tongue. It is uncertain how much longer Stubbs will remain in his important post but locals claim that he would be willing to fight tooth and claw with any competitors who wish to take him on at the next election. Check out more bizarre political candidates here.