Donkeys and Other Pets Run for Office in Washington State

Posted by Stacey Venzel

Politics are being left to the animals in the Pacific Northwest.

Jethro has a long nose and pointy ears. He walks on all fours and sports hooves instead of heels.

Jethro is running for Mayor of Benton City, Washington. His girlfriend, a real country belle, is running for City Clerk.

Both are not registered Democrats but they are real-life donkeys.

Benton City is a small region in the middle of southern Washington. Its population boasts less than a university at just over 3,000.

The ballot isn't limited to just these two equines. Baron the horse is up for City Ambassador while, perhaps most fittingly, another horse named Cole is running for Agricultural Inspector.

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Cole for Ag Inspector

Even if you're not a local you can nominate and vote in the election through June 30.

The election seems like a ruse, and it might just be, but it's all for a good cause. Benton City Revitalization is a spay/neuter organization aimed at controlling the pet population. Funds raised from voting go directly toward fixing the area's feral cats.

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Charlie for Liquor Control Board

Currently, Choco the Pug is hoping to get sworn in as the city's Code Enforcement Officer, while Reford the alpaca and Spark the hamster are campaigning for City Council.

Most of the pets are running unopposed, but that can be changed by sending in your nomination.

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Dr. Strange Love for Surgeon General

Who wouldn't want a a Polish chicken named Dr. Strange Love elected as Surgeon General? Or Riley as City Manager? He has "excellent people skills and can lick any problem we have.

Riley's slogan is: "Keeping City staff in line should be a walk in the park compared to herding cats, no bones about it!"
Riley's slogan is: "Keeping City staff in line should be a walk in the park compared to herding cats, no bones about it!"

Check out more of the candidates on Benton City Pet Elections' Facebook page.

Our wish of a dog president might soon come true. Maybe we can elect the next pet astronaut, too.

All photos via Benton City Pet Elections/Facebook.

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Donkeys and Other Pets Run for Office in Washington State