There have been a lot of political conflicts recently. Countless stories of protests, unimpressed voters and corrupt politicians are told to us on a daily basis. But one town in California has given the world some hope thanks to its newly elected mayor, Mayor Max.
Haven’t heard of Mayor Max? Don’t fret, we’ll give you a rundown on the politician who’s making America smile. Max isn’t your usual politician. Why? Because he’s actually a Golden Retriever. No, we’re serious!
The town of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto mountains is a small town with a big community spirit. The town elected the gorgeous Golden Retriever to be more than just man’s best friend; he’s now their mayor.
Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller II (or Mayor Max to you and I) has been in office for an impressive five years.
His uncle actually became the first mayor of Idyllwild back in 2012. “Six years ago, Idyllwild decided to elect its first mayor,” Phyllis Mueller, Mayor Max’s Chief of Staff said.
You had to be a local resident, but you couldn’t run yourself, you could run your pet. In a voted election, 14 dogs and two cats ran and we decided to have an election to raise money for the animal rescue. So you paid $1 a vote and you were encouraged to vote a lot.
This smiley pup can often be seen cruising around town. Max travels in his personalized pickup truck to do meet and greets with the townsfolk. Mayor Max II loves mingling with his community and he frequently takes part in mayoral duties like store openings and award ceremonies.
Both Mayor Max II and Mueller make many public appearances each day to show their faces in the community while drawing in tourists.
His role is to make the world a better place by conveying unconditional love and doing as many good deeds for others. My role as the chief of staff is to help run the vision of the mayor’s office for Idyllwild, so we actually run an actual mayor’s office.
The people of Idyllwild clearly love their mayor. It’s not often you get to say “who’s a good boy” to the figurehead of your town. But that’s what makes Mayor Max awesome!
Don’t forget to watch the video below to see Mayor Max going about his business in the town of Idyllwild. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section.
If you know me, you know how much I looooove dogs, especially Golden Retreivers and Chihuahas. Anyways, today, I had a chance to have a fun chat with the mayor of Idyllwild. Well, it was more of a warm fuzzy hug with some tricks and treats. Oh and yes, Mayor Max has four paws and can rock a tie and cowboy hat. Here's my story for KMIR News Happy Labor Day everyone!
Posted by Claudia Buccio NBC on Monday, September 3, 2018