Took a spin through the polls for an update, and Walter is still out in the lead with 1,022 votes as of this writing. Nakai isn't far behind, with 918.
The rest of the candidates aren't even close. Tarzan the donkey sits in a distant third at 697.
It looks like Jade the Eclectus is still dead last, having not even broken 100 votes. Insert your own joke about the Green party here.
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The race for the animal mayoral election in Divide is back. In this fundraiser hosted by the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, for $1 you vote your favorite pet into "office."
In 2010, the election's inaugural year, a pup named Spright won, and the enterprise raised over $14,000.
This year's nominees include not only dogs and cats, but a wolf, a donkey and an Eclectus parrot. The wolf, Nakai of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is currently in second place with 325 votes, while the donkey Tarzan holds third with 232 votes. Jade the Eclectus is sadly in last place. C'mon people! Jade is obviously the most adorable of the bunch. (Yes, I'm a parrot person.)
First place right now belongs to past contender Walter the three-legged tabby, who in losing to Spright took the role of vice mayor. As of this writing, Walter has 390 votes.
So here's your chance to vote early and actually vote often. Polls are open now through April 3. Visit TCRAS' candidate page and click on one of the nine mugs on the poster.
Some of the candidates will also be available to meet throughout the day Saturday, Feb. 25. Click here for times and locations.