Alaska town: Feline mayor is just ‘purrfect’
KOMO News: The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine.
The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago.
KTUU-TV reports that residents didn’t like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate. The town has nearly 900 residents.
Although his position is honorary, Stubbs’ popularity is real. His election earned him enough press to catapult the town at the base of Mount McKinley into a tourist destination.
“He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he’s been featured in a few different things,” said Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley’s General Store in Talkeetna, where Stubbs hangs out most of the time.
“Their tour guides will trick them,” said Skye Farrar, who also works at Nagley’s. “They’ll tell them to go to Nagley’s and ask for the mayor.” “Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him,” Stec said.
But if you’d like to catch him in person, there’s one afternoon appointment that locals say Stubbs always keeps at Nagley’s. “Every day he goes in there and has catnip in a wine glass,” said Talkeetna resident Jerry Roach.
As word about Stubbs spreads, the folks at Nagley’s say more people are stopping by the store, and even making trips to Alaska just to spot the 15-year-old cat.
Farrar summed up Stubbs’ mayorship and the benefit of added tourism it’s brought to the town: “I’m very confident that Talkeena will be A-OK, as long as we have Stubbs around.”
Well Stubbs certainly can’t do worse than most politicians. He’s probably good at hunting out the rats in town!