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Republicats and Dogocrats
Running for mayor in Divide, Colo.

Ever think: My dog or cat could run this town/state/country better than the mayor/governor/president? Well, folks in Teller County, Colo., will have a chance to do more than think it (sort of) because twenty-five cats and dogs are running for mayor. And that’s not all. In this election, money talks because you pay to vote. And you can vote as many times as you dang well please. And you don’t have to live in the county even. It’s not an Old West-style politics but rather a fund-raising gambit by the small, poorly funded Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. The $1 per vote is actually a donation (and the unincorporated city doesn’t even have a mayoral post). The only rule: Candidates must live or go to work with their people in Teller County. Vote online or at one of 40 local polling locations in Divide and Woodland Park, Colo., through April 6.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Braut's Mom | February 15 2010 |

It's a great fundraising idea. People love dogs. And they get passionate about politics. If you can put together more than one thing that gets people going, it can really help your fundraising.

The really brilliant part is that they've made it possible for it to go viral with the online voting. Yes, the candidates are local, but any dog lover can vote.

I can see the party lines now: tiny dogs vs big dogs. Short haired vs long haired. Makes almost as much sense as how we vote for people :-)

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