2nd Annual Mayor of Bright Nominees Sought

Posted On April 24, 2012

Ember the dog, the first Mayor of Bright, is treated by her owner after being announced as the winner of the election during the Bright Community Festival Saturday.

photo courtesy The Bright Beacon

(Bright, Ind.) – Your dog, cat, pig, horse, or other animal could be the newest Mayor of Bright.


Last year, the Bright Fire Department and Bright Masonic Lodge took a page out of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky’s book and started the Mayor of Bright Election fundraiser.


Ember the dog won the inaugural election, but her one-year term will soon expire.


Pet owners can nominate their animal as a candidate for $5 and filling out the entry form at Bright-area businesses before Friday, May 4. Organizers say there is no residency requirement.


Primary voting begins May 8 for a dollar a vote and continues through June 30. The top-three vote-getters will then ride in the Bright Fest Parade on July 28 and appear at the festival that day where voting will continue.


The winning candidate will be announced on Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bright Fire House. That pet will receive a collar proclaiming him or her as the 2013 Honorary Mayor of Bright, a key to the city, and a food bowl with their name engraved on it.


The second place candidate will be named Vice Mayor and the third most popular candidate will become Secretary of “Steak.”




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