Nightly News   |  July 13, 2013

4-year-old mayor running for re-election

Meet Bobby Tufts, the 4-year-old mayor of Dorset, Minn. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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>>> when you hear that music it means one thing, it's election time somewhere in america. tonight we're focusing on a mayoral race in minnesota in which the popular incumbent seeking re-election is not old enough for kindergarten. kevin tibbles is on the campaign trail.

>> reporter: election fever heat dorset, minnesota , population 22. on the main drag pressing the flesh and handing out his card is mayor bobby tufts who is up for re-election. this pint size politician is a hit. at the ripe old age of 4 he already carries a big stick . heck, who can argue with his platform.

>> if you're elected are we all going to get a free ice cream cone ?

>> yeah.

>> reporter: it's off to the parlor we go.

>> how many scoops do you want?

>> five.

>> reporter: mayor bobby bellies up to the bar for a scoop of his favorite. he won the position last year when his name was pulled out of a hat. to vote here it will cost you a buck. you can put any name in the box. all proceeds go the annual town fair. so endorse it. ballot box stuffing is encouraged.

>> i like meeting future mayors and kinds of america.

>> reporter: like most big shots bobby has a chauffeur. his goes by the name of mom who is flabbergasted by all the attention.

>> he was in print in london and germany and that's just crazy my 4-year-old is a world traveller before me.

>> what time do mayors have to go to bed?

>> 8:00.

>> reporter: probing interviewers take a back seat to bugs and butterflies.

>> i've had a lot of guys get up from interviews with me before but never like this.

>> i'll give you my best.

>> give me your best. holy smokes . that wasn't mile.

>> reporter: the mayor unwinds with his rod and reel on the local lakes which is teaming with fish.

>> that fish was about two feet long.

>> about 50.

>> 50 feet fish?

>> reporter: sadly after a dip in the lake it's nap time and we take our leave.

>> my name is robert and i approve this message.

>> reporter: vote for mayor bobby. he won't kiss your baby but he'll kiss your fish. kevin tibbles, nbc news, dorsett, minnesota .