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It’s a dog race to the finish

Beagle Jinjer, pictured with preschooler Makenzie Taylor, is running for Honorary Mayor of Eastsound. Jinjer is a classroom pet at Children’s House. - Contributed photo
Beagle Jinjer, pictured with preschooler Makenzie Taylor, is running for Honorary Mayor of Eastsound. Jinjer is a classroom pet at Children’s House.
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The Honorary Mayor of Eastsound race has gone to the dogs – literally.

For the first time, this year’s mayoral slate is comprised entirely of canines, who officially hit the campaign trail Sat., June 1.

Candidates include Terrier Winston, Beagle Jinjer, PomChi Panda, Boston Terrier Fargo and Black Lab Lucy. All candidates are sponsored by local businesses.

The mayoral race is an annual fundraiser sponsored by and benefiting Children’s House. Voting is open to both islanders and visitors who “buy” candidates into office by placing as many votes as they want at area polling locations or online.

Each vote benefits the toddler and preschool children of Children’s House. The race concludes July 6.

Over the last several years, mayoral candidates – including dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, bunnies, and beloved bovine April – helped raise more than $24,000 for the school.

Current Mayor Murphy, a Portuguese water dog, will not be seeking a second term but will be campaigning for his friends at the Village Market Saturday. Murphy has not yet revealed which candidate he will be backing.

Despite occasional ankle nipping, back biting, yipping and whining, the Honorary Mayor’s race is always good-natured and offers the community and island visitors an opportunity to support an establishment committed to early childhood education.

For additional details on the race visit oich.org or http://orcasislandmayor.wordpress.com and follow ChildrensHouse1 on Twitter.

 

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