In 2018, the town made national headlines when it elected Lincoln the goat as its first-ever pet mayor. Town Manager Joe Gunter said Monday that the idea for pet mayors was put forward as a way to raise funds for the new playground. The animals would be the centerpiece for various fundraisers and events. Lincoln raised about $10,000, Gunter said, while the current Mayor, Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, owned by Linda Barker, has raised $20,000.
The town contributed another $20,000.
“When I was talked into putting Murfee up to run, I thought, easy-peasy, we’ll get some T-shirts, we’ll go to the Spring Fling, we’ll sell some shirts and raise some money,” said Barker. “And then COVID struck and it was like ... there go all the easy plans.”
Barker then began making face m...