Talkeetna, Alaska, isn’t going to the dogs. It’s going to the cats — or really, one cat, which has been mayor of the town for 15 years.

Mayor Stubbs was voted in by a write-in effort when locals got fed up with their human rulers.

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The Associated Press reports:

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Residents say they’re happy that their stubby-tailed mayor is promoting tourism. The general store where Stubbs hangs out says it gets dozens of tourists a day asking for him.

Local polls find that 100 percent of the town’s canine population disapproves of the mayor’s performance.