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The cat who was mayor of Alaska town is dead!

by Staff writer



A cat was mayor of an Alaska town for 20 years.


Before his death, Mayor Stubbs was at the helm of the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska for 20 years - an impressive feat for any elected official, but even more so considering Stubbs was a cat.


The animal's owners announced the cat's death late Saturday in a statement.


Stubbs passed away in his sleep on the night of July 20, according to a statement released by his family.


Stubbs has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska since 1998.

In a time when Americans are more politically divided than ever, feline politician, Stubbs always received bipartisan support from his constituents.


“Stubbs lived for 20 years and 3 months,” his family, the Spones, writes.


“He was a trooper until the very last day of his life; meowing at us throughout the day to pet him or to come sit on the bed with him and let him snuggle and purr for hours in our lap. Thank you, Stubbs, for coming into our lives for the past 31 months; you are a remarkable cat and we will dearly miss you. We loved the time we were allowed to spend with you.”


According to his family, the health of the golden-furred feline began to decline in 2016.


His family says Stubbs stopped wanting to visit his local hangout/office, Nagley’s General Store, although he’d still meow at visitors who stopped by to greet him.

By wintertime he was mainly homebound, and mostly stopped giving “interviews” to press in 2017.


Stubbs was overwhelmed by the cameras and multitudes of people, and he preferred to let his kitten pals Aurora and Denali enjoy the spotlight.

Talkeetna, a town with a population of about 900, elected the yellow cat mayor in a write-in campaign in 1998.

There is no human mayor in the town.

Before his eventual passing, Stubbs had survived an attack by a dog in 2013 and a false report of his death last year.

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