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Area Animals Vie To Be Elected First Pet Mayor Of Edgewater

A unique competition to find Edgewater’s first Pet Mayor is underway with the purpose of promoting the area as the one of the most pet friendly communities and to also raise donations for local charity.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the Bark Bark Club (5943 N Broadway) are working together to find worthy animals along with their enthusiastic humans to fill the position. Entries for the contest can be submitted by next Friday, April 26. From there, six lucky pets will be chosen based on the excitement, enthusiasm, and momentum built by its candidates. Those owners of the selected pets will then be contacted no later than May 10.

The event is free and you do not need to live in Edgewater to participate. The six candidates will then vie for the position by enticing people to vote for them online and at different events. Each vote will cost $1 and all proceeds will be donated to Care For Real (5339 N Sheridan), Edgewater’s food pantry who has been working with the area’s vulnerable and low income population for more than 48 years.

“Patti from the Bark Bark Club who is on our board came up with the idea and we decided to partner with her on it,” said Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katrina Balog, “We are hoping that the event will help raise awareness about local participating businesses and every vote will cost $1 which will be donated to Care For Real. The idea is that everyone will vote early and vote often for their favorite Pet Mayor. Then once the Mayor is elected, they will have the position for the year and help us with our overall goal of promoting Edgewater as a pet friendly neighborhood.”

The six Pet Mayor candidates will need to develop a campaign and are encouraged to be as fun and creative as possible. They will be expected to participate in at least four campaign events over the summer which will be held at area businesses such as Uncommon Ground, The Chicago Mosaic School and the Edgewater Farmer’s Market. The official 2019 Pet Mayor of Edgewater will be chosen by tallied voting and announced at this year’s EdgeFest in August.

“When I was first approached by the event I thought it was very fun and like what you would find in a small town,” Balog added. ” Edgewater is like a small town in the city. So this competition felt like a really good fit for the neighborhood especially since we have had such great success with our Pet Parade the past two years, and we could continue to build on that event.”

Good luck to the candidates and happy voting! For more information on the event, Click Here.

Contact Patti at barkbarkclub@gmail.com or Ralph Wells at ralph@edgewater.org with any questions.

 


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