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Edgewater’s First Pet Mayor Is Pax The Goat, Contestants Collectively Raise $20K For Local Charity

Photo: Maz King

Across the country and right here in Chicago people have been looking for new faces to represent the diverse fabric of our nation. So it only seems fitting that Edgewater turned to a not-so-typical animal to become its first Pet Mayor.

With fundraising in and tails wagging, Pax The Goat was officially named Edgewater’s first Pet Mayor on stage at Edgefest yesterday. It was a fun race with each candidate running on different platforms. While Mayor Pax The Goat focused on diversity with his slogan “unconditional love, you goat this Edgewater,” other campaigners ran on equally important themes such as neighborhood beautification and increased options for area pets.

The big story though is that all six campaigners worked collectively to raise important funding for local Charity Care For Real and their Pet Pantry. It was announced at the event that they had raised a whopping $19,256 which will help cover the cost of pet food they distribute to area residents in need for well over a year.

When Mayor Pax The Goats’s name was announced on stage, the crowd exploded into applause. Pax’s human companions Larry Nieman, Daniel Zagotta and their 10-year-old son Ethan Zagotta were very emotional as they expressed thanks to attendees, those who donated, their fellow contestants and t0 the mastermind of the unltra-successful program Patti Colandrea of Bark Bark Club (5943 N. Broadway) and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

“I still can’t believe that we raised nearly $20K for such an important charity like Care For Real,” said Nieman. “We decided to campaign with Pax because it gave us the chance to share him with the community we love so much. We were also able to showcase Edgewater as a diverse, pet-friendly neighborhood while we raised money for a charity dear to all of our hearts.”

So what’s first on the agenda for Mayor Pax? Nieman said that besides spreading the news about just how amazing Edgewater is for pets, they are focusing on two important topics. Firstly to promote the Shop Local movement which has helped give both Edgewater and Andersonville national attention. Secondly Mayor Pax The Goat will will actively support East Andersonville residents (which is located in Edgewater’s southwest corner) and their fight to save 14 healthy, mature trees that could be cut down to make way for sewer pipe replacements.

“One thing is for sure, goats love trees because it keeps them cool in the Summer and the leaves are a tasty treat in the Fall.” Nieman added. “East Andersonville residents have used their voices to try and save these trees and make a positive change. If they succeed, not only will they preserve the beauty of the neighborhood it could also set in motion new city rules that could save hundreds more in the coming years.”

Mayor Pax The Goat’s fellow contestants were assigned equally important positions in the campaign:

• Commissioner of Puplic Works – Winston
• Commissioner of Pups and Recreation – Ballew
• Commissioner of Transpurrtation – Titus
• Commissioner of Pawty Animals (Nightlife) – Bug
• Commissioner of Paw Services – Wrigley

You can follow Mayor Pax The Goat on Facebook to keep up on what he and his cabinet are working on throughout the year.


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