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Four Cool Dogs, One Cuddly Cat And A Very Clever Goat All Vie For Edgewater Pet Mayor

After almost 50 people submitted their applications for the animals that they feel will best represent the pet values of Edgewater, six finalists have been selected to campaign for Edgewater Pet Mayor.

It is a diverse group of animals that reflect the diverse population of Edgewater. The four dogs, one cat, and one goat will all help the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce promote the neighborhood as the most pet friendly community in Chicago.

Online voting has already started here, and the Chamber will make their voting form available on Edgewater.org by June 1. Each vote costs $1 and all proceeds go directly to the neighborhood’s food pantry Care For Real and their Pet Pantry.

For 47 years now, Care For Real has been serving the Edgewater community and their operation has grown significantly as they currently distribute more than 25,000 articles of clothing and personal care items every month. They also offer free programs and services to Chicago’s vulnerable population. The Pet Pantry is a program that also helps feed the pets of their clients.

For the Pet Mayor Competition, there will be select campaign events throughout the Summer before the winner is announced at the EdgeFest on August 4 at 3 p.m. The first event will be at Uncommon Ground on June 7 at 5 p.m. That will be followed by :

June 19 – Bark Bark Club, 7pm to 8pm
June 29 – Edgewater Farmer’s Market, 10am to Noon
July 14 – Chicago Mosaid School, Noon to 2pm
July 17  – Bark Bark Club, 7pm to 8pm
July 26 – Bands on Broadway, 7pm to 9pm
August 3 – Edgefest, 3pm to 4pm


Meet the candidates:

Ballew – Campaign Slogan: Keep Edgewater Ballew-tiful.

9-year-old Ballew is a big social media fan and will use these platforms to post more photos having fun in beautiful Edgewater.

He earned his Novice Trick Dog certificate at Bark Bark Club a few years ago, and loves to perform other tricks. He’s always happy to stop and take a selfie with constituents, especially if they have treats.

Ballew will continue to work hard to bridge our and surrounding communities. He especially loves to walk by Loyola, where the college students are extremely generous with ear scratches, and he serenades the baristas at the Broadway/Devon Starbucks.


Bug Campaign Slogan: A Paw-litician for Edgewater.

4-year-old Bug came to Edgewater two years ago, spurred by the Lakefront Trail, an accessible vet and groomer, and soon-to-be dog park. Bug already promotes Edgewater via Instagram. If she became Edgewater Pet Mayor, Bug would continue to highlight the outdoors space, as well as local businesses that allow for dogs in stores or in patios to place emphasis on shopping local.


Pax Campaign Slogan: Unconditional Love, You Goat This Edgewater!

1-year-old Pax is looking forward to helping promote Edgewater as a neighborhood that celebrates our unique differences and the unconditional love that binds us all.

Pax will use his undeniable good looks and charm to let Chicago know that even a goat can rise above and become mayor of such an inclusive community.

Pax is thrilled to help charities like Care For Real get donations in order to thrive at a time when they are needed more than ever before. Having a human who owns an Edgewater business, this is the perfect opportunity to help promote the local small businesses which make that the area the perfect place to live and work – for both humans and pets alike!


Titus – Campaign Slogan: An Appetite For Change.

If elected Pet Mayor of Edgewater, 2-year-old Titus will post photos, clever endorsements and anything else that will engage pet owners and entice them to visit or live in Edgewater. Titus is quite a witty and enthusiastic guy and is happy to write blog posts, or review cat food, toys, or litter from Edgewater businesses.

Titus is able to draw on his personal story to inspire other pets and share the message that all pets are welcome in Edgewater.

Titus has a large social media following, and he would like to carve out a space for himself in the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce’s social media presence.

Titus is an Edgewater resident and he or his human representative will patronize Edgewater businesses several times a week.


Winston Campaign Slogan: Win with Win!

8-year-old Winston would promote Edgewater in two ways. First, by making public appearances and second, by using his social media presence to increase awareness and interest in Edgewater. Check out, A Hairy Winston on Instagram and Facebook.



Wrigley Campaign Slogan: Where Every Tail Is Wagging And Every Whisker Welcome.

2-year-old Wrigley embodies the friendly spirit of Edgewater. He will work like a dog to unleash the future and bring about PAWS-itive change.  His optimistic spirit, working alongside other pets and pet owners, will make Edgewater a place where every tail is wagging and every whisker is welcome.

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