Dorset’s new mayor hails from Arizona

An "unbiased" individual withdrew the lucky name for Dorset mayor from the "ballot box" Sunday as a Lundrigan's Clothing representative and Bob Kvitne of Meadowbrook Gifts look on. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

Eric Leaf of Chandler, Arizona freely admits that his wife bought his way into the Dorset mayoral office.

Leaf’s name was randomly drawn from a pool of roughly 300 ballots on Sunday. Although Taste of Dorset was not held this year, due to COVID-19, the election of a mayor was announced. Ballots, at $1 a piece, were accepted up until 2 p.m. Aug. 2.

Leaf said his wife cast $20 worth of ballots online.

“We’ve been up there during Taste of Dorset before, and put ballots in there before, but this time, since we’re in Arizona she was doing it remotely,” Leaf, 50, said in a phone interview. “She surprised me with it.”

This is Leaf’s first time holding a public office. He has not yet determined what his goals or proclamations as mayor will be.


“We try to get up there as much as we can. My wife’s family is from Park Rapids,” he explained.

Leaf’s day job is as a senior accountant with a company called Insight.

The Leafs have attended Taste of Dorset since the late 1990s. “I think that was the first time I put in to become the mayor,” he said.

Bob Kvitne of Meadowbrook Gifts informed Leaf of his win following the “world-famous drawing.” Official mayoral duties are listed as “none.”

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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