to Mayor Max's website.
Mighty-Dog Mueller) was voted
into office during an election held on June 11, 12, and 13, 2012 in
Idyllwild, and was inaugurated to a one-year term on July 1, 2012.
As Idyllwild is
an unincorporated town, it has no human mayor or other politicians. Idyllwild Animal Rescue
Friends (ARF), a non-profit 501(c)(3), sponsored
Idyllwild's first-ever mayoral election. Any local resident was
permitted to nominate his or her dog or cat. Fourteen dogs and two cats were nominated and ran for office. Constituents cast their votes
via $1 donations each, and all $31,000 of the proceeds benefited ARF.
Max won a full
two-thirds of the votes, and became Idyllwild's first mayor.
moved the people of Idyllwild to appeal to ARF for his continuation in
office beyond his one-year term. On February 9, 2013, ARF announced the extension of his
one-year term to a second and final year, ending on June 30, 2014.
April 2, 2013, Mayor Max, I passed away
after just nine months in office. The
successor for the remainder of Max's term, Maximus
Mighty-Dog Mueller, II, arrived in Idyllwild on July 21, 2013. Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends
approved his mayoral transition
his arrival to Idyllwild, Max was accompanied by two deputy mayors: Mikey and
Mitzi (Mikey Mighty-Dog Mueller and Mitzi Mighty-Dog Mueller). The trio
was often referred to as "the Mayor and the spares" or simply
"the Mayors of Idyllwild."
Max, Deputy Mayor Mikey, and Deputy Mayor Mitzi were all related to
Mayor Max, I; all four dogs shared a common ancestor. Mikey and Mitzi
are siblings from the same litter, and Max was a cousin of theirs.
Mikey and Mitzi were born in Ohio, and Max was born in California.
March of 2014, as the June 30 end of Max's term approached, ARF
solicited the town's interest in holding another election. Once again,
the people overwhelmingly pled for Mayor Max's continuation in
perpetuity. Max and his Deputies together continued to serve the town
of Idyllwild until Mayor Max, II's death.
July 30, 2022, Mayor Max, II passed away after a brief medical issue,
having served nine years. He was vibrant, happy, and
seemingly healthy the day before he died. Max was survived by his Deputy Mayors, Mikey and Mitzi, along with his
Chiefs of Staff, Phyllis and Glenn. His love for people and the
love they felt for him endures.
the passing of Mayor Max, II, ARF was
consulted regarding the future of the mayorship in Idyllwild and
responded with a very kind letter
expressing its board's gracious best wishes for the continuation of
Mayors Mikey and Mitzi served as Interim Co-Mayors after Mayor Max,
September 5, 2022, Mayor Max, III was born. He arrived home on
November 6, 2022, along with his sister, Meadow. Mayor Max, III's
debut to Idyllwild will be on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
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contact the Office of Mayor Max of Idyllwild at any time.
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