It’s (Pet) Election Season in Gulfport, Florida!

We don’t have to tell you, Gulfport – our pets are the best critters around. And while we do a lot as a town to celebrate our fine furry and feathered friends, the Gulfport Historical Society aims to extend a tradition that recognizes their extraordinary purr-tential: the Gulfport Pet Mayor election.

Now the time has come for Gulportians to uphold our pet-friendly reputation by nominating another ballot of hardworking doglegates, catdidates, and of-fowl-cers for Gulfport’s Pet Mayor.

Vote for Your Favorite Dog, Cat, or Chicken (yes, a chicken)

Support your candidates by voting (as often as you like) below, at the Gulfport History Museum, and at select locations across town – each vote costs $1. We’ll announce the winners at Gulfport’s Get Rescued on Feb. 26. All proceeds benefit the Gulfport Historical Society and SPCA Tampa Bay.

Take a look at all our candidates, then click on the name to vote for that candidate.

In February 2020, Gulfport joined the ranks of several forward-thinking small towns across the country who have boosted civic pride while honoring the companions that make life extra-nice by electing pet “paw-fficers” to public office. Coco, the beloved resident canine of Gulfport’s Historic Peninsula Inn became Gulfport’s first Pet Mayor, taking her place alongside Idyllwild, California’s Mayor Max (Golden Retriever); Omena, Michigan’s Mayor Rosie Disch (also a Golden Retriever); and Talkeetna, Alaska’s Mayor Stubbs (cat), who served in his position for a whopping 20 years.