EDGEWATER — The votes are in and the results are official — Edgewater’s newest leader is a goat named Pax.
Despite facing stiff competition, Pax the goat was elected the first Pet Mayor of Edgewater Sunday as part of the neighborhood’s annual Edgefest.
Pax beat out four dogs — Ballew, Bug, Wrigley and Winston — — and lone cat Titus who vied for the title.
As the pets campaigned across the neighborhood, Pax was in fourth place at one point, but was able to pull out a victory.
After his election, the goat then led a pet parade through the streets and basked in his new title. The goat is owned by Daniel Zagotta, Larry Nieman and their 10-year-old son Ethan Zagotta.
The contest, presented by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, was meant to highlight the pet friendliness of the neighborhood. Each vote cost $1 and the proceeds go to Care for Real — an Edgewater based charity organization that provides clothes, food and counseling services to those in need.
The unique fundraiser raised nearly $20,000, officials said.