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The Votes Are In: Edgewater’s First Pet Mayor Is A Goat Named Pax

PHOTOS: The goat beat out stiff competition and was elected Sunday at Edgefest. The unique fundraiser raised nearly $20,000.

Pax the Goat, the first pet mayor of Edgwater, meets his supporters after his inauguration on August 4, 2019.
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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.

Check out more photos from the celebration below:

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Daniel Zagotta, who owns Pax the Goat, introduces Edgewater’s new pet mayor Sunday.
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Bug, who is Edgewater’s commissioner of pawty animals, sits onstage while other mayoral candidates are introduced on Sunday.
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Ballew’s owner wears campaign merchandise onstage at the inauguration of pet mayor of Edgewater on Sunday.
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Wrigley, WInston and Bug wait onstage for the results of the election in Edgewater on Sunday.
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Pumpkin rests in a bag during Edgefest on Sunday.
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Ballew was appointed as Edgwater’s commissioner of pups and recreation on Sunday.
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Amber Troyer and Wednesday at Edgefest on Sunday.
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Frog’s owner carries him before the pet parade in Edgewater on Sunday.
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Frank Devin and Cherry Devin dressed up thier pets Carmela and Sofia for the pet parade in Edgewater on Sunday.
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Carmela is dressed in an outfit that features police paraphernalia.
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Titus, the commissioner of transpurrtation, watches people as they participate in the pet parade on Sunday.
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Larry Nieman, left, and Daniel Zagotta, center, wave to their neighbors during the pet parade in Edgewater on Sunday.
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Pax the Goat, the new pet mayor of Edgewater, kicks off his term by leading a pet parade around the Edgewater neighborhood on Sunday.
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Edgewater residents watched as pets paraded around the neighborhood on Sunday.
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Many Edgefest attendees brought their pets along to the festival on Sunday.
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Many dogs attended Edgefest, which featured a pet parade and the inauguration of the new pet mayor of Edgewater on Sunday.
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Luso basks in the sun during Edgefest in Edgewater on Sunday.

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