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Residents Elect Town of Mooresville’s Fourth Dog Mayor

The Mooresville Youth Council (MYC) is excited to announce the election of the fourth Dog Mayor of Mooresville. During the MYC’s June 30, 2024, event, they officially began Reya’s term as the new Dog Mayor.

Each year, the MYC accepts nominations for the Dog Mayor position, allowing residents and followers to vote on their mayoral choice. The winning dog by number of votes is then installed to serve a one-year term as the Dog Mayor of Mooresville. MYC members work with various Town departments to coordinate the process as well as get the Dog Mayor involved in events, activities, and more.

“I have had a chance to meet Reya on a couple occasions and she is wonderful addition to our Town,” said Mayor Chris Carney. “The voters got it right and she’ll do a great job! I’m excited to work with her over the next year.”

Reya is a 12-year-old Pit Bull, who has overcome various medical struggles. She’s had two knee surgeries (known as TPLO), had a dew claw removed because of a bone infection, and struggled with terrible skin issues. Reya’s owner Ashley says the Dog Mayor contest came at the perfect time for their family.

“We lost Reya’s fur brother, Rufio, in March due to bladder cancer,” said Ashley Potts. “We’re thankful for the Mooresville Youth Council for this yearly tradition. It came at the perfect time for our little family!”

Reya is passionate about healthy eating, breed awareness, and Sheldon’s K9s. She can often be found strolling Downtown Mooresville. Part of Reya’s duties include attending various Town of Mooresville events, including Bands, Brews & BBQ in September. Reya also plans to attend non-Town sponsored events and gatherings throughout the next year as well as visit Town facilities to learn more about how Mooresville serves its residents and visitors. Reya and her owners encourage people to say hello if they see them.

Reya is Mooresville’s fourth Dog Mayor.

In 2021, Daisy became the first Dog Mayor of Mooresville. In 2022, Buttercup was elected Dog Mayor, followed by Elmer in 2023.




About the Mooresville Youth Council:

The Mooresville Youth Council is a youth volunteer program that serves as a stepping stone for young individuals seeking to make a meaningful impact in their community. Rooted in community and driven by a shared passion for positive change, we offer a platform for active participation in local initiatives and a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our town. Embrace a journey that transforms you into a leader, a doer, and a catalyst for change. Join the Mooresville Youth Council today and immerse yourself in a world of opportunities that empower, inspire, and leave an indelible mark on your path towards a brighter future.