Children's House
Orcas Island
How to Run for Honorary Mayor

Thanks for your interest in supporting Children's House through the Honorary Mayor of Eastsound race!

While the race is open to ALL PETS (regardless of pedigree) --  in our experience canines raise more money (paw for claw, hoof for horn) than all other pets combined in the event's history. (Mayors Granny and April resonated uniquely with islanders but actually raised fewer dollars than reigning canines.)  Mayor Hudson (right) is the king of fundraising, narrowly beating Tyrone (left) in the 2017 election.

Participation requires a serious commitment by each candidate and his/her manager to promote the pet mid-May to Independence Day celebration. The winner is announced following the Independence Day Village festivities based on the dollars ( votes) raised.

Do you have a publicist ready to submit alternative facts, Russian investors willing to back you and a rock-solid candidate with the stamina and courage to take it to the finish line? 

While the event is all good-natured, we won't kid you:  there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to help us meet our annual goal of $15,000. This is our single largest fundraiser, and we couldn't do it without dedicated managers, pets and sponsors! We are grateful for all those that work hard in support of early childhood education.

The success of this event depends greatly on the commitment each candidate is willing to accept. What does your commitment mean? 


  • Obtain a sponsor, typically a local business willing to promote your candidate in their store window, through support materials and advertising.
  • Attend an introductory meeting at Children’s House.
  • Man the campaign booth (with your candidate if possible) at least one Saturday during a Farmers Market. (MORE BETTER!)
  • Provide a high-quality mug shot for inclusion in voting materials.
  • Appear with your candidate (or a likeness of your candidate) during the Pet Parade (May) and Independence Day Parade.
  • Support your candidate visibly by engaging in campaign activities, which can include friendly debates, Twitter exchanges with opponents, posting signage at approved sites around Orcas writing Letters to the Editor, developing a Facebook page, etc.

Remember, successful candidates are highly visible!  This campaign draws the interest of both islanders and visitors alike who regularly see your candidate. 


  • Promote the event through newspaper feature articles.
  • Collect votes online and at 20-plus polling locations set up throughout the island.
  • Contract for a booth Saturdays during Farmers Market.
  • Coordinate candidate details for submission to the Island Sounder and Orcas Issues.
  • Coordinate candidate appearances under the Children’s House entry in the Kaleidoscope Pet Parade and the Village Fourth of July Parade.
  • Provide weekly updates via our Web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Produce voting-related campaign materials which include your candidate.
  • Coordinate an event where voters & candidates come together.

Still think you have a pet with the right stuff? Submit the following information by email to

  1. your contact information -- name, email and phone;
  2. candidate name (and species);
  3. who you believe might sponsor your candidate
  4. brief description of why you think your candidate will be a worthy opponent

Or for more information, call 360-376-4744.

36 Pea Patch Lane | Eastsound, Washington 98245 | 360.376.4744
Orcas Island Children's House is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
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