Balto – Ran For Mayor Of New York City In 1925.

Located near the Willowdell Arch on the east side of the park (near east 67th street), the Statue of Balto has been popular with kids for decades. In January 1925 this brave malamute led a dogsled team across the icy Alaskan tundra, delivering much needed medicine to Nome to stop a Diphtheria outbreak.

Balto became a national hero overnight. Every child in America wanted to pull a sled and sleep on a pile of other children.  Upon arriving in New York for a parade in his honor, Balto was appalled to see dogs living under terrible conditions and earning the same wages as human women.  

Determined to make life better for his canine brethren, Balto ran as an Independent candidate for Mayor in 1925. His campaign slogan “Balto – He’s a good boy” was very popular with pet owners across the city, but sadly the brave sled dog from Alaska was crushed in the election by the crooked Tammany Hall backed candidate Jimmy Walker.  

Balto returned to Alaska after the election. Undaunted by his defeat in New York, he ran for an open seat on the Nome town council the following year.  He lost.  

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6 thoughts on “Balto – Ran For Mayor Of New York City In 1925.

  1. My favorites: “Every child in America wanted to pull a sled and sleep on a pile of other children.” and “appalled to see dogs living under terrible conditions and earning the same wages as human women.”

    Go, Levier, go!

  2. Tom, are you sure your facts are right on this? I read on Wikipedia that Balto only ran for deputy mayor, a position that would allow him to vacation in Mexico during blizzards and states of emergency.

  3. “Memories coming rushing up to meet me now.”
    This is the NY I remember and celebrated. Cheers to the vim and vigor of Alaskan dogs like Balto, instead of the prattle of a lipstick hockey mom who can see Russia from her window. Balto, you’re a REAL American Patriot.

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