No One Wants to Be Mayor of Little Mountain, South Carolina

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Unlike in our capital — where qualified candidates clamber to help — the leadership of Little Mountain, South Carolina, has been rejected by all its 292 residents. Even the top two write-in recipients who emerged after the election to replace the retiring mayor in November turned down the $100-a-month job (no candidates actually ran). Perhaps they'll have better luck finding someone in nearby Columbia where, according to the New York Times, Little Mountain goes for "jobs and a faster pace." Otherwise, the town will end up like Mount Sterling, Iowa, which disbanded after 105 years when no one ran for mayor or city council.