As Idyllwild is a non-incorporated town, it has no human mayor. The town's local animal rescue organization sponsored Idyllwild's first-ever mayoral election. Any local resident was permitted to nominate his or her dog or cat. Fourteen dogs and two cats were nominated and ran for office. Constituents cast their votes via $1 donations each, and all $31,000 of the proceeds benefited the animal rescue.

Max won a full two-thirds of the votes, and became Idyllwild's first mayor.