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MURRAY, Utah (AP) -- The mayor of the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray says he has little choice but to shave his nearly foot-long handlebar mustache for a children's charity.

Dan Snarr is putting the decision to a vote of residents and says his fashion statement is "getting creamed."

Besides, his wife hates it. She's sick of puckering up for a kiss and getting poked in the eye

Yet the 59-year-old Snarr also is facing pressure from the mustache lobby. The St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute got wind of his plans and called on Snarr to keep a stiff upper lip in the face of opposition.

A local Costco warehouse store says residents have been voting since May 1. Votes will be counted May 16.

Snarr says the shave votes far outnumber the save votes and that his graying mustache is doomed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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