For a quick break from DC political news today, an 18-year-old has just become the country’s youngest mayor. In a race against two other candidates, Ben Simons won 41% of the vote and is now charged to represent the roughly 1,000 residents in his hometown Yoncalla, Oregon.
According to KEZI, the local ABC news affiliate, Simons graduated last June as his high school’s valedictorian and has worked as both a city councilor and volunteer firefighter. Now, along with being the city’s mayor, he is a student at Umpqua Community College.
“My age shouldn’t be my qualifying or disqualifying factor,” he told local reporter Brady Wakayama. “I really got the skill set and the ambition to take on this and I hope to do good for this community.”
Watch the story here: