Why wait until you’re 30 or 40 when you can be mayor now?
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18-year-old US Democratic Party activist Jalen Smith, who graduated from high school a few months ago and went to college, elected for mayor of Earl, Arkansas. Earl has a population of 1,800.
Smith is now the youngest African American to hold such a high position. But this does not scare him, because he was already the chairman of the student council and, according to him, understands the degree of responsibility.
“Why wait until you’re 30 or 40 when you can be mayor now?” – Smith reasoned when he put forward his candidacy. Then he said that he would be able to combine both work and college studies.
Before the vote, the young candidate promised that he would strengthen the local police department, find funds to repair the drainage system, and also conclude an agreement with some retail chain to open a supermarket in Earl. In the meantime, the townspeople go for groceries to a neighboring settlement.
In the election, 235 voters voted for Smith, his opponent scored 185 votes.