Teen mayor Kelvin Green, 18, was sworn in as the youngest city leader in the history of Archer City, Texas, on Friday, just before playing shortstop in a playoff game with the Archer City High School Wildcats baseball team.
According to the 2010 US Census, Archer City is a town of 1,834 people. However, Green didn’t need a single vote to secure the office (and his first post-graduation job). He got it by default since no one else was running.
“The city wanted me in this position even though there was not an election,” Green said in comments to NewsChannel 6 shortly before the swearing-in ceremony.
“It’s more or less a childhood dream,” Green continued. “As it’s gotten closer I’ve become more excited and I’m ready to take on the task for sure.”
One of the major issues the teen mayor will be faced with solving: a stage four drought.
Fellow senior Tyler Scrogum finds that Kelvin Green is just the right man to tackle this and any other challenge the city may face.
“It’s really crazy, but actually I should have seen it coming. But if he sets his mind to it, he’s going to do it,” Scrogum said.
Archer City High School economics teacher Jeff Pirkle was also impressed by Green, stating that he is a “great student” and that he’s “happy to see him want to give back and serve the community of Archer City.”
While it’s certainly respectable of Green and most are supporting the decision, it does leave one question regarding the town itself: where are the adults in all this?
Then again, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. After all, more and more young people are getting interested in politics. Take, for instance, Saira Blair, the 18-year-old The Inquisitr reported on last week, who won the West Virginia GOP primary, unseating incumbent Del. Larry Krump.
Many of Saira’s supporters were not old enough to vote in the primary, but will be 18 years old by the election. Blair has encouraged these soon-to-be adults to register to vote. “It’s wonderful that my generation is learning they don’t have to be 40, 50 or 60 to realize these conservative values benefit them,” she said, referring to her “pro-family, pro-life, pro-guns, and pro-business” agenda.
It’s not known where the teen mayor stands on all these issues, but then again, with city government, it really isn’t as relevant.
Do you think having a teen mayor or representative is a good thing, or does it show a void of leadership in the adult population?