Tarry for the Nonce

November 22, 2005

Stumping for Votes

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:31 pm

At eighteen years old, Michael Sessions is the second youngest mayor in U.S. history:

Sessions, who turned 18 on Sept. 22, ran as a write-in candidate because he was too young to get on the ballot in the spring. The young politician used $700 from a summer job to fund his door-to-door campaign in Hillsdale, Mich., a town of about 9,000 . . .

“I’ve always been interested in politics,” says Sessions, who registered to vote the day after his birthday and became a write-in candidate one day later. “It’s certainly hard to be a write-in candidate,” he says, adding that he drove around town Tuesday afternoon, nervous that people didn’t know his name . . .

Sessions says his parents were skeptical at first but are now “very supportive.” He says he has no agenda but wants to meet everyone. “I’m trying to set up a board of advisers” that will include a former mayor and leaders from Hillsdale College, which he hopes to attend next fall.

I am charmed by our political process.

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