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18-year-old write-in candidate elected Hillsdale mayor

November 9, 2005, 8:51 AM

HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) -- An 18-year-old high school student has been elected mayor after mounting a write-in campaign to oust the 51-year-old incumbent.

With all the votes counted, Michael Sessions had 732 votes to 668 for Mayor Doug Ingles, according to unofficial figures posted on the city's Web site.

A cheer went up in the Sessions home when the results were announced over the radio. The Hillsdale High School student lives with his parents and 13-year-old sister Sarah.

Scott and Lorri Sessions at first had doubts about the wisdom of their son's candidacy, he said.

"They thought I was crazy and (were) pretty skeptical of my campaign, but now they have smiles from cheek-to-cheek," Sessions told The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.

Hillsdale -- population 8,200 -- is home to the 160-year-old, 1,200-student Hillsdale College.

Pending clearance by the County Board of Canvassers on Thursday, Sessions will be the youngest mayor in city history, the Hillsdale Daily News reported.

Sessions was 17 and not yet qualified to get on the ballot in the spring.

But one day after his birthday, on Sept. 22, he registered to vote. The next day, he signed up as a write-in candidate.

He used $700 from a summer job to fund his race.

"Right off, I'm not going to get their respect, they'll say: "This kid could be my grandson,"' Sessions said of the City Council. "But it's not about bossing them around, it will be about cooperating with them."

Sessions put up signs all over Hillsdale and campaigned door-to-door.

"A lot of older people really enjoyed talking to me. I looked them in the eye. Young people could relate to me," he said.

Ingles declined comment Tuesday night but asked earlier, "How much credibility does an 18-year-old have?"

Sessions responded Tuesday night, "They elected me mayor, so obviously the people of Hillsdale took me seriously."

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Top Ten Good Things About Being An 18-Year-Old Mayor

10. "Parents try to tell me what to do, I raise their taxes"

9. "Every night, a different member of the town council does my homework"

8. "It's every teen's dream: The power to regulate zoning laws"

7. "Goodbye, education budget -- Hello, brand new X-box"

6. "I got a call from Demi Moore"

5. "Trying to get the city hall on an episode of 'MTV Cribs'"

4. "I don't have to wait in line at Applebee's anymore"

3. "School bullies now have to deal with the Feds"

2. "Only victory speech featuring the word 'Dude'"

1. "It's flattering when President Bush calls me for advice"

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QUOTE(Plan B @ Nov 12 2005, 10:52 AM)

He's cute and legal :o

Were you on a TV show once?? Called Flipper??

Good for the kid ...we need some fresh thinking in this country anymore!!!

Hope he does well B)

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This kid has no clue as to what he is in for. If I lived in that town, no joke, I would move ASAP. Politics is not some kind of gag you play. Peoples lives and tax dollars are greatly affeced upon the successes and failures of local politicians. When the news camera crews leave town, this kid will have some very very hard days ahead of him. He will then learn who his true friends are and how ignorant and arrogant his idea was. Tough lessons for an 18 year old.

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it'll be great for him as an experience in his life, even if he fails miserably. how many ppl get to put "mayor of ---" on their resumes??

So we shall elect children with bipolar hypomania disorders to a public office position where they will hold our wallets because it would be great for them regardless as to what harm they may do us? No thanks!

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