If nothing else can be said of President Barack Obama, he most certainly has inspired a new crop of unique and distinctive candidates to seek political office — but a teenager becoming mayor will never happen, right?
Apparently, 18-year-old Jeremy Minnier didn’t get that memo, winning his campaign for mayor of Aredale, Iowa by a landslide.
The Hampton Dunmont High School student made history with 24 write-in votes, soundly beating incumbent Mayor Virgil Homer, who only received eight votes, according to unofficial results.
Minnier claims that this is no publicity stunt. He took into consideration the concerns of the seventy-three residents of Aredale and decided that he was the best man(?) for the job:
In an interview with NPR, Minnier said: “People think I’m young. I’m only 18, I can’t do this. Well, there’s a lot of young adults that are interested in these topics.”
Minnier has voiced his dedication to addressing rural water and septic issues, platforms that politicians in his hometown apparently seem to avoid.
One thing is for certain, “Call it an end to politics as usual,” NPR says.