Digital illustration of a kid mayor being interviewed 

I'm a Junior Mayor

Ten-year-old Abeer Dey is helping his community. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your city or town? I’m getting the chance to find out! I’m the junior mayor in Gaithersburg, Maryland. That’s where I live. 

Each year, Gaithersburg holds an “If I Were Mayor” contest for fourth-graders, and I entered last spring. I wrote an essay to the city council telling them what I would do if I got the job. My dream is to prevent bullying in schools. My plan involves creating stations where kids could go to report bullying. 

When I found out that I had beat out more than 50 kids for the job, I was surprised and excited. In June, I attended a ceremony with Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman. I was sworn in to office by taking an oath. That means I promised to carry out my duty as junior mayor until my term ends next May. 

Courtesy the City of Gaithersburg

Keep It Local

Working with Mayor Ashman has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am learning so much from him, like how to respectfully share my ideas for improving our city. 

I also get to attend events. At a local fair, I greeted people along with the mayor and other officials. I've even been interviewed by a news reporter! 

Being a junior mayor has shown me how important local government is in solving community problems. If you have an idea about how to help your town, try to implement it by getting the support of your local government.