Junior Mayor & “If I Were Mayor…” Contests

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Junior Mayor Zayd Salahuddin, Mayor Jud Ashman and Former Junior Mayor Purani Kannan

Junior Mayor Zayd Salahuddin, Mayor Jud Ashman
and Former Junior Mayor Purani Kannan

Each year the City conducts a Junior Mayor contest for 4th grade students in conjunction with the statewide “If I Were Mayor...” essay contest, sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League (MML), the Maryland Mayors Association & the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about local government and to showcase their creative writing talents. The MML "If I Were Mayor..." essay contest entry form, deadline & instructions are available in the Documents box on this page.

Junior Mayor Contest

The City takes this program one step further by selecting a winner specifically from its own community. Essays submitted by City residents will be reviewed by City staff & members of the Educational Enrichment Committee. Finalists will be invited to participate in a videotaped panel interview.

The winning essay will be posted on the City’s website. The Junior Mayor will receive a gift card and be invited to participate in City events throughout the year, including the Book Festival, Memorial & Veterans Day Observances, SummerFest & Fireworks, Labor Day Parade, CHARACTER COUNTS! events, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more. The program includes the opportunity for the Junior Mayor to host a service project involving his/her classmates, elected officials & City staff.

Mayor Jud Ashman is available to visit classes to talk about local government and encourage contest participation. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact the Public Information Office.

Eligibility
To participate in the Junior Mayor portion of this contest, the student must be a City resident. Please use our Address & Parcel Map to see if your residence falls within Corporate City Limits.

Submission
Deadline March 1, 2019
Mail or deliver copies of student essays with the student's name, address, teacher & school printed on the back to:

Junior Mayor Contest
City Hall
31 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

MML entry form does not need to be included for the Junior Mayor contest.