Gearing up for polling day
The six candidates in the running to become Mansfield's first Youth Mayor are preparing themselves for polling day.
Polling stations will be set up in schools across Mansfield, at West Notts College and at the Connexions Office on Regent Street tomorrow (Thursday 16 October). Separate arrangements have been made for E2E (entry to employment) voters.
All 11-18 years olds who attend school or college within the District of Mansfield are entitled to vote in the election, which determines who will become the first Directly-Elected Youth Mayor in the East Midlands.
The six young people in the running are:
- Scott Beasley
- Jessika Brown
- Troy Coalwood
- Stephanie Le Page
- Holly Papper
- Melissa Peet
For more information about the candidates and to read their manifestos, please visit the Youth Mayor web page on www.mansfield.gov.uk/youthmayor.
Polling day takes place during Local Democracy Week (13-19 October), which is a nationwide campaign aimed at addressing the democratic deficit and making politics more relevant to young people.
Once elected, the Youth Mayor will act as a representative for other young people in the district and will have a unique opportunity to influence the Council's decisions that affect the young people of Mansfield District.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, commented: "After a few weeks of frantic campaigning – polling day is almost here for these young people. I wish all of them luck as they enter this momentous day, which will decide who will become the first Directly-Elected Youth Mayor in the East Midlands."
"Mansfield District Council, Notts County Council and Connexions have worked hard over the last few weeks to get this momentous project up and running and my thanks go to all of those who have been involved."
"My sincere hope is that young people will experience as close to a real Mayoral election as possible and that this will help address the democratic deficit and allow more young people to engage with politics."