‘If I Were Mayor…’ essay winners honored

Published 8:26 am Friday, April 19, 2013


Two local sixth-graders shared their ideas for how they would make Bainbridge a better place to live, if they were mayor of the city.

Kalun Brown and Caleb Harris, both sixth-graders at Hutto Middle School, were the local winners of the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest.

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Brown wrote that if he were mayor, he would use his influence to work toward limiting youth criminal activity, build shelters for the homeless and renovate vacant buildings for use by the community.

Harris wrote that if he were mayor, he would work on improving city sidewalks, partner with other government leaders on attracting new businesses and construct more parks — for people and dogs alike — and create new recreation opportunities.

Brown also placed first among 691 total essays submitted in Southwest Georgia. He will visit the 755 Club at Turner Field in Atlanta in May, when the state essay contest winner will be announced.

Brown’s other perks for winning locally include $50 in Bainbridge Bucks and a ride to school in a Bainbridge Public Safety patrol car with flashing lights and sirens.

For second place, Harris received $25 in Bainbridge Bucks and a plaque commemorating the recognition.

Brown is the son of Demetris Taylor and Darnell Gordon. His language arts teacher is Alicia Gordon.

Harris is the son of Lee and Julie Harris. His language arts teacher is Shirley Wilkinson.