30 vie to be voted in as next young mayor of borough

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THIRTY youngsters are getting ready to battle it out for the votes they need to be elected as the next young mayor of North Tyneside.

Only four of the children, aged 11 to 15, nominated for the role, currently held by Rebecca Leighton, pictured, will be picked as candidates for election.

To arrive at that shortlist for the ballot paper, the hopefuls face a round of preliminary online voting.

All of the nominees’ pictures and personal manifestos are available to view at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/youngmayor, and young people can vote for their favourites there too.

The four nominees with the most votes will vie for the role of young mayor next month.

Anyone aged 11 to 19 who lives or works in North Tyneside, or who is in Years 7 to 13 at a North Tyneside school or college, is eligible to cast a preliminary vote.

Voting closes at 3pm a week tomorrow.

David Lilly, the council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “We are delighted by the response we have had so far.

“The nominees have clearly been inspired by the amount and range of work that the current young mayor has undertaken over the last 12 months and the real difference she’s made.”

The preliminary voting process was introduced last year due to the high level of interest in the position.

The eventual winner will be the borough’s third young mayor and will work with a young cabinet and North Tyneside’s youth council to influence decisions made by the council’s mayor, cabinet and council.

In addition, 50 young councillor posts are up for grabs in the November elections, with the successful young mayor selecting his or her Young Cabinet from the Youth Council.

North Tyneside’s young mayor and youth council elections will take place between November 14 and 16 in schools, colleges and other locations across the borough.