Final candidates for young mayor

The four shortlisted Young Mayor candidates are seen at North Tyneside Council HQ, Cobalt Business Park (left to right) James Dutschak-Kavanagh, Jenny Burnand, Isaac Sidney and Jessica Sproat.
The four shortlisted Young Mayor candidates are seen at North Tyneside Council HQ, Cobalt Business Park (left to right) James Dutschak-Kavanagh, Jenny Burnand, Isaac Sidney and Jessica Sproat.

YOUNG people in North Tyneside have selected their young mayor candidates for 2012 -13.

A total of 34 nominees aged between 11 and 16 put themselves forward for the position, but only four could go though to elections later this month.

More than 3,400 online votes were cast in the preliminary rounds, three times as many as the previous year.

The four successful candidates with the most votes are: Isaac Sidney, 14, from Marden High School, James Dutschak Kavanagh, 15, from St Thomas More RC Academy, Jenny Burnand, 16, from Burnside Business and Enterprise College, and Jessica Sproat, 15, from Longbenton Community College.

Each candidate has put forward a manifesto, outlining what they would do as young mayor, and why their peers should vote for them.

Issac has pledged to work to achieve better transport links for everybody, to improve sexual health awareness and to promote sports facilities for young people.

James has promised to ensure that young people receive high quality careers advice, to work to improve the image of young people and to ensure quality youth provision for youngsters.

Jenny has said she will try to influence decision makers to ensure cheaper travel for young people, will help young people become more ambitious and positive and will make North Tyneside greener, cleaner and safer.

And Jessica’s manifesto includes ambitions to educate young people about college, university, apprenticeships and employment options, as well as improving employment opportunities for young people and developing more indoor places for young people to go.

The four candidates now have just over two weeks to secure voter support ahead of the young mayor and youth council elections which are open from Monday, November 19, to Wednesday, November 21.

Elections will be held in North Tyneside schools, colleges and other selected venues and any young person aged 11-19 who lives, works or attends school or college in North Tyneside can vote.

For more details on how to vote, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk/youngmayor or call (0191) 643 8215.