THE search is on for the next young mayor in North Tyneside.
A total of 34 candidates, aged between 11 and 16 have officially put themselves forward for the prestigious position at North Tyneside Council.
But as only four can go forward as a candidate for election, the nominees will now have to go through a process of preliminary online voting just to make it onto the ballot paper.
Photographs and personal manifestos of all the nominees are available to view online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/youngmayor, where young people can cast a vote for their favourite.
Any young person aged 11 to 19 who lives or works in North Tyneside, or who is in Year 7 to 13 in a North Tyneside school or college, is eligible to vote before 4pm on Friday, October 26.
The four nominees with the most votes will go forward as a young mayor candidate.
Young people will vote again during the young mayor and youth council elections, which take place between November 19 and 21.
The successful candidate will be the borough’s fourth young person to take up the position.
They will replace outgoing young mayor, 16-year-old Jade Hope.
North Tyneside Council’s young mayor and youth council elections in November will take place in schools, colleges and other locations throughout the borough.