Monday, June 25, 2007
"I run this town." It's usually a line from movies and the young showoffs saying it don't actually run anything. But, at 19, Michael Sessions really runs a town. He runs Hillsdale, Michigan, a community of some 8,000 people in southern Michigan.
Last year Sessions beat out the 51-year-old incumbent mayor to officially become the youngest mayor in the United States while he was still in high school. He registered to vote the day he turned 18 and became a write-in candidate with an energetic, successful campaign the very next day. Now, Sessions is in his first year of school at Hillsdale College and his second year as mayor at City Hall.
With media coverage from all around the world, Session remains humble and friendly as can be. "I run this town" are words that probably wouldn't come out of his mouth. But if you're ever in Hillsdale, Sessions says feel free to e-mail him anytime for a personal tour.
Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview
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