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Fourth-grader has mayoral visions

May 14, 2003

WILLIAMSPORT - If Mandy Boyer were mayor of Williamsport, she would have "one of the best towns in the whole state."

The fourth-grade student at Williamsport Elementary School was one of 11 district winners in the Maryland Municipal League's "If I Were Mayor I Would..." essay contest, according to information from the organization.

In her essay, Mandy, the daughter of Allison and Troy Boyer, wrote that she would make her community a better place by reaching out to all its citizens, including "multi-cultures and ethnic backgrounds, senior citizens, youth, the disabled, and those of lower incomes."

She would "bring people together," and "encourage people to be active in determining the future of our city."

As mayor, Mandy would try to find jobs for people with lower incomes, set up summer camps for the disabled, throw holiday parties and parades, encourage town residents to keep the town clean, and have "people put left-overs outside for animals so you don't waste food and so animals can live," she wrote.

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The Maryland Municipal League fielded more than 1,750 essays for this year's contest, according to information from the organization.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. commended winners' efforts on April 21. Mandy, the daughter of Allison and Troy Boyer, also was honored with other winners during an April 26 ceremony at Prince George's (County) Stadium.

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