19-year-old mayor focuses on improving his town's economy

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
19-Year-Old Mayor Focuses On Improving His Town's Economy


A 19-year old who was recently elected mayor of Indian Head, Maryland, is focused on encouraging businesses to return to the area.

"New vision, new way" was the campaign slogan Brandon Paulin used in response to the lack of improvement that was being made by the incumbent candidates.

According to him, the 1.5-square-mile town of less than 4,000 people on the western side of the state has been experiencing "a decline for a very long time."

He notes that the area was once thriving, but many stores now remain vacant.

One of his plans as mayor is to impose a fee on the owners of unoccupied commercial buildings to offset beneficial tax write-offs they get for the unused space.

Paulin was officially elected with 62.4 percent of the 383 votes cast.

His strategy involved going house to house to campaign for votes.

While performing his mayoral duties, he will continue studying political science at the College of Southern Maryland.

Though Paulin is the youngest mayor in Maryland's history, other teens have held official government posts.

More on AOL:
Fall of Ramadi calls US strategy into question
State Dept. to release Hillary emails by January
Prosecutors ask for gag order in Freddie Gray case
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners