18-Year-Old Candidate Running for Mayor in Leachville

July 20, 2006 -- Posted at 5:02 p.m. CDT

LEACHVILLE, AR -- We've told you about the dire financial situation in the Mississippi County town of Leachville, now a lifetime resident of that town has decided to run for mayor.

"I'm running for mayor because, as you all know, the city of Leachville owes quite a bit of money for IRS taxes, and I feel the city council has been fed false information," said mayoral candidate Jerred Price.

The problems that have arisen because of the money the city of owes has cast a bad light on the city according to Price, and he wants his community's luster restored.

"I can work with the citizens and the members of the city council which are the true leaders of the city and get Leachville's image restored," said Price.

Price filed for the office of mayor Thursday at the Mississippi County Courthouse in Blytheville.

"I am involved in this as much as any other citizen is, and I'm concerned as much as other citizens are," said Price.

Price attends most of the city council meetings and is otherwise very active in the community, but something you may not know about him is that he's only 18-years-old.

"I want people to get to know me before they look at my age," said Price.

Price political aspirations began at age 14 when he got a grant from Entergy to put in street lamps that line main street in Leachville.

Some of Price's goals are to restore historic places in the city.  One of those historical sites is the old train depot in Leachville.

"I want to restore this depot and give it back to the city.  I want it to be turned into a community center where people in the community can come together," said Price.

It may be hard for some to take this teenage candidate seriously because of his age and because he has no political experience, but he says none of that matters.

"Young is a good thing.  You have an optimistic mind and you're ready to go.  Youth doesn't always mean you don't have wisdom," said Price.

So, why run?

"Leachville is a great city.  It has so many things to offer, and this one problem is just holding us back and keeping us from prospering as a city," said Price.

The current mayor in Leachville has held that office for the past 26 years.  The election will be on November 7th.