4th grader runs for Farragut office, makes history

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 7:01 PM EDT
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A 4th grade student is making history by running as one of the youngest candidates for Alderman in the Town of Farragut, Tennessee.

Lauren Leilani Johns, 9, met the qualifications for Alderman after the previous Alderman became Mayor of Farragut in the August election. Leilani submitted a letter of interest and is one of six candidates.

According to a press release, Leliani's parents, Bill and Margaret Johns are both very entrepreneurial, creative, and community-minded, and have been very supportive of their daughter.

Her application said that she would "bring a youthful perspective to the town, will be a great representative to the schools, and knows exactly what kids want for the parks."

Although she is an eligible candidate, Leilani is ineligible to take an oath of office and be seated due to State of Tennessee law for age restrictions. However, her father says, "Leilani will be quite busy with her school and homework, chores, after school activities, and a very busy social calendar that will prevent her from going on any further than the interview process."

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