Morgan Co. teen elected to county commission

MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- 18-year-old Eli Anderson might look like a typical Wartburg Central High student, but he's also got a new job no one else at school has.

"I don't really look at it as I'm walking with a different hat on," Anderson said. "I'm in my high school I'm walking to class, walking to the cafeteria, just like anyone else here."

While his peers might be worried about prom, Friday night football or other school commitments, Anderson has to worry about running the county he lives in. On Tuesday, voters elected him to the Morgan County Commission.

"I saw an opportunity not for myself, but an opportunity to help my community and represent the people of the sixth district," Anderson said.

He sees being a teen on the commission as positive, giving him a different perspective.

"I get to see and experience a lot of the problems people my age go through," Anderson said. "A lot of people that are my age, we end up leaving the county because of the lack of opportunity here."

Those aren't the only problems he hopes to tackle, on top of passing budgets and dealing with other county business.

"Opioid addiction, poverty, we need some good jobs here," Anderson said. "We need to get people back to work and I just want to try and bring some fresh Ideas into the mix."

All while still working for his high school diploma.