Crestline Elementary School fifth grader Evan Hall was the facilitator during a presentation by Crestline mayor Gloria McDonald on Thursday.
The mayor visited Cory Forshaw’s fifth-grade social studies class as part of their study of the Democracy form of government.
Hall asked several questions of the newly elected mayor including why she wanted to become mayor in the first place.
“I worked for the village for 18 years and after I retired, many people told me I should run for mayor. I love Crestline and want to do what I can to improve the community we live in,” McDonald said.
Hall is running for treasurer in the mock election in his social studies class that will take place the same day as the primary election on March 15.
“It seems like it would be a good position,” said Hall.
Hall asked McDonald what her biggest challenges are in her position as mayor of the village.
“The village is having financial issues so we are working on those with the state. My biggest challenge is to get the members of the village council to work together to find solutions that are good for our community,” McDonald said.
Forshaw said the students running for class treasurer, president and secretary had to complete and file petitions as McDonald did when she decided to run for mayor.
“My students have all filled out a voter registration and will receive a voter registration card when they vote on March 15,” said Forshaw.
Forshaw said the students running for election are campaigning and will participate in a debate before the entire class votes during the real-world primary election.
Student Kaylie Thompson was impressed with McDonald’s presentation.
“I learned a lot about what it would be like to be the mayor. I think you would have to be a really good listener to be a good mayor,” Thompson said.
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