EDITOR'S NOTE: Allison Murphy is a rising seventh grader at Thomson-McDuffie County Middle School. Allison placed second in an essay contest sponsored by Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley and the Georgia Municipal Association in the spring. Allison won a $50 savings bond. The McDuffie Mirror will publish each of the winning essays for the next two weeks.
If I were mayor, I would try to improve the community. This would include people cleaning up their yards, recycling, or just helping with local projects. It would make the town look presentable.
For example, if the president came to Thomson, he would say, "This is a very nice town. This is a place where I would want to live." The town would welcome lots of new people from all over the world. Which would make Thomson one of the greatest cities in the world!
If I were mayor, I would demolish old buildings and stores. This would make more room for new businesses and more houses. Plus, it would help more homeless people and young entrepreneurs. Plus, the community would look better! The businesses would help bring more money to the town and help the economy.
If I were mayor, I would fix parts of the community. That would include lamp posts, roads and sidewalks. It could help the people be safe. It could also make riding on the road easier for people. The lamp posts would make driving at night safer and you could see a lot more than you can normally see.
This is the end of the essay. But, the ideas I've come up with have taught me that mayors have a lot of responsibilities. Most people would think that it would be hard. I'm not saying it isn't; but, it's a great job. So, one day, you might become the mayor of McDuffie County.