Meghan Garrett is a rising seventh grader at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School. Meghan won third place in an essay contest recently sponsored by Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley and the Georgia Municipal Association.. She won a $25 savings bond. Below is Meghan's essay.
By Meghan Garrett
If I were mayor, I would be very happy to serve the city. In town hall meetings, I would listen to the people and fix their problems. I would listen to the workers and the clerks, teachers and the city employees. Then, I would try to fix the problems they are having.
I would look to see why we have shrub and debris in empty lots, to see who is the ones that need to clean it up. But most of all, if I were mayor, I would listen to people.
If I were mayor, I would listen to my police officers and firemen, ENT response employees. Then, I would try to help them be safe.
If I were mayor, I would listen to the problems and work to fix all of the problems in Thomson, my home. But, I would mainly try to fix education problems, because the children are the future. I would try to improve student standards and have tutors available when we need them. I would have scholarships for students who need them.
But, mainly the thing is to listen. As a mayor, if you don't, you won't know who needs what. Also, you need to know how you would need to serve your city, because if you don't know anything, then if you do, you can run and win.
But, if I ran for mayor, I would listen, listen to everyone. I think that's why some of the citizens in Thomson need jobs is because we probably had a mayor who didn't know anything.
This is what I would do if I was mayor.