If you thought Kwame pulled an upset, check this out

The little town of Hillsdale, Michigan, elected a new mayor yesterday.

Michael Sessions unseated Hillsdale’s 51-year-old mayor, Doug Ingles, and he did it with a campaign budget of only $700. Plus, he won the top city position as a write-in, which means every person that voted for him had to write his name on the ballot instead of just choosing between Sessions and Ingles.

The small amount he put into the race or the fact that he was a write-in candidate isn’t what makes Sessions’ win so incredible, though.

Keep reading to find out what does…

The thing that makes this mayor-elect so special is that he is an 18-year-old high school student. Yep, you read that correct – Hillsdale’s mayor-elect is 18 years old and is still in high school.

According to a story on the website of WDIV-Channel 4, Sessions was only 17 last Spring when the ballots were printed, so his only choice was to run as a write-in candidate. He registered for the mayoral election two days after his 18th birthday, which was September 22, which was the day after he registered to vote.

The city’s website unofficially reports that Sessions got 52.2 % of the vote and Ingles got 47.7%.

6 Comments so far

  1. lance (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 6:24 am

    I read that in today’s Free Press. Absolutely unbelieveable. If only national voters, or even just Detroit voters, had that much motivation to vote and make a difference.

  2. observer_mike (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 7:46 am

    I beleive that this new mayor is only 18! What an unbeleivable story! This kid, I mean guy, is my hero! I would really like to talk with him.

  3. Burt (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 10:09 am

    What’s the big deal. Detroit elected a RAT for TWO terms!

  4. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 10:37 am

    Lance and Observer_Mike:

    I agree that what Sessions did is unbelievable.

    What a great example to set for other teenagers (and adults!).

  5. lance (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 6:04 am


    True, Detroit did elect a “rat” for 2 terms, but that’s the only way to describe all of the candidates. Beside Kilpatrick is twice the age of this young man AND had political experience at the state level.

  6. Doug (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 10:22 am


    I think I agree with you in principle, but actually they elected the RAT for five terms…it was the ASS they have elected twice now…


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