Armstrong Student Acts as ‘Mayor For a Day’

Mayor For a Day Luke Davis reads the agenda alongside Mayor Joel Williams and Mayor Pro Tem Larry Nixon. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

The Highland Park Town Council got in touch with its younger constituency Monday afternoon. Armstrong Elementary second-grader Luke Davis acted as the town’s annual “Mayor For a Day.” Dressed in his best blazer and corduroys, he was ready to take on the world. Or, at least, the town council meeting.

Tradition dictates that the Mayor For a Day is welcome to bring a guest. In addition to his mother, father, and grandparents, young Mayor Davis chose to bring his friend and schoolmate, Lilly.

“I understand you have your campaign manager with you today,” Mayor Williams joked.

Mayor Davis got to see the normal, inner workings of government life. With his help, the council approved a bid for water maintenance, the resurfacing of Beverly Drive and Stratford Avenue blocks, changes to the town benefits plan, and minutes for the last meeting and work session. But one item was pulled from the agenda: A law that would give the director of public safety the right to put up temporary “no parking” signs.

“If that’s OK with Mayor Davis,” Councilman Will Beecherl added. Mayor Davis nodded his support.

When he’s not overseeing important town decisions, Mayor Davis enjoys playing basketball and video games. The best part of the day? He got to take home a miniature gavel with his name on it. So, does hometown hero Luke Davis see himself going into local government?

“Maybe,” he smiled.

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