Education booksThe Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .”

This contest is offered to all sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students in public and private schools and the information is currently being shared with the schools. We are encouraging students to learn and write about Home Rule, and how it affects their municipality.

Entries must be postmarked by January 29, 2021. Essays will be judged by a committee comprised of members from the Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors. The top three winners will receive a gift card and a joint resolution from the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities, to be presented by their mayor at a council/commission meeting of their municipality’s choosing.

Municipal officials are asked to encourage public school sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in their area to participate in the essay contest. The contest will also be promoted on our social media platforms. We hope to generate positive news stories as a result of this statewide contest.

Please promote this contest by doing the following:

  • Share the application with your school superintendent and middle school principals. Encourage them to share the contest information with their schools.
  • Share the application with local sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade teachers and encourage them to share it with their students. Volunteer to visit a classroom as a guest speaker. Help students understand the benefits of living in a municipality, the services they receive from their municipal government, the difference between local government and state government, and the importance of Home Rule for a municipality. Walk them through a day in the life of a mayor.
  • Spread the word about this contest (i.e. contact your local news media, make announcements at your commission meetings and during your various speaking engagements, and place an announcement in your municipality’s newsletters, website, etc.)

If you have any questions, contact Linda Bridges at lbridges@flcities.com or 850.222.9684.