kid mayor pic

Monica Pierce, left, opens the Goshen Board of Works meeting with a gavel tap Monday in this screen capture from a stream of the meeting. Also pictured are Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, who also sits on the board, and board member Mary Nichols.

GOSHEN — The city’s inaugural kid mayor was sworn in and presided over her first meeting Monday.

Monica Pierce, a fourth-grader at Model Elementary, was elected by her peers in the pilot of the junior mayor program at Goshen Community Schools. She and other fourth-graders ran on platforms that they chose and gave speeches to pitch their ideas on how to make Goshen a better place for everyone.

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