GOSHEN — Mayor Jeremy Stutsman will appoint Goshen High School student Zoe Eichorn to the City Council as the new youth adviser for the 2019-20 school year, according to the mayor's office.
Eichorn, who is finishing her junior year, was elected by the student body in an election held Thursday. She won in a close race with her fellow candidates, Simon Hertzler Gascho, Dylan Steury and Joseph Narayan, the mayor said.
Current youth adviser Felix Perez Diener will continue to serve with the council until early June, at which time Eichorn will be sworn in as the newest member of the council.
State law allows mayors to appoint a person younger than 18 to serve as a nonvoting member to the council and as an adviser on matters concerning the youth. Stutsman has instead encouraged Goshen High School students to elect a student to represent them and all the younger constituents in the city. Junior high school students are elected in the spring and serve for a year with the council as a nonvoting member.
Since 2015, the Elkhart County Voter Registration Office, Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen have collaborated to hold elections at the high school.