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Mayors & Young Elected Leaders 2017

 

Mayors Who are Young Elected Leaders

The Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office. In 2017, there were 12 sitting mayors who are Young Elected Leaders (YELs), ranging from age 27 to 35. The populations of the cities these mayors serve range from 307,072 to 103. Additionally, 6 of the mayors were elected to the office as their first elected position and only 3 out of the 12 are women.

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Mayors of the Most Populous Cities 

Though none of the mayors of the 10 most populous cities in America in 2017 were YELs, nearly half of them started their careers as YELs and nearly all of them started their careers as members of the city council. Additionally, all 10 mayors were men.

Mayors of Most Populous Cities

 

About the Young Elected Leaders Project

Originating in 2002 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Young Elected Leaders Project studies and works with young people who run for public office. For this project, Eagleton established a database of young elected officials; conducted a survey of young elected leaders regarding their background and leadership experience; convened a conference of young leaders in May 2003; and issued a report entitled Political Generation Next: America’s Young Elected Leaders. Currently, YELP is led by Dr. Elizabeth Matto, associate research professor and director of Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation, working with a team of undergraduate researchers.