Elizabeth's Mayor Vasquez visits Singing Hills fifth grade
Sept. 19, 2022
Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez visited Singing Hills Elementary on Monday, Sept. 19, to talk with the fifth-grade class about being a mayor.
The students are learning about local government and careers ahead of their visit to Young AmeriTowne in early October, where they will spend the day role-playing a variety of careers. Cooper Tobler was elected mayor for that day by his classmates after a full campaign and election.
Mayor Vasquez told the students how local government works in Elizabeth, with its board of trustees, a mayor pro tem and the mayoral position -- all of which are part-time, volunteer positions -- "it's all about our community," she said.
She told them about her unique term of 4.5 years ending in November, which is the new date for town elections. They had previously been in April. The mayor also asked the students to guess number of residents in Elizabeth (about 4,000); explained how town board and staff work with the police and fire departments; and her work on the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting event in December (her favorite), and more.
The students asked her a wide variety of questions for about 20 minutes and learned about the differences between laws and ordinances, how mayors work with town staff members and other mayors around the state, and how leaders "can't make everyone happy, but you can make sure everyone is heard and that you do your best for them."