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Posted on: March 6, 2019

‘If I Were Mayor’ Contest Gives Students a Chance to be Mayor for a Day

Mayor Newton to Visit Rockville Fourth-Graders

Rockville, Maryland, March 6 – The deadline is approaching for fourth-graders attending schools in Rockville to submit essays for the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

The theme of this year’s contest, organized by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors Association, is “Together We Can.” Students are asked to write an essay, no longer than 275 words, that would describe how, if they were mayor, they would get the community and fellow officials to work better together. Essays must be received by mail by Saturday, March 30.

One winning essay will be selected from each of MML’s 11 regional districts throughout the state. Winners will receive $100 cash and will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Annapolis. In addition, Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will select a Rockville-area student to serve as the city’s Mayor for a Day in May.

Learn more at by selecting “Mayor’s Essay Contest” under “Engagement,” or call the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations’ office at 240-314-8280.

The Mayor and Council consider the contest to be a wonderful exercise in government studies and encourage fourth-graders attending schools in Rockville to participate. 

Mayor Newton welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the essay contest, municipal government and what it is like to be mayor of Rockville. Teachers or school administrators may email to arrange for the mayor to visit their school. A mayoral visit is not required for students to participate in the contest.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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