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Nominations Open for Winnipeg’s Next Kid Mayor

February 27, 2019 10:09 AM | News

Kid Mayor Nazar Viznytsya (right) and Deputy Kid Mayor (runner-up) Gabi Wagner, with Mayor Brian Bowman in May 2018. (HANDOUT)

Think your kid has what it takes to be Winnipeg’s mayor for the day? Nominations are now open for kids between the ages of eight and 12 to give it a shot.

“This is an initiative introduced last year to help nurture a greater appreciation for and understanding of municipal government,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

Applicants seeking to become Winnipeg’s next Kid Mayor need to explain what they think mayors do, and what they would do to make Winnipeg an even better place to live and why. Submissions need to be under 250 words, can be made into a video if applicants have the means to do so, and can be submitted either online or by mail.

“I hope that again this year kids from across Winnipeg can find time to apply,” Bowman added. “Being Mayor is an incredible responsibility and it carries with it very high expectations, and this initiative helps underscore the importance of the Office of Mayor for both kids and parents in a way that’s not only fun but also educational.”

Last year’s winner, Nazar Viznytsya, was selected from more than 250 applicants to spend the day with Mayor Bowman. He attended an executive policy committee meeting, spoke to the media and pitched ideas for making Winnipeg a better place. Viznytsya also met with Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth, and officially opening a new candy store.

Applicants must have parental permission to apply and applications need to be submitted by Friday, April 26.