Mansfield Youth Mayor
Mansfield's new Youth Mayor for 2013/14 is Tanna Nita (16) of Samworth Church Academy.
Tanna will be supported by Deputy Youth Mayor Tom Richardson (17) of Manor Academy and Youth Ambassador Jade Booker (17) of Queen Elizabeth's Academy.
Tanna received 1,057 first preference votes and 321 second choice votes - a total of 1,378. Tom received 982 first preference votes and 362 second choice votes - a total of 1,344. Jade received 827 first preference votes. The total voter turn-out was 2,943.
Tanna, Tom and Jade will represent young people in the District and take their voice to the Mayor, Members and Officers of the Council and other community organisations. They will act as ambassadors for Mansfield at various conferences and as role models for their peers across the District.
Tanna said: "I'm really pleased to have been elected as Mansfield's new Youth Mayor. I'm really looking forward to working towards delivering the objectives set out in my manifesto."
Tanna plans to:
- raise awareness of the Cadet Forces amongst young people
- improve the skate park by creating a sheltered area which can be used when it rains
- promote outdoor activities to encourage young people to try new things and gain new experiences
- create a better image for the young people of Mansfield and improve communications between generations
Deputy Youth Mayor Tom Richardson said: "I'm happy to have been elected as Deputy Youth Mayor and I'm looking forward to the year ahead."
Youth Ambassador Jade Booker added: "I'd like to congratulate Tanna and Tom in their success and I look forward to working with them over the next year."
The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, said: "All three candidates have much to bring to youth democracy in Mansfield and I congratulate them all on their campaigns. I look forward to seeing Tanna, Tom and Jade progress their manifestos over the next year.
"I strongly believe that young people should be given a voice - the Youth Mayor programme helps to bridge the democratic deficit in promoting participation in the election and allowing the youth voice to be heard. I'm pleased that so many young people voted and have had experience of casting their vote in preparation for when they vote in an adult election."
This is the 6th year that Mansfield will have a Youth Mayor. Tanna, Tom and Jade take over from the previous Youth Mayor Jessica Wells and Youth Ambassador Lucy Fretwell.
You can keep up to date with what the Youth Mayor and Youth Ambassador are doing on their Facebook page - just search for Mansfield Youth Mayor.