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Fourth Graders: What Would You Do If You Were Mayor?

March 8 is the Deadline for the ‘If I Were Mayor …’ Essay Contest

Rockville fourth graders have a chance to meet Mayor Monique Ashton and imagine what they would do if they were mayor by taking part in the Maryland Municipal League’s statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

This year’s theme is “Inspiring Leadership in Your City/Town/Community.” Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 275 words about what they would do to inspire leadership in their city, town or community and describe a project they would undertake to make others want to help make their city, town or community better.

One winning essay will be selected from each of MML’s 11 districts. Winners will receive a cash prize and a citation from the governor and will be honored, along with their parents and teacher, during an awards ceremony in late April.

The entry deadline is Friday, March 8. For more information, including contest rules and forms for submitting entries online, visit

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 Ashton welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the essay contest, municipal government and what it is like to be Rockville’s mayor. Teachers or school administrators may email Judy Penny at [email protected] to arrange a visit by the mayor, though a mayoral visit is not required for students to participate in the contest.

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