Brandon Paulin of Indian Head, Maryland was recently announced mayor this past month after a 54 vote lead against his opponent. Here's a twist though, he is 19-years-old, which makes him the youngest mayor in Maryland's history.
Some may say he is too young for this, that he isn't even legally allowed to drink alcohol so certainly not mature enough to run a town. However, Paulin states in local news sources like The Washington Post and WUSA9 that he see's the issues in his town, and that he is determined to fix them.
Brandon Paulin’s interest in politics sparked when he was 10. He started attending local town hall meetings, giving insight and ideas on how to improve the community.
“I saw the need for crosswalk signs in the community. I prepared a speech and presented my idea to the town council, within a few weeks the signs were up. I've attended meetings ever since.” said Paulin in an email interview with The Bulldog.
In June 2010, he claimed, "Indian Head needs something, we need to bring business in and fill these vacant buildings."
His and other citizens’ ideas were shot down by a council that didn't want change from Indian Head's old ways.
Fast forward 4 ½ years, and Paulin’s views haven’t changed; if anything, they strengthened and his concern for the town has increased. He was confident going into his election with his experience working towards a major in Political Science at College of Southern Maryland, and with working for the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
“I felt it was time to take on a leadership role. If I didn't, who was going to? The same people that have ran things for 30+ years?” said Paulin.
He funded his campaign with the money he earned from the Redskins Charitable Foundation. With the slogan “New Vision, New Way,” he won over the Indian Head community with his enthusiasm, dedication and drive to better his community.
“Being Mayor is challenging, but nothing I didn't expect.” Said Paulin.