The small Oregon town of Yoncalla has voted in Ben Simons as their new mayor, in the election Tuesday night. Simons is a city councilor, volunteer firefighter, and 18 years old. If that last bit sounds like a Parks and Rec character to you, you're not the only one.
An 18-year-old mayor named Ben is precisely the backstory of one of the most popular characters from the hit sitcom. In the show's history, Ben Wyatt ran for and won the mayorship of Partridge, Minnesota. However, Wyatt's term as mayor ends in disaster. He bankrupts the city by building Ice Town, a winter-themed sports complex. The immature decision haunts him well into the series.
The thought wasn't lost on Twitter.
But while Wyatt's win exposed his immaturity, Simons seems the perfect man for the job. Having received 41% of the votes, he was named the youngest mayor in the town's history. The valedictorian will begin his term as mayor on January 1st for the small town. He has plans to maintain the infrastructure and stay well within the budget. He understands means are limited in the town and wants to work with what is available to improve it.
Twitter can't seem to get past the similarities though.
His time as a volunteer firefighter has inspired people as well. David Adkisson with the North Douglas Fire Department was quoted as saying,
"He's really great at getting people together to help us, too. He just goes around, he gets the people — I don't if he pays them or how he does it, but he gets them here and it's great to have his energy in the district."
The young teen certainly has the moxie to run this town. Let's just hope he doesn't want to build a winter sports complex.