Templeton Elementary School student Karen Maddox won the elementary school division of the 'If I were Mayor, I Would...' contest with this poster. The contest was open to Tigard students from elementary, middle and high schools to describe what they would do as mayor to better the city.Tigard Mayor John L. Cook has named the local winners of the city’s “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” contest.

The contest was divided between elementary, middle and high school students who live in Tigard.

The winner of the elementary school division was Karen Maddox, a fifth-grader at James Templeton Elementary School.

Kyle Ferrero, a sixth-grader at St. Anthony Catholic School, won the middle school essay contest.

No high school entries were submitted, according to the city.

In her award-winning poster, Maddox said she would add more playground equipment at local parks, and pledged to “stop people from littering.”

Ferrero said that if he were mayor, he would make the city safer by expanding neighborhood watch groups and appoint local people to serve on committees.

“I believe that good schools, enough jobs, and safe, friendly neighborhoods make a great community,” he wrote in his two-page essay. “I would be interested in learning what other issues are important to Tigard’s citizens. I would spend my time learning what are people’s top priorities, and how we can go about improving these as a city.”

Click here to read Ferrero's complete essay.

Both winners will receive a $50 gift card and be recognized at the May 27 City Council meeting.

The two winning entries will advance to compete in a statewide contest sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association.

Winners from each category in the state competition will receive an Apple iPad Air tablet.

Winners will be notified in mid-June and attend the Oregon Mayors Association’s annual conference luncheon in Pendleton in August.

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