8-year-old wants to be Overland Park's next mayor - KCTV5

8-year-old wants to be Overland Park's next mayor

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Overland Park's mayor has a challenger as a little girl says she can do the job better.

Gillian Glackin is on the campaign trail again. Last year she was city planner for a day in Warrensburg, MO. Now the 8-year-old wants to be the next mayor of Overland Park.

"I just thought it would be a fun job," she said.

Gillian began by sending a letter to city hall announcing her intention to run.

Even though she's a budding politician, Gillian already realizes that voters need to know what she stands for, so the platforms she's running on are:

  1. Planting more trees
  2. Putting more security cameras in schools
  3. Stopping bullying

Gillian's campaign manager is her mother and she's not surprised her daughter is setting her sights to high.

"She's a unique kid." Kim Glackin said. "She's got a political intensity. She's decided, since there wasn't an age minimum to be mayor, she wanted to be mayor."

Little Gillian hopes to inspire girls all around Overland Park.

"I really want more girls to pay more attention to science, technology, engineering and math," she said.

Since she's too young to drive a car, if Gillian wins, she plans on riding a horse to her new job.

Gillian has her sights set even higher than the mayor's office in Overland Park. Eventually she wants to be the president of the United States. Then, after that, she plans on starting her second career as a ninja.

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