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At just 18-years-old, Daniel Henry is a typical high school senior: Studying for math tests, writing English papers, and balancing the Lonsdale budget.

“I don’t think all the people in Lonsdale even know we have a town council,” Henry said. 

But the Garland County town of 118 does have a town council, and sitting right in the middle of Thursday night’s meeting is Dan–sworn in as an alderman on January 8th, after an appointment by Mayor Steven Snellback.

Dan, a senior at Benton High School, is the youngest person ever to serve on the Lonsdale council. He’s also one of the youngest to serve in America.

Dan says he’s learning the budget–nearly $60,000 for roads and city services–and he’s developing at least one vision for the town where he’s lived most of his life.

“A lot of people see me and say, ‘Hey Alderman Dan.’ Stuff like that. My math teacher, Coach Davis, calls me ‘Alder-Dan,’ he said.

Dan gets two years to enjoy the attention, because just like every politician, he has to run for re-election.

Read more and watch that story: Arkansan of the Week: Daniel Henry [KATV]

Photo: Flickr user Robert Pollack 

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Written by allpositivenews

02/15/2009 at 4:37 pm

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