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"If I Were Mayor" contest winner announced

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Abigail Radford stands outside of Estacada City Hall with Mayor Brent Dodrill. Radford won the citywide If I Were Mayor contest and will now compete in the statewide competition.If the idea of lemonade water fountains and affordable housing appeals to you, you'll be pleased with the platform of the winner of Estacada's “If I Were Mayor” contest.

Abigail Radford, a home schooled fourth-grade student who won the contest, submitted a poster on which she said she would try to create more jobs, ensure every house was earthquake proof, provide affordable housing so no one would be homeless, reduce pollution and littering, organize a citywide party for every holiday and create lemonade drinking fountains in the city.

The annual competition, sponsored by the Oregon Mayor’s Association, encourages students in grades 4-12 to share their creative ideas about what they would do as the leader of their city.

Radford, who was the only student to enter Estacada's citywide contest, will now compete in the statewide competition. The winners of the second competition will be announced later this summer.

Estacada’s mayor Brent Dodrill thought one of the most valuable parts of Radford’s response was her plan to eradicate homelessness.

“(Her response) showed concern and awareness,” he said. “Homelessness is an issue we have in every community.”

Dodrill praised the contest for making students think about how to have a positive impact on their community.

“Serving as mayor is a great way to make the place you call home better for everyone,” he said.

Radford thinks a different form of public service may be in her future.

“I want to be a spy,” she said.

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