Lewisham’s eighth Young Mayor has been revealed as Kieran Lang, beating 18 other candidates.
The 15-year-old from Forest Hill School won after receiving 2,187 votes during the election on 12 October 2011.
After being elected, the new Young Mayor said: "I’m overwhelmed but extremely happy and excited. As mentioned in my manifesto, I am an example, not a stereotype, and will work on relationships between the young and old. Thank you to all my supporters, I’m going to do my best to make a change. I can’t wait.”
Chezney Speed-Skyers, 15, a student at Sedgehill School, was elected Deputy Young Mayor.
The election, held during Local Democracy Week, saw 8,076 youngsters voting, representing a turnout of 41.98 per cent.
Kieran will be in office for one year and will have a budget of £30,000 to spend on priorities identified by young people.
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “One of the great things about being Mayor is working with a new Young Mayor each year. I’d like to thank our outgoing Young Mayor, Kieza, for his hard work, it has been a delight working with him.
“All the candidates are winners and make the whole election a success.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in this campaign, especially the candidates. It’s going to be a great year and I am looking forward to working with Kieran in the future.”
Departing Young Mayor, Kieza Silveira De Sousa, said before the winner was announced: “I remember this time last year and the nerves, all candidates deserve respect for putting themselves forward. I have learnt so much and will continue to work with the new Young Mayor in the future.
“I tried three times before being successful and it was worth it, whatever the winners choose to do, go for it, and draw on energy around you.
“Thank you to Sir Steve for setting up the Young Mayor scheme and congratulations to the new Young and Deputy Young Mayor, you’ve worked hard and the harder work begins now. Well done to all the candidates, I hope you stay involved to help represent the borough across the world. It’s a really good experience I won’t forget.”
Councillors from across the Council were at the ceremony to congratulate the new Young Mayor and his deputy, as was Helen Klier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.
The Young Mayor received 2,187 votes and the Deputy Young Mayor polled 1,286. Third place went to Valence Festus, 17, who attends Christ the King Sixth Form College with 757 votes and in fourth place was Humza Raja, 14 from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, with 536. Valence and Humza are elected to represent the London Borough of Lewisham at the UK Youth Parliament and will become advisors to the Young Mayor.