The Nation: I Was a Teen-Age Mayor

As soon as Jody Smith assumed the mayoralty of Ayrshire, Iowa (pop. 300), three months ago, things began to, well, hop. The first thing he did was take $800 from the budget to spruce up the rundown town hall—including patching a wall at which, in a burst of boyish spirit, several of his Boy Scout troop had once thrown a fellow member. Toughly impartial, he recently fined his 17-year-old brother, Len, $24 for illegal possession of beer. He has spearheaded several long-needed reforms, such as jacking up the town speed limit from 10 m.p.h. to 25 m.p.h. and scrapping the ordinance...

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