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The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) represents Oklahoma cities and towns working together for their mutual benefit. The OML acts as a central clearinghouse for information and services for its member municipalities.  

If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

"If I Were Mayor..." Essay Contest

The Mayors' Council of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal League invite 8th graders from home schools, public schools and private schools throughout Oklahoma to participate in a statewide essay contest, “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” to tell others what they would do as mayor to make their city or town a better place to live.

Promoting good city government is important to Oklahoma municipalities and this essay contest provides students the opportunity to reflect on the role of the key elected official in their own community.

Our future mayors are in the classrooms of today. The education they receive today will help them to become good citizens tomorrow — and good mayors. The contest gives students a chance to creatively use cognitive and grade-specific language arts skills and civics/social studies language.

Entries will be judged based upon originality and appropriateness to the theme: What the writer would try to accomplish as mayor of his or her city or town and what he or she would do to make it happen. Essays must display an understanding of the mayor’s position. Spelling, grammar and legibility also will be considered by the judges. Three finalists will be chosen from the contest entries.

  • 1st Place – $250

  • 2nd Place – $150

  • 3rd Place – $100

Be creative with your ideas!

• The contest is open to all Oklahoma eighth-grade students. The winning essays will be selected by a committee of MCO member mayors on criteria including an understanding of municipal government, the role of the mayor, and proper use of grammar and spelling. The essay is limited to 250 words or less (preferably one page) and must include; student’s full name, school name, teacher or parent if home schooled and contact information.
• Essays must address the subject with the opening line beginning: “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...”
• Only one essay may be submitted per student.
• Essays will be judged in the following areas:
1. Must display knowledge about municipal government and the role of a mayor,
2. Must display creativity and proper use of grammar.
• Students must include their first and last names, school and teacher or parent’s name at the top of their essays.
• Deadline for essays is normally no later than mid-December.  

The entries must be submitted by December 14, 2018, and contest winners will be notified by January 3. Winners will be presented with a certificate and cash prize awarded during the Congress of Mayors at the Oklahoma State Capitol January 25, 2019. 

To enter, complete entry form and attach to your one-page essay. The student’s name, teacher or parent’s name and school must appear at the top of the essay.

Please see the Contest Brochure for more information.