If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

  • Since 2009, CML has offered the annual “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest, open to all 7th and 8th grade students across the state. Winners receive a certificate of achievement, $500 to establish a scholarship account with CollegeInvest, and are invited to attend the CML annual conference. This program is made possible in part by the sponsorship of COLOTRUST. 

    CML is proud to launch the 2014 "If I Were Mayor ... " essay contest, and we need your help to spread the word and encourage the seventh and eighth graders in your city or town to participate. We are excited to announce that the honorary chair for this year’s essay contest is Ken Salazar, who has had a long and distinguished career in public service in Colorado. His many accomplishments include the following: U.S. Interior Department Secretary for President Obama; Colorado United States Senator; Colorado Attorney General; head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources; and chief counsel to Governor Roy Romer. Now in its seventh year, this contest provides an opportunity for students to tell others how they would make their city or town the best place to live, if elected mayor. For more contest details, view the brochure.

    Promoting the contest: In 2012, Ophir Mayor Todd Rutledge, Mountain Village Mayor Jeffrey Kiddie, and Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser participated on a mayoral panel for 70 eighth-graders from Telluride High School. They discussed community action and citizen participation and involvement and encouraged students to enter the "If I Were Mayor ..." Essay Contest. Watch a video of the presentation.