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Allot a seat on the City Council for a High School Representative!
  • Petitioned Mayor Costas

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor Costas
City Hall Employees/Officials
The City Government of Valparaiso, IN

Allot a seat on the City Council for a High School Representative!

    1. A G
    2. Petition by

      A G

      Valparaiso, IN

The Valparaiso Indiana City Council has yet to have a teenaged representative to share the unique perspectives, viewpoints and opinions of the teenaged and young adult population of the city. In times where the education, lifestyle and political activism of teenagers is under growing attention, it is the time to step forward.

By allowing a teenaged representative (to be replaced yearly) on the City Council, the Council will receive opinions and viewpoints from a group of widely ignored citizens, who will eventually inherit the town and Council they are currently excluded from making decisions with. With this petition, we plan to present our case to Mayor Costas and the City Council with the following requests: 

     1) We request that one (1) spot be alloted on the City Council specifically for a local high school student, aged 18 or older. 

     2) We request that this Council member be granted equal speaking and voting rights to the other Councilmen.

     3) We request that this Council member be elected by the Council itself, to be done yearly. 

     4) We request the criterion for being a candidate for this office be as follows:

          -3.0 GPA

          - Clean background check

          - Be a resident of Valparaiso, IN.

          - Be an enrolled student at a local high school.

          - Be at least 18 years of age.

     5) While the Council Member will not be paid, we request reimbursement for gas costs (at a rate of .30 per mile) and full travel/expenses reimbursement for travel mandated by the position.

Tell the Valparaiso Indiana City Council to give teenagers and other young adults their voice in City Government! Assign a high school student to the City Council!

Recent signatures


    1. We've reached 75 signatures, but we still have a ways to go!

      A G
      by A G
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached 75 signatures on our ongoing fight to reach equal political representation within our local government. With signatures in CT, AZ, PA and all over Indiana, we're a wide-spread influence. However, we have a long ways to go. Share this with your friends, ANYONE you think would appreciate our goals!

      Thank you so much,

    2. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Curtis Ellis VALPARAISO, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      I signed because I concur that youth should be more active and involved in their government. BUT, to do so, they must also educate themselves on the issues, laws, and powers of the government. The petition, while certainly well intended, fails to understand that the Valparaiso City Council has no legal authority to do what is requested. The make-up of a city or town council is dictated by Indiana Code 36-4-6, and can only be modified by the Indiana legislature.

    • Robert Cramer SOUTH BEND, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      The culture is constantly growing and evolving and this is one thing that must be accounted for in this current state. Teenagers are able to think on their own and thus deserve to have a say if they can be chosen to share theirs.


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