WOBURN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Woburn's upcoming mayoral race will have one candidate who gives new meaning to the term "youth vote."
"It is my first time able to vote, and it’s going to be for myself," 19-year-old Omar Mohuddin told WBZ NewsRadio Wednesday.
Mohuddin, a 2022 graduate of Woburn Memorial High School and first-year student at Northeastern University, has thrown his hat into the ring for Woburn mayor. Although it is still too early to officially file nomination papers for the mayoral election in November, the former high school class president is making his intentions known now.
In regards to his young age, Mohuddin sees it as a positive, rather than a negative.
"I can engage the youth," Mohuddin said. "I have a better understanding of what goes on within the school system, and I’m not juggling future priorities like raising a family in the midst of my career."
According to his campaign website, Mohuddin's priorities include investing in education and ensuring that educators are properly funded, supporting first responders, and beautifying the city with sustainable infrastructure projects and waste reduction.
As for balancing his duties as mayor with his education, Mohuddin told WBZ that at that point he would be in the Northeastern co-op program.
"I will be taking a co-op as the mayor, and that will be a good amount of time off, and while doing that I will only have about eight more classes remaining, so I’ll be able to finish up my degree," Mohuddin said.
Should the 19-year-old unseat longtime incumbent Scott Galvin from the mayoral seat, it would make him the youngest mayor in Massachusetts.
WBZ's Madison Rogers (@MadisonWBZ) reports.