20-year-old College of Charleston student running for Chapin mayor
CHAPIN, S.C. (WACH)- Shayla Flores is running for Chapin, SC mayor, and it's catching a lot of attention. At 20-years-old, the college student is fulfilling what she calls a life-long dream.
"We got incorporated as a town in 1975, and that's when we formed the mayor council form of government. Ever since then, it's not really looked like me but I'm hoping to change that," says Flores.
Friday night, she and her family invited the community to come meet her and hear her plans at Doza Rizen Cafe. Flores says her parents paved the way for her to want to help her town as a leader.
"Don't take her age as a discouragement. She might be young but she's got a lot of knowledge and her resume shows," says her father James Flores Jr.
Flores takes pride in her experience, campaigning for Congressman Joe Wilson and Senator Tim Scott. Like leaders she's observed, she hopes to put her visions into place.
"I wanna start working on plans to raise money for infrastructure. We're rapidly growing, and over the past few years it's become harder and harder. There's no reason there should be a backed up line on the interstate at 5 in the afternoon in a 2-stoplight town," says Flores.
To her, splitting time between campaigning and college is and advantage. She says other mayors have held full-time jobs, and college is hers. She says she'll be able to do her job fully while going to school because she'll learn how to do the job better.
"I might be young, but I'm not inexperienced...This is my home and if you want to take care of your people, you do it," says Flores.