ECU student could be youngest mayor ever elected in North Carolina

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An East Carolina University student is believed to be the youngest mayor ever elected in our state.

Trey Lewis, who is 23-years-old, was elected mayor of the Edgecombe County town of Macclesfield on Tuesday.

Lewis defeated 15-year incumbent Mayor Mike Keel by a 78 to 53 margin.

The married ECU senior works part-time as a veterinary assistant and plans to graduate with a degree in political science in the spring.

Lewis spent several months earlier this year interning with U.S. Senator Richard Burr in Washington, DC before being hired as a staff assistant. He says he wanted to return to his hometown and seek a leadership position because he believes too many young people are leaving small communities which leads to their decline.

"I'd like to have more interest in the town board meetings," said Lewis. "Have more people attend those and hold the town government more accountable and just spark more interest and get people involved in the town government"

Macclesfield has a population of 465 people.

Lewis says he hopes to run for Congress someday.