A student at N.C. State University might be the youngest person elected to a Wake County office.
Jenna Wadsworth, 21, a senior at NCSU, was elected district supervisor for Wake County’s Soil and Water Conservation board last week.
“We cannot confirm if she is the youngest but we are pretty sure she is the youngest elected into office this election,” said Jennifer Bonchak, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Board of Elections.
Wadsworth claims she is not only the youngest person elected into office statewide this election but that she is also the youngest woman ever elected into office in North Carolina.
A person has to be at least 21 years old to run for office, said Don Wright, general counsel for the N.C. State Board of Elections.
Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton was also 21 when he was first elected into office.
He was a senior at UNC-CH when he was first elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council.
He said Wadsworth should be prepared for her peers on the board to not take her seriously.
“Her goal should be that she should prove them wrong and that she is serious about this,” Chilton said.