Old enough to vote, old enough to be elected

By Taylor Hemness - email

The meeting room at Hideaway Lake Member Services Building is pretty small. After all, there are only six people on the city's board of aldermen. But on Tuesday, it was full of people, all waiting to see Philip Hayes sworn in to office.

Eighteen year old Philip Hayes became the youngest alderman in the city's brief history. But a couple of months ago when he told his parents about his intention to run, they were a little skeptical.

"I thought that it was too much too soon," said Janet Hayes. "And that he needed to finish school before he got distracted."

"I didn't think he would win, just because of where we live," said Ron Hayes. "It's an older community, and to trust all that to an 18 year old, I thought it was going to be tough for them."

But the voters came through for their son.

Philip won his election this weekend by almost 60 votes. He and his friends sat at the voting center that night until the results came in. Today, he offered an emotional thanks to all his supporters...even the ones from the classroom.

"I hope that the people in Hideaway don't think that they elected a basket case to the board of Alderman," Philip said, referencing his emotional remarks. "Just to have that many people here supporting you...that made me feel real good."

Philip Hayes will head to Dalls in the fall to attend SMU, but his dad says he'll make sure that he doesn't get too caught up in being a college student who's also an elected official.

"He'll still have to take the garbage out on Sunday nights, if he comes home."