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Local elections 2024 – results. The youngest local government officials, 18-year-old councilors, 25-year-old mayor

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Over six thousand people under 25 years of age ran as candidates in the last local government elections. Many of them, who are representatives of Generation Z, the so-called Gen-Z, successfully. There were many 18-year-olds among the newly elected councilors, and the youngest mayor was a 25-year-old.

In Sunday's local elections over 189,000 candidates took part. Among them, 3.22 percent were people up to 25 years of age, of which there were a total of over 6.1 thousand. These are representatives of the youngest generation of Poles with voting rights – Generation Z, also known as Gen-Z, i.e. people born between 1995 and 2012.

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Gen-Z in local governments

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Many of them completed their first local government run successfully. The new mayor of the Zębowice commune in Olesno County, part of the Opole Voivodeship, will be 25-year-old Patryk Swoboda. He was one of 14 candidates for the office of commune, mayor or city president who was no more than 25 years old. Thanks to 687 votes, which translated into 54.78 support, the 25-year-old won in the first round.

He may soon be joined by another 25-year-old, Grzegorz Krysiak, who won 37.86 percent of the votes in the Ceranów commune (Sokołowsko poviat) and thus entered the second round of elections with the best result. On April 21, he will fight the current mayor of this commune, 47-year-old Ewa Partiak.

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Local elections 2024 – results

Two candidates under 25 years of age also achieved success in the fight for seats in provincial assemblies. The youngest person to win a seat was 22-year-old Marcel Kałużny from Chełmża. Thanks to the votes of 8,522 voters, he will sit in the assembly of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.

In turn, 25-year-old Łukasz Lach from Ząbkowice Śląskie, who gained the support of 8,125 voters in the elections, will sit in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship Assembly. In recent years, he has worked at the Marshal's Office of this voivodeship.

Young people in local governments

There were also young people up to 25 years of age among the newly elected councilors. For example, 18-year-old Michał Tyrawski from Człuchów became a councilor in the Człuchów district. His peers – Maciej Pomorski and Jakub Godun – managed to win seats as councilors of the Wiązowna and Siemiatycze communes.

Young people also joined local governments in larger cities. This happened, among others, in Łódź, where 19-year-old Maja Włodarczyk was elected to the City Council by winning almost three thousand votes. A similar success was achieved in Wrocław by 20-year-old Jakub Janas, and in Kraków by 24-year-old Aleksandra Kot.

Generation Z will also be present on Warsaw's district councils. The newly minted city councilors will include: 19-year-old Julia Klimkiewicz in Warsaw's Śródmieście district, 19-year-old Aleksandra Więckowska in Ursus and 19-year-old Mikołaj Ojrzanowski in Bemowo.

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Main photo source: X/@m_tyrawski, @PomorskiMaciej, @_olakot; Instagram/@klimkiewicz_julia

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