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Lompoc mayor gives kid ‘mayor for a day’ a tour around the city

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 13, 2019

A Lompoc 5th grader got a chance to see what it’s like to be mayor.

Eleven-year-old ZyEkiel Langston won the “Mayor for a Day” prize through a silent auction at the Manzanita Public Charter School’s Winter Wonderland fundraiser.

On Wednesday, Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne took ZyEkiel under her wing and gave him a tour of city hall and other city facilities, including the library, police department, and wastewater treatment facility. She also treated him to lunch at Sissy’s Uptown Café.

“I’m really excited to be able to share with him all of the quote, unquote ‘perks’ of being the mayor,” Osborne said.

“I think I want to be a mayor when I grow up, or a chef,” ZyEkiel said. “But yeah, I like being mayor, like exploring around town, get keys to everything.”

This is the first time a kid has been “Mayor for a Day” in Lompoc.

ZyEkiel Langston, 11, shadowed Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne as “Mayor for a Day.” (KSBY photo)