NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -
"I'm asking you to come on a journey with me."
The message was simple for 18-year-old Patrick Reynolds. The political enthusiast has been elected as a town selectman. His term began April 1st, two months before his high school graduation.
"I think a lot of people are just set in their ways of: 'It's always been that way, let's keep it that way.' I'm kind of looking at it with fresh ideas and see if we can shake things up," Reynolds said.
He's already shaken up the campaign trail, using the Internet to reach the masses. He wanted to help the town grow its online presence as well, especially in how to get and renew permits. Along with that, he wanted town workers to go green.
"Things like using more electronic things like electronic leaf-blowers and using more fuel-efficient cars for our inspectors and things like that," he said.
The teenager is certainly a sign of the times in North Attleboro, with his family supporting him every step of the way.
"It wasn't just kids. There'd be people in the office, there'd be people at church, there'd be people at his little brother, Thomas' basketball and baseball games talking about Patrick's campaign and asking how it's going," said his father, Steve.
"It's been pretty cool having people - especially right after the election - congratulate me on Patrick and talk to me ababoutt. It's pretty exciting," said his brother, Thomas.
And an exciting year to come. Patrick will attend Providence College in the fall to study political science, but will remain a stalwart in North Attleboro's Town Hall.
"He'll be there for the next four years and he'll be able to come back to go to meetings and still be a part of our community. I think that's the most important thing," said Patrick's mother, Terese.