22-year-old becomes youngest mayor in O.C., probably the state
He’s also -– at the ripe age of 22 -– the youngest mayor in Orange County, and perhaps the state, the Orange County Register is reporting.
Yamaguchi was named mayor of Placentia last week, the youngest person to hold the post in the city’s 85-year history. He was elected to the council when he was 19, serving alongside council members who'd known him since he was in grade school. He was the top vote-getter in that election.
And now he’s kid mayor.
"It's record-setting, and uplifting in addition to being an honor," Yamaguchi told the Register. "But it's the same job if you're 70 or you're 22."
Connie Underhill, a City Council member since 1996, agrees. She’s in her 60s and has twice served as mayor but she had no problem voting to name Yamaguchi the city’s political leader.
"He tries very hard to be well informed and seek out information to make up for his lack of practical experience," she said. "He's done pretty well with that."
Still, before Yamaguchi gets too swept up in the power of the office, there’s a bit of reality to attend to.
He’ll taking his last exam Friday before earning his political science degree from Cal State Fullerton.
-- Steve Marble
Photo: Jeremy Yamaguchi in 2009. Credit: Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times