19 years old mayor of Oklahoma town

A University of Oklahoma freshman trounced 70 year-old Hershel McBride to become the mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma, making it the first city in the nation to be governed by a self-admitted gamer. Like most of the teenagers John Tyler Hammons, 19, digs rock music, fast cars, video games and rock ‘n’ roll.

Hammons is moving out of a dorm and back in with his parents as he prepares to be sworn in next week as mayor of this 38,000-person eastern Oklahoma city Muskogee.

“Politics stop at the door,” Hammons said. “If someone wants to talk politics, I will literally leave the office and leave the building if I have to. In this office, it needs to be Muskogee-oriented.”

He is aiming to become the governor of Oklahoma one day. (News and photo)

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