19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

May 16, 2008 -

Although we know that John Tyler Hammons is a gamer, we're not sure which console he favors.

He seems to be an expert at the political game, however. As the Associated Press reports, The 19-year-old University of Oklahoma freshman, a political science major, was elected mayor of Muskogee, a city of 38,000. He will be sworn in to the unpaid position next week.

Hammons, who drubbed a 70-year-old challenger, wants to create an ethics commission and set up a campaign finance reporting system. From the AP report:

His ambition doesn't stop him from enjoying the typical diversions of a 19-year-old: video games, movies, fast cars and rock 'n' roll. As for dating, the skinny, baby-faced Hammons said he's waiting to see what kind of offers come his way.

Local cafe owner Gary Armstrong said:

He doesn't have the baggage. He doesn't owe anybody anything. It's sort of a fresh start for Muskogee.


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Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT!!!!!!!!!!! OKC

 

2828 NW 30TH

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

HALO 3, MADDEN 08, GEARS OF WAR ETC!!! ALL GAMES ALL SYSTEMS!

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I want to know this guy's gamertag, apparently he's a fan of Halo 3 according to a few interviews. I'd like to see how good he is.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

hes hot 

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I don't care if hes young or a gamer, I only care if he is responsible, he must be mature for his age to be able to be elected

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

He should help promote our LAN CENTER myspace.com/okclancenter

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Is that Chris Noth?

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

That is great. I just hope he is a good mayor. the fact it is unpayed means he is serious. If he gets a place to live in I hope he puts in a skate ramp and a rockband theatre. really make it X-TREME! isn't that what gen Y do?

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I would have voted for him just for saying this:

"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."

E. Zachary Knight
www.editorialgames.com

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Freshman in poly sci and already mayor, huh?

 

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Damn, he's very young. He's probably very sneaky to have taken the seat at the age of 19 or just really crooked at the game of politics. In any case, I hope he makes the place prosper >_>

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

From: Fake Jake Thompson, Esq. And Gadfly.

To: Chief Judge Fred Moreno

RE: 13th Floor

Dear Judge Moreno:

Perhaps you remember me from 60 minutes, or C-Span, or my near miss run against Janet Reno in the 1980's. She actually smacked me, for which I had a criminal investigation conducted. My right shoulder has never been the same since. Anyway, I digress.

It has come to my attention that the new federal courthouse has 13 floors. I hereby demand you either add or subtract one floor for the following reasons:

1) The number 13 is the sign of satan.

2) Several bad things happen on the 13th floor of different buildings in the new video game grand theft autoIV, including simulated oral sex, simulated anal sex, simulated vaginal sex, and simulated pool. Young children should not be exposed to billards before the age of 18, according to several reliable psychological studies.

I demand that you fix the building or I shall see you in court, and NOT on the 13th floor. The ball is in your court- fix it now, or pay later. Either way, this should be fun.

Sincerely,

Fake Jake Thompson, Esq., and Gadfly. (you will note that Jake Thompson has 12 letters, and with good reason I may add. But "federal courts" have 13 letters and that is a very bad sign for you.)
FKT, E&G.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I loled

He's kind of cute ^_^ XD

That's cool.  This seems like it would break a record, like, "youngest mayor of an Oklahoma town" or something.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Why do i get goose bumps whenever a politician says "Ethics" and commitee only makes it worse! >,<

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I'm just happy to see a young guy in office. It proves we're getting some attention.

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I know this isn't the place for the kind of research i'd like, but I would like to know more about the issues he ran on. He may be a gamer, but i'm sure that didn't get him elected with all the old folks.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

He ran on a platform of open government and change. Kind of like a mini Obama. Basically, the town had no idea what the previous mayor was doing and he wasn't talking with anyone.

One of the first things he plans to do when he is sworn in is forming an Ethics Committee and negociating with the Muskogee Firefighters Union for better wages.

E. Zachary Knight
www.editorialgames.com

 

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

The "Change" platform really is the new "OMG, DO YOU WANT GAYZ TO MARRIE!?!? THAT BE GROSSE!!!"

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I live in Oklahoma City, so I am sure I will be hearing about this more and more.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I definitely think this echos what you're about to see all across the United States.  People are fed up with the "old guard" and want representatives that truly represent the values and needs of the people.  I hope he does a great job for that city!  Power to the gamers!
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

First act of duty:  Lower drinking age.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Haha, Seconded.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Unpaid position? How's the new mayor gonna afford all the upcoming new releases?

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

You-know-who is probably in the fetal position trying to find his happy place right now.

That was sarcasm, if you're reading this, You-know-who. We know you're not THAT bent. Maybe.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

LoL, is this sarcasm?  >.>

WE LOVE YOU-KNOW-WHO!

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

WE LOVE LORD VOLDEMORT!!!

 

...or Jack Thompson.

Heh

This is only the beginning, soon all politicians will be replaced by young tech savvy people like this guy.

Re: Heh

It's starting to happen! Bind the generation rift. Down with ageism!

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Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

@cppcrusader - You should meet up with this guy for some Halo+Hookers.  Political scandal, always a winner!

We've all said it before: "One day, our generation (the gamers) will be running things."  I know he isn't the first gamer to be elected as an official.  However, I hope his youth and gamer habits scare the shit out of the "Olde Guard," making them realize their time is nearly at an end.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Whoa!  Now this is an odd coincidence.  I'll be in Muskogee next week on a business trip.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Care to meet up some time? I live in OK.

Of Course I live in SW of OKC

E. Zachary Knight
www.editorialgames.com

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I'd be up for meeting up, but I don't know that I'll have the time.  It's going to be a pretty quick trip, flying out tomorrow, spending a couple days out at Camp Gruber and then coming back.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

OMG, I am moving, lol

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

And so the take over begins, first with the towns, then the states, then the nations, then the world. MUWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA *cough cough*

 

Finally one of our own people in office, its about time.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I know its the wrong issue, but what in the world passes for baby face these days? haha
but its cool he won :)

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Certainly not him. He looks far more Alpha Beta Phi...

Though maybe when you apply "baby face" to the world of politics, what they're really saying is that his face doesn't look like it's melting off, or "he doesn't have a hooker stuck in his gums."

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I heard about this a few days ago...first thing that came to my mind was, "Is he a gamer?"

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I know this mayor will not try to ban video games from his town.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Are you SURE? He might be a rabid PS3 fanboy & try to ban the Wii & the 360

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I'm more of a PC guy, so yeah, no worries.

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

I live near muskogee xD

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

To quote Blackadder:

Pitt the younger: I intend to put my own brother up as a candidate against you.

Blackadder: And which Pitt would this be? Pitt the Toddler? Pitt the Embryo? Pitt the glint in the milkman's eye?

Re: 19-year-old Gamer Elected Mayor of Oklahoma Town

Brilliant sketch that, and very fitting.
 
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