TAMAQUA - A Tamaqua mayoral candidate who isn't old enough to drink has the inside track to be the borough's new leader come November.
Nathan Gerace works the register for Boyer's Grocery store in Tamaqua and it’s clear the 19-year-old knows how to work the crowds.
"How's it going buddy," he says to one customer, "Thank you. Would you like a bag?," he says to another.
That boyish charm could serve him well for what could be his next job as borough mayor.
"It will be different but I'm confident I can make the right decision and I can deal with people in a positive way," Gerace said.
On Tuesday the teen beat out two others and won the Republican primary for mayor with 226 votes.
On the primary win Gerace said he’s been getting lots of compliments.
"A lot more congratulations, good for you’s, it's been very positive, not a lot of negative," he said.
Gerace is currently running unopposed in November, a far cry from last year when he graduated from Tamaqua High School.
He wasn't on student council, because as he told 69 News, he was too busy working after class.
Gerace said the biggest issue facing Tamaqua is cleaning up the city.
He thinks more people need to get involved so parents can feel safe when their kids go down to the park.
In terms of economic development, Gerace says the developing tool called the CRIZ (City Revitalization and Improvement Zone) should help bring in more business.
If he wins, Gerace says a position as borough mayor might be a step to something much larger in the future.
"You don't go from mayor to president but, hopefully one day, I'll be up in the Oval Office," Gerace mused.
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