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11-year-old named Honorary Mayor of Cumming
Charlie Westbrook
Charlie Westbrook, 11, was named honorary mayor of Cumming at a meeting on Tuesday, where Troy Brumblalow proclaimed the day, "Charlie Westbrook Day."

Mayor Troy Brumbalow had a little help bringing Tuesday’s Cumming City Council meeting to order. 

Charlie Westbrook, who celebrated his 11th birthday on Tuesday, banged the mayor’s gavel to start the meeting, helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance and had his own seat among elected officials at the meeting, where Brumbalow also issued a proclamation marking Aug. 18, 2020, as "Charlie Westbrook Day" in the city and named him honorary mayor. 

“We’ve got a very special guest with us, the honorary mayor Charlie Westbrook, so Charlie’s going to help us run the meeting today,” Brumbalow said.  

After with some discussion about pizza, the city’s Mater golf cart and why the mayor only votes on items to break a tie, Charlie passed out campaign stickers to members of the city council for his own political ambitions.

“Now, this is a real politician,” Brumbalow said after getting one of the stickers. “In the meeting, and this is ‘Charlie for President, Vote 2044,' so getting started early.” 

Charlie Westbrook
Charlie Westbrook, who celebrated his 11th birthday on Tuesday, banged the mayor’s gavel to start Tuesday's Cumming City Council meeting, helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance and had his own seat among elected officials at the meeting.

While reading the proclamation, Brumbalow also presented Charlie with own nameplate, similar to those used by the mayor and council, for his desk, which created one issue. 

“I don’t have a desk,” Charlie said. 

Charlie was joined by his parents, Elizabeth and Slade Westbrook, who have three older, biological children and four younger, adopted children, including Charlie.