PHILLIPS (WAOW) -- In just a few weeks 18-year-old Travis Nez will fill a seat in the Price County board room. On Tuesday, Nez became the youngest member ever of the Price County Board.
"The first town came in and I thought, oh I can win this thing," Nez says after a stressful election night.
The Phillips High School senior beat well-known local businessman, John Reardon, by 94 votes.
"I congratulate him. He is a very energetic kid and a good young guy," Reardon says.
But, this match up was unusual. Reardon has known Nez for years. And actually mentored him in politics and business.
"I was one of a few of my friends that took him under our wing and gave him advice on college curriculum," Reardon said.
He also says he's happy for Nez, but disappointed in his loss. He's also concerned about a teenager handling important issues.
"It's a significant budget," Reardon explains. "It's decisions about millions of dollars in expenditures."
But Nez says he's up for it.
"I have a tight schedule now and some things will have to stop. But, this is my priority."
And his parents, who were skeptical at first, believe in their son.
"They look at things now and can solve a problem we've had for years just by having a younger look at it," Nate Nez, Travis's father said.
Nez will be sworn in April 17th. He graduates high school a month later, and begins college this fall. A heavy load, for anyone.
"I hope he's able to juggle all the responsibility," Reardon says.
But, Nez says it's a load he is prepared to carry.
"I couldn't just sit back and watch it all go in the wrong direction. I'm ready."
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