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Boy, 17, running for Elkhart mayor

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) – A 17-year-old boy who has entered Elkhart’s mayoral race says he may be young but he’s a strong leader who wants to “revitalize the fun-loving community.”

Caleb Owens formally filed last week to run for mayor as a Democrat in the northern Indiana city. He will face two-term incumbent Dick Moore in the May Democratic primary. Two Republicans also are running for mayor.

Owens is an Indiana Army National Guard member and a music minister at an Elkhart church. The Concord High School senior lives with his grandparents. He leaves for basic training as a National Guard member in July.

Owens tells The Elkhart Truth that if elected mayor he’d work with city council, community churches, city government and residents.