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New Mayor of This Valley City Is Just 24 Years Old

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First elected to the Lindsay City Council in 2020, Hipolito Angel Cerros is the town's new mayor at 24 years old. (GV Wire Composite/David Rodriguez)
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Hipolito Angel Cerros made news in 2020 by becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Lindsay City Council. Now he’s the Tulare County town’s new mayor.

Cerros, who graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s in science and technology, was selected as mayor by his fellow councilmembers at a Dec. 13 meeting.

He is 24 years old, making him the youngest mayor in Lindsay’s history. The town, which bills itself as “The Friendly City,” was incorporated in 1910. Lindsay’s population is 13,463, according to the 2020 U.S. census.

Cerros succeeded Ramona Caudillo as mayor, which in Lindsay is a largely ceremonial position. At the meeting, he praised Caudillo and said she left him “really big shoes to fill.”

‘Humbled’ by Council’s Support

“I am humbled to receive the unanimous support from my colleagues on the City Council,” Cerros said in a post on his LinkedIn account. “I recognize that the pressing issues that impact my community are tough, but I am confident in my ability to lead and our City Council’s ability to work together.

“I believe my experiences interning at the California State Senate and at the United States Conference of Mayors have prepared me to better succeed in this new role.

“Lastly, I hope to proudly represent my #generationz, youths looking to become civically engaged, and my Latino people as one of California’s youngest Mayors!”

Cerros was born and raised in Lindsay. He interned for state Sen. Melissa Hurtado.

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email