Age no bar­rier for mil­lenial can­di­date

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

A MIL­LEN­NIAL set to con­tend for a City of Ned­lands coun­cil po­si­tion says it was a “gut feel­ing” that told him it was the right time to chal­lenge.

Jor­dan Kes­tel will be aim­ing to win deputy mayor Bill Has­sell’s Dalkeith ward seat when lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions are held in Oc­to­ber.

De­spite Mr Kes­tel only be­ing in his early 20s, he is con­fi­dent he is up to the job.

“There’s never a per­fect time to an­nounce a can­di­dacy. It’s a big move,” he said.

“We’re see­ing younger peo­ple take the man­tle, younger peo­ple putting their hands up.

“I had a gut feel­ing now was the time to give it a crack.”

Mr Kes­tel said he would re­veal his age if called on by a Ned­lands ratepayer dur­ing the run-up to de­ci­sion day.

“I don’t want age to be­come a fac­tor in the cam­paign,” he said.

“I’m here to rep­re­sent ev­ery age group, not one spe­cific de­mo­graphic.”

Mr Kes­tel is a mem­ber of the Lib­eral Party and was a min­is­te­rial staffer dur­ing the state elec­tion loss for the party in March.

He said he was not run­ning un­der the state party’s ban­ner and would pick is­sues to an­chor his cam­paign when he re­ceived fur­ther feed­back from the com­mu­nity about what was im­por­tant to them.

Three months out from the elec­tion, he said he is here “to lis­ten and be open-minded”.

“There’s a ten­dency I’m find­ing in a lot of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas where there are knee-jerk re­ac­tions with­out con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I don’t be­lieve coun­cil­lors should sim­ply be elected and then have a man­date to in­tro­duce poli­cies.

“It’s more about lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity and what’s in their best in­ter­ests.”

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