The 24-year-old is try­ing to be­come

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Say­ing that “it’s time to bring the frag­mented com­mu­ni­ties of our city to­gether,” 24-year-old Abubakar .han an­nounced he has submitted his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for this year’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in Oc­to­ber. If elected, .han would be 9an­cou­ver’s youngest-ever city coun­cil­lor. “More than any­thing, I’m ex­cited by what 9an­cou­ver could be,” said .han. “Our com­mu­ni­ties have so much to give each other: eth­nic lead­ers and aca­demics, tech in­no­va­tors and men­tal health ex­perts.” His goal is “tie them to­gether and give them the re­sources for a closer-knit, more nur­tur­ing 9an­cou­ver.” .han’s plat­form in­cludes sup­port for part­ner­ships be­tween the city and the tech com­mu­nity to solve lo­cal prob­lems, such as in­ef­fi­cien­cies in the Per­mit Of­fice process, which he says have slowed the growth of af­ford­able hous­ing. It also in­cludes sup­port for ex­panded provin­cial fi­nanc­ing of psy­chother­apy, drug de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion and af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, along with other mea­sures. He also hosts a pod­cast, “The Cho­sen .han,” on which he dis­cusses topics such as ad­dic­tion, home­less­ness, and men­tal health with 9an­cou­ver res­i­dents. “I love lis­ten­ing to peo­ple be­cause their in­sights into prob­lems are so dif­fer­ent. Hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, the tech scene, lone­li­ness and men­tal health,” he ex­plained. “We can find the so­lu­tions if we in­ter­act more with each other. And I think gov­ern­ment has to help us do that.” 9an­cou­verites head to the polls on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

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