LO­GAN MCLEL­LAN

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Though he’s al­ways had a keen in­ter­est in the po­lit­i­cal process, Lo­gan McLel­lan never imag­ined he’d be run­ning for mem­ber of Par­lia­ment at 26 years old.

McLel­lan, a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor by trade, said he spent about a year con­sid­er­ing get­ting in­volved in pol­i­tics be­fore fi­nally de­cid­ing to go for it last Oc­to­ber, and he said it was ac­tu­ally his back­ground in fi­nance that in­spired his de­ci­sion.

As a young per­son liv­ing in P.E.I., McLel­lan said he sees first-hand the need for good-pay­ing jobs in the re­gion.

“I was see­ing a lot of is­sues across the board from that side of things, the cost of liv­ing and dif­fer­ent as­pects of life for re­ally af­fect­ing the every­day in­di­vid­ual in my rid­ing,” he said. “Rather than just com­plain­ing about it, I de­cided that I should step up and be a part of some of the so­lu­tions.”

McLel­lan, whose elec­tion team is com­prised mostly of peo­ple un­der 30, said younger peo­ple en­gage dif­fer­ently in the po­lit­i­cal process than their older coun­ter­parts, with so­cial me­dia be­ing a cru­cial part of that. He said it’s im­por­tant for politi­cians to un­der­stand how to com­mu­ni­cate with their younger con­stituents in a way that reaches them.

“As a mil­len­nial and with gen Z as the next gen­er­a­tion, gen­er­ally they vote ev­ery sin­gle day on so­cial me­dia -- that's whether they like a photo, com­ment on a post, or ig­nore a post,” he said. “So if we can trans­late that over the po­lit­i­cal process I think we'd be far­ther ahead than we are right now.”

— An­drea Gunn

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