KAMLOOPS VOTES: Shaw cables into race representing youth
He is among the youngest candidates in the Nov. 19 civic election, but it hasn’t stopped a local realtor from seeking a seat on council.
Brendan Shaw, a 23-year-old manager of Royal Lepage Kamloops, decided to run to represent the younger generation in the city.
“Our age bracket is maybe not completely represented the way it should be,” he said.
If elected, Shaw wants to focus on economic, social and environmental responsibilities for future generations.
“I really want to make a difference politically in town,” he said, adding he’s been an avid volunteer for a number of community causes since childhood.
Shaw said job creation is a big issue, noting Kamloops needs more businesses to come to town.
However, he credited work by Venture Kamloops to attract employers to the city.
Shaw weighed in on two issues dominating the election campaign — a planned Lorne Street parkade and the proposed Ajax mine south of Aberdeen.
He said he would prefer the city look for a better alternative for a downtown parkade and suggested the city consider a private-public partnership to build the structure.
As for the mine, he said it’s too early in the environmental-review process to take a stance on the project.
Twenty-four people are running for councillor position: Nancy Bepple, Dino Bernardo, Donovan Cavers, Ken Christian, John De Cicco, Nelly Dever, Aaron Duczak, Bryce Eberle, Tina Lange, Ayren Messmer, Chad Moats, John Noakes, Ray Nyuli, Chris Ortner, Dennis Paget, Andy Philpot, Greg Power, Brenda Prevost, Peter Sharp, Brendan Shaw, Donna Shedeger, Arjun Singh, Marg Spina and Pat Wallace.