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Kang declares candidacy for Kamloops-Thompson trustee in October civic election

Jo Kang, 24, wants to bring a youthful presence to the board of education
Jo Kang school trustee candidate
Jo Kang

A non-incumbent school trustee candidate has emerged ahead of the October civic election.

Jo Kang, 24, said he attended schools in the Kamloops-Thompson district from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and wants to bring a youthful presence to the board of education.

If elected as school trustee in October, Kang said his top priority will be to help further ease students out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My number one priority would be coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and jumpstarting things — getting things, hopefully, back to normal without restrictions," he said, noting sports and group activities being hindered by restrictions over the past two years.

Kang said his other top priorities include boosting Indigenous graduation rates and assessing the district's budgetary needs and spending.

"I want to look at the budget, understand where money is going and, hopefully, realize that all of this money is being used correctly and in the right places," he said.

Although Kang did not mention anything specific within the budget, he said he would like to go in with reform in mind.

"I would like, going forward, to make some drastic changes and ruffle some feathers and actually do some changes on the school board that are well needed," he said.

Kang said he has been working in the public service since graduating from high school. He worked as one of the city’s first community services officers in Kamloops and, for the past eight months, has worked as a service co-ordinator for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. He also worked as a library assistant at the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a diploma in police and justice studies.

He said he also took part in school sports, including volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Kang can be reached by email at jodhbirkang@gmail.com.