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Council could receive an infusion of youth

<p>A twenty-three-year-old retail store manager hopes to cast himself into the world of civic politics as he’s taking a run for one of two Ward 1 seats currently held by Coun. Karen Leibovici and Coun. Linda Sloan.</p>




Marc bence/for metro Edmonton


Twenty-three-year-old Andrew Knack submitted his papers to run for City Council in Ward 1.





When Andrew Knack was only 20, he had no idea who would be the right person to get his vote for Ward 1 in the last municipal election.





Now three years older, the retail store manager hopes to cast himself into the world of civic politics as he’s taking a run for one of two Ward 1 seats currently held by Coun. Karen Leibovici and Coun. Linda Sloan.





“When I voted, there really wasn’t any person that grabbed my attention because they have all been in city council for a long time,” said Knack.





“If things are going to change, then there is no better way than to run for council myself.”





Knack doesn’t consider his age a drawback in the upcoming campaign, since he already has a business degree from the University of Alberta and been politically involved with a number of organizations during his studies.





He does, however, expect some prospective voters will be surprised when he knocks on their doors.





“There was one councillor that I talked to last week where I didn’t reveal my age to him up front,” said Knack.





“When he found out my age, he immediately thought that I handled myself real well. I may be 23, but I am educated and I follow all levels of politics.





“As far as I’m concerned, my young age will be an advantage because people will want to see more young blood since they are not happy with the current city council.”


 
 
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