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VIDEO: Federal Liberal sets sights on municipal politics

Amarit Brar is just 26, but doesn't see that as a weakness as she campaigns for a spot on Kelowna city council.

Brar said youth is exactly what is needed around the council table, and she believes a youth movement could work in her favour.

"Typically, you see that young people are apathetic towards voting," said Brar, "but I think that is about to change here."

And she said council would greatly benefit from some younger voices.

"If there's a young person on council that might change the conversation and change the narrative," added Brar.

"I think it's time for a new, fresh voice at the council and I will be that person."

Brar went to school at Okanagan College and has lots of connections at UBCO as well, so she expects to build her campaign from that youthful demographic.

With more and more public discourse taking place on social media, Brar also believes that is an advantage for the young.

"There is an advantage. Social media will be a huge thing," she said.

Still, she expects to have to put in a lot of work the old-fashioned way.

"At the end of the day, you've got to go out and door knock anyways and get those votes," she said.

"So I'll be relying a little bit on social media, but mostly on door knocking and connecting with people that way."

Brar believes the different neighbourhoods that make up the sprawling city of Kelowna would be better represented through a ward system, where people vote for candidates who live where they do.

"People need to know who their representatives are and have a better say at the table that way."

To check out all of the candidates, visit KelownaVotes 2022.

Election day is October 15.



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