After a long and contentious election campaign, Acadia student Oliver Jacob has been elected as a Councillor in the Township of McNab/Braeside for the upcoming term (2018-2022) alongside Councillors Heather Lang and Scott Brum, Deputy Mayor Brian Armsden and Mayor Tom Peckett.
Elected at the age of 20, Jacob has become one of the youngest Municipal Councillors in the history of McNab/Braeside and one of the youngest municipal politicians in Ontario today.
Running on a platform of positive politics and building a better community, Jacob was elected with 1212 votes with an estimated turnout of 42%. His election platform included an primary emphasis on community engagement through the implementation of a Community Engagement Strategy and the addition of a Community Development Officer to the staff roster.
“This election has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life” said Jacob, “There is no doubt that the next four years will be a challenge; however, it will also be our greatest opportunity to build the stronger McNab/Braeside community that we all deserve – together”.
Jacob previously served as a Member of the Ontario Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC), the inaugural Co-Chair of the Renfrew County Youth Network, and the 2017/2018 Chairperson of the Acadia Students’ Union.
Jacob will take office on December 1st, 2018 and will serve until November 15th, 2022.
Colin Mitchell is a fourth year (Honours) Politics student and Editor in Chief of The Athenaeum.