Youth Representative will sit alongside Assembly members

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Youth Advisory Commission can now nominate a candidate to serve as a Youth Representative to the Anchorage Assembly.

On Tuesday night the majority of assembly members approved an ordinance, creating the position for a candidate between the ages of 16 and 18 for a term of three months to one year. Assembly members would vote to approve the commission’s nomination.

“Having a youth member on the city council would be just an amazing thing to have. You would have a whole new range of input. You would be able to see what decision will be affecting upcoming generations in the city,” said David Holmes, a Youth Commission Member.

The representative will sit next to assembly members, can be called upon for their input on proposals and indicate which way they would vote. Assembly members John Weddleton, Amy Demboski and Fred Dyson voted against the ordinance, saying youth can be directly involved in decision making with their community councils.

“They’ve been in existence since the municipality has formed. They are something I’ve been involved with for decades and I feel the work was very worthwhile and I feel community councils do very good things and that is our entry level to city government,” Weddleton said.

The Youth Representative will not attend executive sessions or quasi-judicial sessions.

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