Political protege aims to beat his mentor Ward’s record

STANDING: Paul Ell.A CANDIDATE for Shoalhaven City Council is hoping endorsement from Kiama MP and outgoing councilor Gareth Ward will help him win a position.The 2011 Shoalhaven Young Citizen of the Year, Paul Ell, has announced plans to stand for ward one at the September election, with backing from Mr Ward.If successful at the election Mr Ell will become Shoalhaven’s youngest councilor ever at 21, beating Mr Ward’s record of being elected at the age of 22.“I’m standing because I want the next council to be focused on delivering future jobs and growth for our city, as well as high quality infrastructure,” Mr Ell said.“As a local young person who has decided to stay local instead of move away for study or work, I understand the challenges young people face in trying to find stable employment and accommodation in the Shoalhaven.“If elected, I would be very keen to work with the other councillors and the broader community to try and tackle problems such as unemployment, as well as crime and antisocial behaviour involving young people.”The commerce and law student at Wollongong University said the election was about more than the next four years.“The next council term presents an enormous opportunity to deliver on key projects like the CBD revitalisation master plan, riverfront development and the provision of high quality state of the art sporting facilities, which the current council has already facilitated the planning process for,” he said.The candidate received strong endorsement from Mr Ward, with whom he works.“Having got to know Paul Ell over the last five years or so, I have come to know a young man who is incredibly passionate about our local community,” Mr Ward said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.