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Hope for a brighter future

By Roldan Sevillano

This article is a little different from my otherwise philosophical rants on life and living. As you may already know, I am a Liberal candidate in the upcoming provincial election on October 4th. I am 26 years old and I am running for the position of Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the riding of Tyndall Park.

I would like to share with you why I am running and what it means to me to have my name on a ballot. Far beyond being a political candidate, you become an instant representative to your friends, family and community. On a personal level, everything you stand for and everything you believe in becomes challenged by left wing and right wing ideologies. You must always be on your feet, always discerning what the right answer is, always careful that what you say is a true reflection of who you are. All of this takes place on a daily basis.

Jumping into politics, I thought my greatest challenge was winning, I was wrong. In politics, everyone gets their fair share of wins and losses. I realized that my greatest challenge lies in how I could change “the system” without having to change who I am. This all leads to why I have chosen to run.

My parents brought us to Canada in search of a better life. For the past twenty years, they worked honest jobs to support us. It is the hope of all parents to raise their children to be caring, successful and independent people. It is the hope of all children to make their parents and community proud. It is the hope of every good person to build compassionate societies understanding of the needs of everyday people.

These are my reasons. By choosing hope over mediocrity you open yourself to an exciting, challenging and humble life of service. You have to be tough enough to take the blows but sensitive enough to exercise compassion. You have to be firm enough to get your views heard but humble enough to keep an open mind. It’s a life of disclosure, what you do and what you say is listened to and watched by many people, not all of them friendly.

Being a politician is not for everyone but it’s certainly open to everyone. When I meet people at the doors and tell them I’m a 26-year-old candidate, often their first response is, “You’re too young!” However, after I share some of my ideas and the importance of getting younger people involved, it brings to them a renewed sense of hope in young people’s ability to play a major role in how their future will be shaped. I believe in the same way that our province is made up of many people, young and old, our legislatures should be reflective of these demographics.

In closing, I would like to say that whether it was serving with Manitoba’s youth, seniors, volunteering in poverty-reduction organizations and various cultural groups, community service has always been a big part of my life. Although being an MLA is a dream of mine, I find great resolve in that whatever happens on October 4th, the concerns of the community will continue to be my cause.

Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer. – Rick Pitino

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