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Political newcomer hopes to bring 'fresh energy' to city council

Housing is one area Andre Jmourko would like to address; 'The college has grown in so many amazing ways over the last decade, but the housing supply has barely increased'

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Andre Jmourko says he wants to help Barrie continue to grow.

The 22-year-old real estate agent, who has lived in Barrie for the past 13 years, hopes to win a seat representing Ward 1 in the city’s northeast end in the Oct. 24 municipal election. 

“I want to help Barrie grow in the right direction. We’ve seen a lot of changes in the last few years, especially in Ward 1, and I wanted to be an advocate and a voice to help address the issues that are going on,” Jmourko told BarrieToday when asked why he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

Given the area’s proximity to Georgian College, Jmourko believes there needs to be a focus on the construction of more purpose-built student housing.

“The college has grown in so many amazing ways over the last decade, but the housing supply has barely increased,” he said, adding he’d like to see the creation of new, safe, clean, and well-managed housing for students. “That helps residents and families to move back in and be able to live in and enjoy Ward 1.”

Also topping Jmourko's priority list is road repair and an increased police presence, adding he believes there has been a jump in crime in Ward 1 over the last year.

“There are a lot of overdue roads in Ward 1 that we need to focus on... roads that have been left behind. There has been an increase in crime in Ward 1 over the last year... even more so last week and I think that’s something that really needs to be addressed and not accepted as status quo," said Jmourko, referring to an Aug. 12 break-in that resulted in one person being sent to hospital.

Jmourko says he will bring “fresh energy and a new perspective” to the council table and believes those attributes will help council get “back to the basics and drive results.”

“Being in real estate, it’s service- and communication-oriented. I can’t not take a phone call or not answer back or I am losing a client. That reflects on my business and my other clients as well,” Jmourko said, adding he will bring that same dedication to the role of councillor to ensure that all the issues are being addressed and that nothing slips through the cracks.

Jmourko also says he will ensure “everyone’s voice is heard.”

“When I set my mind to it, especially with communication and real estate, I (don’t) stop halfway. I (will) make sure that promises are fulfilled to the residents,” he said. “Ward 1 has some of the longest residing residents in the city, and they’ve invested in their neighbourhoods. They want a councillor, and a council, that is working for them and showing results on where their tax-paying dollars are going and the infrastructure that they are investing in Ward 1.”

Today was the deadline for candidates to register at city hall. 

Also running in Ward 1 are Constance Elliott and incumbent Clare Riepma.