19-Year-Old Arvin councilman attends first meeting since election

Arvin elected a teen to their city council in Nov.

ARVIN, Calif. - On Tuesday night, a 19-year old college student took his seat on the Arvin City Council for the first time.

Jose Gurrola is a Bakersfield College sophomore who won a seat on the city council on Nov.6.

"I feel incredibly honored and humbled that the citizens of Arvin overlooked my age and listened to my vision," said Guroola. "They gave me this opportunity."

It was a fresh start for the city of Arvin as Gurrola was sworn in as the newest member of the city council.

He has a lot of ideas and said he is ready to hit the ground running. He has already picked out the issue he wants to tackle first.

"The number one issue I heard on the campaign trail was public safety," said Gurrola. "Hiring this permanent police chief, working with him and with the community to bring down the crime rate -- I think that's something we can all benefit from and something we should focus on."

On Tuesday, 23 ABC spoke to Gurrola's political science professor who said age is not a reason to dismiss Gurrola.

"He will learn from the others who have experience, and he will bring a new and open mind the future of that town," said Steven Holmes, who is Gurrola's professor.

Gurrola said he looks forward to working with other members of the city council to improve their community.

As far as the people he now represents, he had this message: "I promise I'm going to work as hard as I can to best represent you as the city of Arvin on this council."

Gurrola beat out five other candidates during the Nov. 6 election.

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