At just 19, there’s no doubt that Councillor Jake Jackson is one of the youngest ever people to be co-opted onto Market Rasen Town Council.
And Coun Jackson, who turns 20 in November this year, is in no way short of ambition, drive and dedication.
Speaking to the Rasen Mail, he outlined why he thinks he’s the right man for the job and why he put his name forward to be co-opted to the council.
He said: “I do have fair bit of relevant experience as I served on my school council, but I carry with me great interest in local affairs and politics which I can also bring to the role.
“I stood to be co-opted because I’d like to effect positive change in Market Rasen - and offer a younger perspective on community matters.
“I’d particularly like to inject pride into the local people and into the town itself.”
Coun Jackson has already drawn up a firm and full list of priorities, addressing numerous issues which he believes are important to the market town.
These range from Market Rasen’s aesthetic to the importance of sustaining a strong economy and supporting local businesses.
Coun Jackson added: “The town needs a spruce up so it can reach its full potential. During my time in office, I hope to see a busier town with successful business and a thriving economy.
“We need to make the look of Market Rasen reflect its worth. The town still has so much potential.
“I’d like people to jump at the chance to say ‘Yes, I am from Market Rasen, and I’m proud of of it’!”
While Coun Jackson believes that the Town Council will benefit from the fresh perspective - and the more diverse representation a younger member can bring - he also stresses the importance of far ranging representation across all age groups and backgrounds.
“When it comes to representation” he said, “it is important to have all areas covered.”
He added: “It is vital to have all members of the community suitably represented so their concerns may be fully acknowledged. We live in a democratic nation and there is no reason why every person shouldn’t be fully represented.”
Coun Jackson, of Churchill Avenue, is very hardworking and admits that he doesn’t have much spare time to devote to hobbies.
But on rare days off, he says he enjoys reading and socialising with friends.
That aside, he’s very keen to make a good impression and is motivated, determined and very down-to-earth.
He said: “There are things I’d like to improve, but it would be wonderful to encourage people to be immensely proud of Market Rasen.”
“and to help our town reach its full potential.”