A 20-year-old is now shaping the future of a Central Valley city.
Jewel Hurtado was sworn into the Kingsburg City Council Wednesday. She started campaigning when she was a teenager and said she wants to set an example for younger generations.
“Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t step up and make a difference,” she said. “It doesn’t mean you have to run for city council in your area, but definitely just showing young people that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it.”
Hurtado grew up in Kingsburg and said she’s excited to be able to serve her hometown. Her infant son was by her side on the campaign trail as well as Wednesday’s council meeting.
“I do think he will be proud one day to know that at 4-months-old he was being carried around door knocking and then we won that same election while his mom was 19 and then 20,” Hurtado said.
Hurtado said she doesn’t know if she’s the youngest to take on a role like this, but hopes it inspires other young people, and said she’s excited to start serving her community.
“I always tell people it’s not about change really. It’s about a new perspective. Kingsburg has been doing things decently for a very long time. There isn’t anything negative I have to say about it. It’s just bringing a fresh perspective to the table,” she said.