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Philly Council hopeful, 26, says her youth is asset

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 Jenné Ayers, the daughter of former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, is a candidate for council-at-large. (Photo courtesy of Jenné Ayers)

Jenné Ayers, the daughter of former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, is a candidate for council-at-large. (Photo courtesy of Jenné Ayers)

The race for Philadelphia City Council has a new entry, and, if elected, the woman running as a Democrat for an at-large seat could be the youngest Council member ever to serve.

Jenne Ayers, the daughter of former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, turns 26 tomorrow and says she’s ready to serve.

“I think being young is one of the greatest assets … you have a lot of energy,” she said. “If you look over time, a lot of people who have led the country for change have been young people.”

Ayers, who as an undergraduate degree from Harvard, will graduate from Yale Law School in May.

One of her goals is to bring more young people to the voting booth.

“We need fresh leadership. We need someone who is going to be in City Council to have new ideas, to bring along the millennials, and I know I’m the perfect candidate to do that,” Ayers said.

Ayers says she hopes to appeal to people who want their children to return after college and serve their city.

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