Chico, Calif. -- With three Chico City Council seats up for grabs in November's general election, candidates are beginning to line up in hopes of winning one of them.
The latest candidate to declare may stand out from the rest if, for no other reason, than he's yet to graduate from college.
Jeremy Markley is a second generation Chicoan. At only 25 years old, he's a military veteran and an active community member. Now he's hoping to add Chico City Council Member to that list as well.
"There's a certain image that people have of what a college student at Chico State is, and I'm not that," said Markley.
Jeremy Markley is a Chico State student and the latest to toss his hat in the ring for Chico City Council.
"I think Chico has lost a lot of the vitality and energy that used to make it such a cool place to be," said Markley.
Markley held a campaign event at Kinder's in Downtown Chico Friday night. He is a second generation Chicoan.
"My family moved here 22 years ago, dad worked at the Costco on MLK street, drove forklifts. I graduated from high school up in Redding, I then joined the air force and served four years there," said Markley.
He moved back to Chico in 2015 and started pursuing his undergraduate, Political Science degree.
In addition, Markley is also the volunteer coordinator at the Chico History Museum. He also organized Mobilize Chico.
"I have never seen such an outpouring of students for real world politics," said Jim Gregg, a former Chico State professor.
Gregg was a professor at Chico State for 35 years. He was in awe of the support for Markley.
"If these kids go home and start talking to their friends and passing out the word about this candidate, it's going to have a big effect on this election, no question at all," said Gregg.
Marley graduates in May, a time when most would focus on starting careers. So why make such a commitment at such an early age?
"Chico needs a fresh perspective and I think it needs new blood. A lot of the folks who have been involved in running Chico have been here for a very, very long time," said Gregg.
If you would like to learn more about Markley's campaign or contribute, you can do so here.
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