2012’s most eye-catching election battle sees the council’s cabinet member for education, Cllr John Holdich challenged by Luke Pagliaro - president of the Peterborough Sixth Form Union.
Cllr Holdich said: “It is good to see young people taking an interest in politics, but you need the experiences of life to do the job properly.”
Mr Pagliaro said: “I finish sixth form in June and any arrangements made after this would be made to fit around my duties as councillor.”
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CABINET member for education, skills and university John Holdich (67, Conservative) is also a prominent representative in the nine villages he represents to the north west of the city.
He has roles with the Glinton Community Association, Arthur Mellows Village College, Glinton Friendship Club, Glinton Peakirk Green and the Wittering Young Person’s Group.
He said: “I have been a county, city and parish councillor for 35 years.
“This experience is important to the council and the electorate in these difficult times to protect our front-line services.
“The biggest priority for voters is keeping up the level of services despite the tight budget.
“Other issues are quality education and meeting the challenges of an ageing population.”
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LAST year Luke Pagliaro (18, Labour) was elected as the first-ever president of the Peterborough Sixth Form Union.
Now the Stanground College pupil, who will take his A Levels this summer, wants to take the cabinet member for education’s council seat.
Mr Pagliaro said: “Age is just a number and while it can bring experience, it does not always make you the best candidate.
“Voters want more money in their pockets - families are being squeezed. As a council we need to help palliate these issues.
“I care not only about the issues in Glinton and Wittering, but the rest of Peterborough too.
“The current administration waste money on vanity projects whilst taking money out of people’s back pockets.”