Although more resort workers are sticking around and buying homes, Whistler remains a young town. In the 2006 census the average age was 32.2 years, or about eight years lower than the provincial average. Some 60 per cent of residents were between the ages of 18 and 35.
Newly announced council candidate Steve Andrews believes that the younger generation will make itself heard in this election, and he wants to be the person to represent that generation.
"If you look at what happened in Quebec this year with the NDP, it is obvious that our generation cares about the direction our society is headed," he said in a release. "I want to be a voice for our generation and make sure that our unique ideas and concerns are reflected in council meetings."
He said he will talk to the people of town as he crafts his platform, and will update the public on his campaign site - whissues.tublr.com - as well as through social networking. He wants to be available to meet with people, and will check in from public locations while inviting people to drop by.
"I want my campaign to run how I believe the municipality should also run: completely open and transparent, principled but open-minded, and fun," he said. "If there is one thing I'm really tired of, it's all the negative campaigning that has taken place the past few times around. I mean, come on everybody, we are all neighbours."
Like other candidates, he's also made balancing the municipal budget a priority. He wants to make Whistler, "the most liveable small town in the world," that looks at the well-being of locals first and tourists second. In the end, he believes happy locals will be bring more tourists.
Andrews is originally from North Vancouver and spent weekends in Whistler growing up, but moved to Whistler full-time in 2006. He has been involved in film production in the past and has started two businesses in town including Noey Goes Production.