Teenager takes seat on Arvin City Council

ARVIN, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A 19-year-old college sophomore took the oath Tuesday night as Arvin's newest City Council member.

Jose Gurrola beat five other candidates for a seat vacated by Fernando Guzman.

"It's going to be a long, hard road, but together, we can do this," Gurrola told a packed Council chamber.

The Bakersfield College student said he decided to run for City Council, because he loves the city where he was born and raised, and he wants to give back to his community.

He told Eyewitness News in September that he was dissatisfied with what he had seen at Council meetings.

"I can tell that they're divided, but we need to work together," Gurrola said.

Tuesday, Gurrola said his youth, energy and lack of political entrenchment are assets that won't "cloud my judgment."

He said combating crime is one on his top priorities for his four-year term. He's also mentioned increasing recreational services and educational options as priorities.

Gurrola is the oldest of three children. His parents, Jose and Olivia Gurrola, are immigrants from Mexico. His mother is a nurse, and his father is a production supervisor with Crystal Geyser Water.