Ben Chew entered the City Council race on Monday, making seat five the most contested on the ballot at three candidates.




Chew, 24, said he chose to run because he didn't see anyone else running who was interested in "old-fashioned fiscal responsibility" and limited government.




"All of the councilors for the most part pretty much share the same philosophy," he said. "I thought it would be important to have one person on the Council represent the classical liberal ideology."




He wants to reduce taxation and city spending and adopt a general attitude of individual freedom, he said.




Chew graduated from Ashland High School in 2003 and worked for three years in the food service industry. He has worked for Rogue Valley Coin and Jewelries in Medford for the past three years, he said.




Chew is the youngest candidate in this election, but he does not see his age as a barrier.




"I don't really think that age should matter so much as what you believe to be important," he said. "There are plenty of older people who have run nations and countries quite terribly."




Russ Silbiger and Pam Vavra have also filed for council position five. Cate Hartzell and Greg Lemhouse filed for position three, and Carol Voisin and John Gaffey will run for position one.




Five candidates have filed for mayor of Ashland, including Jenifer Carr, Peter Gross, Steve Hauck, George Kramer and John Stromberg.




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