A FLORA Hill man who campaigned against same-sex marriage says he has matured and changed his views, as he campaigns for a seat on Bendigo council.
Lewis Freeman-Harrison intends to run in the Eppalock Ward.
The 25-year-old said he had educated himself and no longer endorsed the views he used to hold.
He had also turned his back on the religious group he was previously affiliated with, which he declined to name.
Mr Freeman-Harrison said he wanted to help people.
"I believe that life is about making mistakes, growing and learning from them," he said.
"I am older, wiser and in a more stable position to undertake an endeavour like this."
He intended to campaign on principles of equality, fairness, support of small business and a voice for young citizens.
"I have a passion for community and strongly support the night life, hospitality industry and music industry, which have all been impacted by COVID-19," Mr Freeman-Harrison said.
This will be his first local government campaign in Bendigo.
Mr Freeman-Harrison stood in Wyndham City Council in 2016.
He believed the Bendigo council needed a fresh injection of youth to assist with recovery from COVID-19, as well as proposing new ideas.
"After all, it is my generation and the next that will have to go through the detrimental effects of this debt and deficit," Mr Freeman-Harrison said.
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