In 2002 he was elected councilor for the Labour Party to Leeuwarden. From 2006 to 2011 he was there councilor, first of Social Affairs, Labour, Leisure & Tourism, Sports, Business Management and Public Services and later Deputy Mayor and Councillor of Finance, Health, Social Affairs and Sports. In 2011 he became the Labour Party appointed alderman for Work, Income and Care of the municipality of Rotterdam. In 2014 he decided to quit being alderman after 8 years and he started a company that promotes socially responsible entrepreneurship.
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