Last night 24 of the 33 candidates for ICC came along to the Wool Bar Community Space to present in 3 minutes why they are running for council.
I was impressed with the calibre and passion of the candidates and it was great to see such diversity among the candidates in terms of age, gender as well as point of view. As I recall none of the candidates said they were standing because of or in spite of the mayoral candidates 🙂
It is a real shame there are not going to be many other opportunities for the candidates to speak publicly this is especially so because one of the main reasons people don’t vote is because they feel they don’t know enough about the candidates.
Social media will hopefully provide a good vehicle for candidates to to make sure their community knows about them. But as voters we all need to share this information with our friends and family too so they have information to make informed choices and are encouraged to vote.
I have said it before and I will say it again, local government is where you can influence your own community and I encourage everyone to check out the candidates and vote for those who you think will best represent you in council and best make this city the kind of place you want to live in.
Each of us get 12 votes so you can choose up to 12 people who you think will make a difference for you in the next 3 years. You also don’t have to vote for all 12 in fact some would argue just vote for the people you really want on there.