Your View: How to vote

IT’S council elections time again and no doubt for many the sinking feeling one really should do something intelligent about it.

But how to distinguish between competing candidates, especially if none of them are known, is the problem.

Often candidates provide glowing press statements about their devotion to their community and stress their eagerness and indeed their enthusiasm to listen to voters.

Alas, from experience these self-assessments often lead to a deafening silence after a candidate is elected.

So what to do? Firstly, I urge everyone to actually vote.

Grumbling about the make-up of a local council when one has not voted will change nothing but sometimes it’s difficult to make a sensible choice.   

I have contacted candidates only to find they decline to answer questions at all or happily indicate support for my concerns only to find their voting record shows the opposite.

I tend to ask myself is the candidate a local with roots in the community?  

Is he or she already involved with community groups?

Does he or she actually turn up to support local events?  

Is he or she looking to boost their self-image rather than address local concerns?  

Does he or she see becoming a local councillor merely a stepping stone to grander things like the proverbial big frog in a small puddle?

And most importantly, do I actually know the candidate?

Margaret Woods, Minlaton

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