Keen crowd met the candidates

THE “Meet the Candidates” forum held last Saturday afternoon at the New Norfolk Lions Club rooms in Willow Court was praised by those who attended. “It was a really good opportunity to listen and question the candidates in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere,” said convenor Ngaire Glover of Molesworth.

Chaired by Geoff Dodge, former general manager of the Brighton Council, the function gave all Derwent Valley Council election candidates the opportunity to speak for five minutes and the receive questions for five minutes.

All candidates for Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor, with one exception, attended and took the opportunity to relate their claims to the position being contested. A good crowd of about 30 people posed a variety of questions of each candidate occasioning several lively debates. Afternoon tea afforded the opportunity for many to have individual conversations with the candidates.

A call for such a forum to be held every two years at election time was a common request and Mrs Glover said it was the best $150 (less $49.60 received in donations at the door), she had ever spent.

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