I’M scared about the number of nominations for council.
I have read comments on social media from candidates that promise they will create jobs and offer more events that are free, they will reduce rates and they will stop the marina and help the homeless. What about families, sporting groups, businesses? Does anyone want to help them?
Nearly all the candidates are spouting buzz sentences so similar to each other and using words that make many of us feel they know nothing of how council works nor what the role in council is. Mostly their social media pages are full of similar promises and emotive catch calls.
I’m all for anyone stepping up for council. Personally, I always vote for who you are, not what you promise.
Tell us why you want to be on council, not that you want to be a voice that’s a buzz word. What drives you? The job is a thankless one and you will need a thick skin. Do you have it?
All councils are multi-million dollar businesses. You will need to understand how business of that level operates. Can you read a profit and loss form, agendas, reports with a basic understanding about council and law?
Tell us who you are and what skills you bring to the table. Allow us to get to know you, your beliefs, your ethics. What is your past? Can you stick with the job for four years? How much time will you give it? It will take over your life. Will you be available to your constituents?
I hold grave concerns over one candidate for many reasons, both professionally and personally. I feel all candidates should have to supply references and resumes.
So candidates be open and transparent and tell us about yourself. You’ll get more votes that way. SHARYN MCCASKEY Rockingham