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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion has been heat­ing up in the past few months, with the fi­nal bang set for Satur­day.

Our can­di­dates have been hit­ting the cam­paign trail with ded­i­ca­tion.

In­cum­bent mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney has been mak­ing her pres­ence known, spread­ing her mes­sage in YouTube videos, speeches and a lun­cheon at Fish D’Vine.

In­cum­bent deputy mayor An­drew Will­cox has matched this pace, this week bathing Proser­pine in a sea of “Will­cox blue” with his fleet of ve­hi­cles and vol­un­teers.

New­comer Eric Oliver has been tak­ing his cam­paign on the road, vis­it­ing the far cor­ners of the re­gion and ex­plain­ing his po­si­tions on so­cial me­dia.

With such fer­vour from all may­oral can­di­dates, we can at least be cer­tain of a leader who isn’t afraid to put in the long hours re­quired.

The divi­sions have seen some se­ri­ous com­mit­ment to the cause as well, with can­di­dates stak­ing out the pre-polling booths in the blaz­ing sun to hand out “how to vote” cards.

Of course, be­ing able to with­stand long pe­ri­ods of ex­po­sure does not a good coun­cil­lor make.

But the Meet the Can­di­dates fo­rums and the fea­ture in this news­pa­per have al­lowed them to make their poli­cies known.

And, hope­fully, it is on th­ese is­sues and prom­ises the peo­ple will make their de­ci­sion come Satur­day.

What­ever the out­come, once the fi­nal bal­lots have been counted, one thing is for sure, there are big changes ahead for the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Sim­i­larly, we at the Whit­sun­day Times will bring you the cov­er­age.

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