Ray Kerr – Riverside Division, Hanover:
think the time has come for now for us to vote on issues and not along party lines,” Trench said.
His JLP counterpart, farmer Donald Campbell, also contended that debates should be a factor in the voter decision-making process.
“The people in the communities need to know what the plans are that the candidates have for the communities; farmers need to know how their roads will be fixed; the issues of street lighting, garbage collection, and water. They need to know what is happening in their communities and who they can rely on, timelines. People want to know these kinds of things,” Campbell, a first-time candidate, said.
Another candidate, former councillor of the Lucea Division Easton Edwards, said a pre-election debate would aid in ensuring transparency.
“People need to know why it is that you want to serve, your objectives. Do you have a fiveyear plan? What is it now that you are running? Are you a part of any social group? Are you contributing to the social fibre of the community? Were you supporting the local businesses? Is it that you are coming to enrich yourself? I think that these questions need to be thrown at people and people defend why they are there. For those who have served before, people need to know what you have done and what it is that you are coming back to do. We need this level of transparency, and a debate will help to bring that out,” Edwards said.