Ray Kerr – River­side Di­vi­sion, Hanover:

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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.

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