Rural backing for rural candidates
If rural people ever had to show unity now is the time.
We have a unique opportunity to get a majority of members on the Waikato District Health Board representing rural interests – there are more than 150,000 rural voters compared with Hamilton City’s 91,000.
However no rural candidate has enough local voters to get the estimated 10,000 votes needed to win a seat on the board so, without your readers’ support, they are unlikely to achieve their goal.
You can make the difference – first by actually voting in the Waikato DHB elections and then by giving support to rural candidates only, even if you don’t personally know them.
Last election the turnout in the Waikato DHB election was the worst in the country and many people returned blank or invalid voting papers.
If this happens again then we can expect to see rural health services being decided upon by Hamilton City councillors for the next three years. Is this what we want? And also think about those standing for more than one position – can they really do a good job? Editor’s note: Mr Ebrey is the campaign manager for a Waikato DHB candidate. He declared this in a message sent with his letter though we have decided to withhold that candidate’s name.
BOTTLES: Some of the rubbish Putaruru’s Tony Stephens picked up.