Ru­ral back­ing for ru­ral can­di­dates

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

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.

Mark Ebrey

BOT­TLES: Some of the rub­bish Pu­taruru’s Tony Stephens picked up.

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