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South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Elec­tion can­di­dates fronted the pub­lic last week at meet­ings held in Toko­roa and Ti­rau.

More than 50 peo­ple turned out for a meet­ing in Toko­roa or­gan­ised by the town’s Ro­tary club.

May­oral can­di­dates Neil Sin­clair and Sharon Clair, and 11 of the 15 can­di­dates for coun­cil spoke.

Can­di­date Mike Gubb could not at­tend as he was at a course in Auck­land while Lyn Cor­ban, Johnny Dry­den and Bar­rie Her­lihy were said to have de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion.

In Ti­rau the fol­low­ing night Mr Dry­den was in at­ten­dance at a Lions or­gan­ised meet­ing as were his fel­low may­oral can­di­dates, can­di­dates for Ti­rau Ward, Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board and EW councillor Norm Barker.

Mr Barker’s op­po­nent in the South Waikato-Ro­torua con­stituency Neil Ste­wart could not at­tend as he is on a sixweek hol­i­day in Canada.

Mr Ste­wart was rep­re­sented as his speech was read out by the meet­ing’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies. Af­ter speeches, ques­tions were in­vited. Sev­eral can­di­dates not on coun­cil were grilled on their ex­pe­ri­ence and readi­ness for the job. Can­di­dates not known to the au­di­ence were asked their links to the South Waikato.

There is a can­di­dates meet­ing at Elim Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Toko­roa at 1pm to­mor­row.

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