PARTY ENDORSED CANDIDATES
Everyone has a view or an opinion – this is called an ideology. We all have one. All city councillors have one, so why all the fuss over the idea of a party endorsed candidate to stand for a council seat.
After all, we have had real estate companies, church groups and business groups sponsor certain candidates.
The big issue being avoided is the cost of standing for election to council. The demise of the more democratic ward system has only made it difficult for anyone who considers standing. Funding citywide signage is costly.
So, a party endorsed candidate could go some way to return balance and fairness to a system that favours the well-heeled.
Kevin Reilly Palmerston North