PARTY EN­DORSED CAN­DI­DATES

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

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

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