Hopefuls meet Yamba voters

By SALLY GORDON

THIRTEEN Clarence Valley Council candidates took to the soapbox at the Yamba markets yesterday.

Candidates riding on a group ticket stayed with their like-minded campaigners, while some preferred to go it alone and employ attention-seeking tactics to rally support.

Lower River candidate Ian Tiley was seen working the stall corridors with VOTE 1 IAN TILEY emblazoned on a sign that was stuck to his front and back.

Market organiser Geoff Watson said that, although he was disappointed with the lack of candidates, those who did attend received great exposure.

An estimated 2000 people filtered through the River and Coldstream Street market, that yesterday boasted 89 stalls not including charity groups.

Mr Watson said four candidates from the Upper Clarence joined a strong contingent of Lower River would-be councillors.

He said the event was a good way for voters to see who was who.

"The candidates handed out literature and they all seemed to be talking to people pretty much most of the day," Mr Watson said.

Clarence Valley voters head to the polls next Saturday, March 5. Thirty-six candidates are running for election.



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