Candidates to have their say
CLARENCE Valley residents will have a final chance to put their potential State Government representatives under the microscope with a Meet the Candidates forum to be held in Grafton tonight.
The meeting, arranged by the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will kick-off from 6pm tonight at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
Chamber executive officer James Patterson said the idea for the meeting was to provide a final opportunity for residents to make-up their minds before voting on Saturday.
“Basically it’s a standard situation – five minutes to present their opening remarks, then we’ll take questions from the floor. They’ll have one or two minutes at the maximum to answer those questions and hopefully we’ll take as many questions as we can over an hour, hour-and-a-half,” Mr Patterson said.
“We were lucky enough to be able to time it very close to the end of the election, so it gives the community a last chance to ask questions of the candidates before they cast their vote on Saturday.”
Running against incumbent Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell is Clarence Valley Council Mayor Richie Williamson, who is running as an independent, Colin Clague of the NSW Labor Party, Janet
Cavanaugh of the NSW Greens, Bethany Camac of the Christian Democrats and Kristen Bromell of the Family First Party.
Both Mr Cansdell and Mr Williamson said they were looking forward to the night.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the public to gauge the quality of the people who are putting themselves up for the election to represent them in the future parliament,” Mr Cansdell said.
Mr Williamson said the meeting was an important part of the election process.
“Meet the Candidates has been a terrific avenue for the prospective members to tell the community what they stand for and what their views and visions are for the Clarence,” Mr Williamson said.