Opportunities to meet City of Victor Harbor candidates for the upcoming local government elections is starting to occur on a regular basis.
On Thursday, October 4, mayoral candidate Carolyn Jeffrey initiated a meet and greet at the Victor Harbor RSL building and invited the 17 elected member candidates to attend.
All, but three elected member candidates attended at some point during the day and those who did not attend sent their apologies due to illness, work commitments, or being out of the area.
All candidates stressed that by attending it did not signal any alignment with Ms Jeffrey, or each other, but an opportunity to meet other candidates and most importantly the people of Victor Harbor.
Approximately 60 people attended throughout the day and spent time sitting down or chatting with candidates in a relaxed one-to-one atmosphere.
Ms Jeffrey was thrilled with the level of interest from the public and the fact people are clearly thinking hard about who they’re going to give their vote to.
“A wide range of issues was raised including the Stock Road flood debate, the future of the town hall, rate levels, wards, public consultation, council teamwork, the Mainstreet Precinct and others,” Ms Jeffrey said.
Ms Jeffrey emphasised that whether or not a candidate attended the function should not be seen as an indication of support or otherwise, or a sign of any alliances.
“I am running alone and will not be endorsing any elected member candidates nor recommending preferences in the mayoral election.
“I believe it is crucial the new council begins with a clean slate in terms of independent members who vote according to what they truly believe in and not because of alliances with other elected members,” she said.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the Meet the Candidates day.”
City of Victor Harbor will host a ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum at the Victor Harbor Town Hall, from 7pm on Monday, 15 October 2018.
The City of Victor Harbor has five candidates standing for the position of mayor and 16 candidates for nine councillor positions.