Annette Main, mayor of Whanganui, isn’t seeking re-election.
She wrote a Facebook post giving her views on what to look for in those seeking your vote:
Avoid those who use ‘I ‘ constantly.
Avoid those who don’t listen.
Avoid those who continually tell you what they have achieved , even if it has no relevance to the role they are seeking.
Avoid those who attack others views, rather than articulate theirs.
Avoid those who are standing on one issue.
Avoid those who don’t answer the simple question you ask.
Talk to those who sound passionate about where they live and want to make it better.
Ask them why they really want to give up their time to work on your behalf.
Ask them what they know about the Local Government Act .
Ask them about their responsibilities to the Treaty
Ask them how they can help Whanganui work for all of us.
The answers they give will hopefully provide you with the confidence you need to make your decision before October 8th.
Please vote, please vote wisely, and encourage everyone you know to think about the place we live and who we want making the decisions which guide our future.
This is good advice, wherever you live and whether the candidates are standing for local or central government.