On May 2nd you’ll have the chance to choose the people you want to represent you on Kent County Council. First out of the blocks are our two local Independent candidates – John Moore and Stan Truelove.
I must confess to having a great fondness for Independent candidates, on principle (I stood as one in the last District elections in 2011). Being an Independent candidate means that you don’t owe allegiance to any particular party, and you’re free to do the job you were elected to do – representing the people in your constituency. You don’t have to toe a party line, and you’re free to speak out on the issues that matter to your people.
Most of the (non-Independent) political parties conjure up a manifesto of vague promises that they think will be popular, and present it to the voters as a package deal – take it or leave it. In contrast, John and Stan are starting from the much more sensible, and democratic, position of taking the trouble to ask people around town what they actually want and need. They will be taking their instructiions from you, not from some party bigwig.
Let them know what you think. Tell them the top 3 things that you think KCC should be doing in and for Herne Bay. Send them an email – they’ll read it, and they’ll pay attention.