Candidates in hot seat
THE 2012 NSW local government elections are arriving fast and while we don't have to endure the same level of spin, baby kisses and slander of a State or Federal election, it doesn't diminish the importance of appointing the right men and women for these grassroots, political roles.
On September 8, the people of the Clarence Valley will take to polling booths across the region to vote for representatives for the arm of government closest to the people.
There are 17 candidates in the race, which isn't quite the Melbourne Cup field of nominations we've seen elsewhere, but a reasonable number all the same.
Even though we've interviewed and met most candidates, picking the best of the bunch is no mean feat for the voting public.
That's why tonight The Daily Examiner, in partnership with the Maclean Chamber of Commerce, will host the very first meet-the-candidates forum of the 2012 election in the Maclean Services Club.
Come along and meet the potential leaders of our community in person before they get a grilling of questions submitted by you, our readers.
Four-page election form guide with biography and platform on each candidate
Details of our forum tonight in Maclean (5.30-6pm start) and on Wednesday at Grafton District Services Club (5.30-6pm start)
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