Setting the facts straight
Could I suggest that if Nick Summers wants to have a shot at me (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner 13/7/12) that he gets his facts right.
I didn’t “get Keith Dance elected several times as number two” on my ticket. At the last election we didn’t run tickets - we both stood as independent single candidates and were strong advocates of “below the line” voting as I am doing again this election.
Yes, I did send him my second preferences and both Cr Dance and I sent our third preferences to Cathy Milliken from Tuross, who unfortunately just missed out on being elected.
Incredibly, he is advocating that female candidates be given number two on “tickets”. They are unlikely to be elected from that position. At the last election, and again at this election, I have been encouraging any genuine female candidate to be in the number one spot on the ticket, otherwise they may be being used as “cannon fodder”.
As to having a woman in number two on my ticket, Nick, I don’t run on a ticket. The voters, hopefully, will give me their number one vote and then can vote two, three, four below the line (the number required to cast a formal vote “below the line”), for any female or male candidates of their choice.
Fergus Thomson, Belowra