Mayoral hopefuls hit the campaign trail
HANNAH MCLEOD FAND LAUREN HAYES
Southern mayoral candidates are amping up their electioneering activity as voting day draws near.
Most candidates have taken advantage of social media and websites to connect with voters, but are also hitting the streets ahead of the October 12 election day.
Invercargill City Council mayoral candidate Lindsay Dow was at Elles Rd New World yesterday handing out fliers and inviting shoppers to have a chat.
"It's a case of getting your face out there, so that's what I'm doing."
Fellow Invercargill candidate Kevin Middleton said he was relying on word-of-mouth for his campaign, attending various meetings to find out what the people of Invercargill wanted.
He had no plans to hand out fliers, he said.
"If I'm walking along the street with people shoving things under my nose . . . it's going straight in the bin.
"If you're reliant on standing on a soap box in the middle of the street, then do it . . . it's not for me."
Incumbent candidate Tim Shadbolt was out of the country yesterday.
Southland District Council mayoral candidates gathered last night in Te Anau for a meet the candidates event.
Candidate John Douglas said he had been attending similar meetings across the district, but had also been hitting the pavement and the pub to chat with voters.
"It's about meeting the people in their patch, and they're honest, sometimes brutally honest."
Candidate Paul Duffy said he had been on the road a lot, visiting people and businesses in between regular council duties.
"Southland's a big place so it takes a lot of covering."
Candidate Gary Tong was putting up signs in Te Anau yesterday, and referred The Southland Times to his website for a full calender of his activities.
The calendar has Mr Tong scheduled for school visits, informal pub chats, community meetings and meet the candidates events.
Queenstown Lakes District Council mayoral candidate Al Angus said he had been accepting a few invitations to speak.
"All I'm doing is going to those speaking engagements and using word of mouth."
He encouraged voters to email him.
Incumbent candidate Vanessa van Uden could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan said he was spending his weekends visiting towns across the district to discuss the big issues with residents, while fellow candidate Hamish Anderson said he had been putting up billboards and chatting with voters in between calving and council duties.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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