Timaru's senior citizens have had first dibs at putting the tough questions to this year's candidates for the district council's Timaru ward.
Sixty people attended the first "meet the candidates" event in Timaru yesterday, with the general consensus a positive one.
Betty Kunnen was impressed by the calibre of the candidates.
"They were marvellous, I thought. It's just a pity there's only going to be six of them [elected to the Timaru ward] because they all offer something."
She said she was impressed that each candidate responded to the questions put to them.
The issue of fluoride in water was raised during the meeting and members of the public were still discussing it among themselves well after the meeting finished.
Alf Waelen, like many at the meeting, had a strong opinion on the matter.
"I say, if the council wants fluoride let them buy tablets."
The issue was one a member of the public raised during question time.
Imelda Hitchcock said yesterday's meeting was a "hopeful" start to the election campaign.
"If they stick to their thoughts, all's well."
Grey Power Timaru president Denise Fitzgerald also spoke highly of the candidates.
"I was very impressed by the calibre of candidates; and energy and motivation they portrayed."
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