OUTSIDE THE SQUARE
Lesser-known council candidates continue to show up their better-known rivals with their innovative approaches to getting the word out. Hamilton candidate Ross MacLeod is the latest to confirm necessity is the mother of invention, standing out on the crowded hustings by erecting radical ROUND signage he claims have "provoked gasps of awe and wonder" from passersby.
Cleverly, he says it's all part of his efforts to get city voters to "think outside the square". Hehe. "That's why my signs are round," explains MacLeod.
Another innovator has been mayoral candidate Dave Macpherson, who's been revving up his low-budget campaign with a series of street corner meetings. That involves him turning up in your neighbourhood, jumping on the back of his ute and letting rip on whatever those who come out want to talk about. It's hard to imagine the incumbent hitting the streets of Nawton in the same way, and a great way to get face to face with voters, although CC has never thought Macpherson in any particular need of a megaphone to get his message across.
WELL, THEY DID ASK....
Put on the spot by Creative Waikato over their backing or not for the arts, most candidates either gushed about their support or wisely stayed silent. But Hamilton West council candidate Steve McLennan's response was tempered with his opinion on "the vast majority of contemporary art": "Pretentious, gazing down into the gutter, lazy and having nothing positive to say". Next question?
City council incumbent Angela O'Leary copped an online backlash after claims she walked out on a question at a candidates meeting. Never one to stray far from social media, O'Leary vented on Facebook, describing how the meeting was "ruined at the end by a member of the public yelling abuse, time to leave. I don't know why people can't stick to issues and behave respectfully, I'm no ones punching bag and people have no right to be abusive." However CC knows there's two sides to every story, and a string of responses from others present denied any abuse, one suggesting O'Leary needed to learn to distinguish between abuse and "political banter" heckling.
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