The previously cancelled Meet the 2021 Council Election Candidates Night was held last Thursday night by the Forbes Business Chamber at the Forbes Golf and Sportsmans Hotel.
Speaking in Ballot Order – each of the candidates were given five minutes to present to the audience and media why they would be an ideal candidate for the council and why voters should vote for them number one on the ballot in under a week.
Election day is Saturday, December 4, after it has previously been postponed due to COVID in September 2020. Candidates elected to this Forbes Shire Council, like others, will serve shorter terms as a result.
With former councillor Susan Chau moving interstate and Grant Clifton not contesting this election, there are thirteen candidates vying for nine positions on the Forbes Shire Council. Some like Emma Henderson are running for the first time while others like Phyllis Miller and Chris Roylance will be going again.
All are worthy candidates and deserve serious consideration, there are limited positions and perhaps the disruptions to campaigning will favour those who have experience come polling day. Make sure you cast your vote on December 4 to not just avoid fines but also ensure your preferred council candidate is a chance to be elected. It is after all, your Forbes Shire Council!
Ballot Order: 1. Aidan Clarke; 2. Margaret Duggan; 3. Jeff Nicholson; 4. Thomas Dwyer; 5. Chris Roylance; 6. Steve Karaitiana; 7. Phyllis Miller; 8. Brian Mattiske; 9. Graeme Miller; 10. Michele Herbert; 11. Maria Willis; 12. Emma Henderson and 13. Jenny Webb.