AN INDEPENDENT mindset could see a drastic change come to Wagga City Council, if the results of The Daily Advertiser’s survey are reflected in today’s election.
The online survey asked voters to nominate 11 people for election, and ungrouped candidates were the preference of the 125 respondents.
Ungrouped candidate Greg Conkey was ranked first with 63 per cent of respondents listing him; followed by fellow ungrouped candidates Rod Kendall (53 per cent) and Jim Nicholls (51 per cent).
The sample size is a taste of what could come if people buck the above-the-line group voting and nominate candidates individually below the line.
The group to garner the highest number of votes in the survey was group A, which includes Andrew Negline, Donna Argus and Dane Simpson.
Group G was also represented by Jenni Campbell and Jenny Rolfe, while Yvonne Braid, Scott Walker and Dallas Tout rounded out the list.
Every candidate received at least one vote.
The list of 57 candidates is a tapestry of age, demographics, experience and qualifications.
“There are some worthy, worthy candidates, no doubt about that,” secretary of the Wagga Electorate Committee Forum Inc, Erwin Richter, said.
“It will be interesting.”
Mr Richter echoed the thoughts of many council pundits and urged voters to nominate candidates below the line.
He said breaking public apathy about local government was crucial and hoped to see a good turnout at the polling booths.
FUTURE COUNCILLOR? Ungrouped candidate Greg Conkey has been ranked first by repsondents in an online survey by the Daily Advertiser.
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