John Buck’s plan for a great Maitland mayoral candidate debate gains momentum

John Buck.Maitland’s six mayoral candidates have agreed to take part in a forum to discuss their election platforms prior to the September 9 local government poll.


Fairfax Media reported earlier this week how Ashtonfield man John Buck called on the city’s mayoral candidates to “cut the crap” and attend a public forum to set the record straight on their policies for city ratepayers.

Mr Buck, a heavy industry technician, said the ratepayers deserve an open forum where the city’smayoral hopefuls can put their cards on the table and tell ratepayers what they are standing for.

As a result of Mr Buck’s story, thecandidatesare onboard and ABC media personality Aaron Kearney has expressed interest as the chair.

“We’re still looking for a venue (preferably one without alcohol) and I’maiming for Monday or Tuesday next weekat 6pm as the date for the event,” Mr Buck said.

“The whole event has been set up electronically and all candidates were contacted late Wednesday evening.

“I’m waiting for candidates to confirm venue, date and time.

“Community wise, the interest is growing, with questions being forwarded for consideration.”

Mr Buck said the number of “likes” on his Facebook page (Maitland Mayoral Candidate’s Great Debate 2017) about the candidates’ forum is constantly growing.

“Properly communicated, I expect a decent turnout with the answers published in The Mercury after the event,” Mr Buck said.

Through his Facebook page, Mr Buck is asking readers to put forward their number one concernswhich will help shape questionsput to the candidates.“Maitland deserves the best leadership itcan get,” he said.

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