Monday 24 July 2017

Letters to the Editor: Beaten, but no defeat

Politicians must try and bring people together.
Politicians must try and bring people together.

Madam – My glass is certainly half full.

Eight weeks ago I made a decision to run in this year's local elections in Galway City West Ward. Within a week I had my posters and leaflets printed. I had assembled a team of canvassers, which grew to over 30 by the end of the campaign. I ran a short six -week canvass, erecting 100 posters, and canvassed 5,000 houses in that time. I started as a complete unknown in political terms.

Two-hundred-and-seventy people of this ward thought I was the best person to represent them on City Council. By the time I was eliminated on Count 5, I had increased this to 401 votes, which was approximately a third of a quota.

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