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Candidate forum to be held at start of March ahead of Jersey's 2018 elections

20/02/2018 News Team

The Jersey Government has issued an open call for prospective electoral candidates, including existing States Members, to attend an exclusive event so that they are “better informed about the issues facing [the] island’s industries” ahead of elections due in May.

The Candidate Forum is scheduled to be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 in St Helier and will be a chance for prospective candidates to talk directly to representatives from the island’s industries and hear about their main areas of concern and share ideas about strengthening the economy. 

Amongst the industries attending will be contacts from the finance, agriculture, retail, hospitality, engineering and construction sectors, with more to be confirmed. 

The Chamber of Commerce will also be represented. It will also be an opportunity to talk with officers from the States Greffe about the campaign process and find out about the support available to new members after the election.

Lisa Hart, deputy greffier of the States, said: “Anyone contemplating standing for election can attend this event. You don’t have to have formally declared your intention to stand. The objective is to provide would-be candidates with information on the issues that face local industry and enable them to be better informed to answer questions at the hustings and deal with such matters if elected.”

She added: “A lot of people might be thinking about standing, but won’t follow it through because they find the whole process a bit daunting. Hopefully this event will provide people with a better understanding of what is involved and reassurance that help and support is available.”

Jersey Finance will be attending on behalf of the finance industry and Geoff Cook, chief executive of the island’s promotional body, said the event was a “forward-thinking initiative bringing together Island Industries to ensure that any potential candidates have a clear and comprehensive understanding of our sectors.”

Anyone interested is invited to go along to the States Members’ entrance of the States building (opposite the statue in the Royal Square) on Saturday 3 March 2018. Doors will open from 9.45am.

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