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1. What is your name?

Name
Julie Bowman

2. Do you support the Council's initial proposal for representation arrangements for 2019?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
Please tell us why
It serves no purpose to split the city between East and West of the river along a 2 ward system as opposed to voting for councillors that represent the whole city as the decision making they make is for the entire city, not just the ward for which they have been elected. The argument suggested that it makes it easier for the public to know who the councillors are for the particular ward in which they live is, in my opinion, complete rubbish. The percentage of votes returned for the last local body election was extremely low and I would suggest that a good percentage of those that did vote would be able to name those that were elected in their ward, let alone those that could not even be bothered to register their vote. Also, concerns about the increased costs of running the candidate's campaign do not stack up for me as the advent of Social Media has created a more even playing field than ever before. Those incumbent councillors have not been concerned with how much more funding they may have available to them compared to other potential candidates in the past so why should an open system concern them greatly. It has been proven over and over again that name recognition is one of, if not the most, determining factor in a voter's mind and being a sitting member is an advantage as well. But nevermind, I digress. My number one reason for wanting the change from the 2 ward system to an across Hamilton system is that I want all of the councillors on the Hamilton City Council to make decisions for the whole of Hamilton without any perceived bias due to who may have voted for them in the past or may vote for them in the future.

3. The Council will hear verbal submissions on Tuesday 9 October 2018. Do you want to speak about your submission at this meeting?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No