Election candidate pushing for unity when discussing issues
"PUTTING the unity in community."
That's the goal of Ian Sutherland, the candidate for the Christian Democratic Party in the coming state election.
Mr Sutherland is running for the seat of Coffs Harbour in a bid to change the way issues are discussed in the current political climate.
"Why I've gone with the party is number one, I'm a Christian, so that makes it a fairly easy allegiance, but the other reason is I've got a bit of a problem with the way we do politics at the moment. It worries me, it really bothers me," Mr Sutherland said.
"We've got a very negative mindset in politics. Everything is about fear, 'look out, we're not going to have this' or 'look out, this is going to go wrong'.
"My main desire is to try and change the way that we talk about the issues facing Coffs Harbour.
"I would like us to build a community attitude towards issues rather than an issue attitude towards issues. We take issues out of context or by themselves by saying 'we've got to solve this problem' but we don't look at it and ask how's that going to affect the whole community."
On Friday night Mr Sutherland will be hosting a meet the candidate evening at the Cavanbah Centre with questions starting at around 7pm.
Having run as an independent during the most recent council election, a lot of voters will already be aware of Mr Sutherland's view of acting in the interests of all rather than a few.