The Mayor? umm... it's old, what's his face, innit?

Most of us actually can name our local Mayor, but how many of us can name the Councillors who work with the Mayor?

I was at a job interview once, it was a different radio station and quite a few years back (quite a few - I've been working at Classic Hits for 6 1/2 years...) and I was flown to the town for the interview.

The Manager asked me, "Who is the Mayor of this town?" and it caught me on the hop, I didn't know. I should have done more research. I was stuck. I had found out a lot about the town but not the Mayor's name.

"I don't know." I admitted and tried to cover my lack of knowledge with some of the other information that I had learnt.

I didn't get the job and to be fair, I didn't really want it so it all worked out well in the end.

Hindsight is a beautiful thing. What I should have said was:

"I don't know and to be fair, sod all people vote in local body elections. In addition, not many people actually care about the Mayor unless they're announcing a rates increase or something that the Council is involved in goes wrong."

I still wouldn't have got the job, but my story of this job interview would have been way more interesting.

Today, I live in a big town and the area we broadcast to has 5 Mayors. I see two of them regularly and can have a laugh with them both. One even just added me on Facebook. The other 3, I have been remiss in getting to know and it's on my to do list.

My advice in regards to local body elections, is that yes, it's pretty boring and you'll most likely forget who you voted for pretty quickly. However, if you don't vote, you can't complain when things don't go your way.

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