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21 stand for Senator
By Ryan Morrison
There are 21 candidates hoping to take one of the six Senatorial seats up for grabs next month.
The Comité des Connétables presided
On 15 October 2008 the island will go to the polls to elect six new Senators, nine Constables and to vote on whether we should move the clocks forward an hour or not.
At a nomination meeting for the Senatorial candidates on 16 September, 21 people put their name forward in the hope of being elected with an island wide mandate.
Below you will find links to the audio manifestos recorded by each candidate for BBC Jersey as well as a transcript and mp3 file you can download.
We have also created a pdf file (750k) you can download and print with all the candidates manifestos in one place.
In alphabetical order - the candidates standing for election in the 2008 Senatorial elections are:
Deputy Alan Breckon of St Saviour has been in his current role for fifteen years and has a special interest in social justice and fair play.
He's the Chair of the Health, Social Security and Housing Scrutiny Panel and also the Chair of the Consumer Council, a group he helped set up more than a decade ago.
Deputy Breckon was an opponent of GST and says if he becomes a Senator he'll continue to push for the tax to be removed from food.
Cliff Le Clercq
Cliff le Clercq
Cliff Le Clercq was born and brought up in Jersey and says he's got a passion and desire for his birthplace to remain a special place.
He's a psychotherapist who often works with people with alcohol and addiction problems, which his proposer said proves he's compassionate.
Nick Le Cornu
Nick le Cornu
Nick Le Cornu, a founding member of pressure group Time4Change, believes there's a crisis of public confidence in the government and that policies not personalities should count.
As a lawyer he says he understands the importance of the finance industry and would like to see political, economic and social reform.
St Brelade's Deputy Sarah Ferguson is a former engineer who joined the States after a number of years as an honorary police officer, a system she supports. She's the only woman standing for Senator in this election.
Deputy Ferguson is the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee for three years and wants better financial management of States funding, and would like to see the income support system reviewed.
She also believes there are still people falling through the education system and would like to see more emphasis placed on teaching basic skills.
Mark Forskitt is a member of the 2020 group, who already has political experience as a former county councillor in the UK.
He's opposed to an increase in population saying Jersey needs to strike the right balance between growth and sustainability. He believes it's vital to protect the environment and the island's open spaces.
Mike Higgins is perhaps best known as the organiser of the Jersey International Air Display, an event he believes probably brings more tourists to the island than any other.
He believes there is a need for change in the government because while the States pass some good things and some bad, there is also a lot that never gets done.
Senatorial candidate Deputy Alan Maclean says his current role as Assistant Minister for Economic Development means he responsibility for the airport and harbours.
He claims Jersey has benefited from the introduction of low cost airlines he helped secure, that he's expanded ferry routes and helped introduce the Jersey Boat Show.
Twenty-one year-old Jeremy Macon is the youngest candidate standing for Senator.
He has wanted a career in politics since sixteen and especially wants to give the youth in Jersey a voice that truly understands them and their issues.
Ian Le Marquand
Ian le Marquand
Former chief magistrate Ian Le Marquand is also standing for Senator. He believes his work as an advocate and magistrate has made him an expert on social issues and law and order.
His proposer said Mr Le Marquand has a keen sense of justice and can communicate with people from all walks of life.
Philip Ozouf joined the States in 1999 when he was voted in as a deputy for St Helier, then six years ago he became a Senator.
He's the Minister for Economic Development and believes some of his greatest achievements have been in developing the tourism industry, notably through securing funding for the Battle of Flowers and creating new airlinks for the island.
Senator Ozouf supports government reform and says if he is re-elected he is keen to work on more cultural and social projects.
Nick Palmer, another member of the 2020 group, has a special interest in the environment and works with the Jersey Conservation Volunteer organisation.
He strongly opposes plans for a new incinerator and would propose a cleaner and greener option if he were elected as Senator.
Mick Pashley has lived in Jersey for ten years and wants to give back to the island he now calls home.
He believes Jersey needs greater diversity in the economy because it's too reliant on finance.
He would like to see more cheaper events to attract tourists to the island, for Jersey's football team to play in a UK league and more facilities for young artists and musicians. He supports civil partnerships for same-sex couples.
Chris Perkins has worked in education, finance and the environment. He is the former chair of pressure group Concern and supports a public inquiry into the proposed incinerator.
Mr Perkins doesn't think population growth is the answer to the problems caused by an ageing society.
Trevor Pitman, the second JDA candidate standing for Senator, is a youth and community development worker and wants to support young people through affordable homes and education opportunities.
Mr Pitman was proposed last night by seventeen year-old Laetitia Prior who said the current government doesn't listen to islanders.
Senator Paul Routier, the Minister for Social Security, is also seeking re-election. He too joined the States as a deputy nine years ago and became a Senator in 2002.
He's proud of developing and overseeing the move from parish welfare to the new income support system, dropping prescription charges and getting legislation passed which gave workers benefits like the minimum wage.
He says if he was given another term as Senator he will continue to focus on social and health issues and thinks in particular long term care for the elderly needs to be looked at.
Another deputy seeking a seat as senator is Deputy Geoff Southern, standing for the Jersey Democratic Alliance.
He believes after seven years in the States he has a wide range of expertise and during his time as a St Helier deputy has campaigned to keep free school milk and was an opponent of the GST.
He is also chair of the Economic Affairs Scrutiny panel and stands for reform. His proposer described him last night as a champion of the underdogs.
Monfort Tadier is a member of the group Time4Change, he's campaigned against the introduction of GST and is concerned States spending is not controlled.
He opposes the new waste plant at La Collette and calls for more transparency in the government.
Peter Troy became a Deputy for St Brelade nine years ago and is the Assistant Minister for Social Security and the Vice President of the Overseas Aid Commission.
He says one of his best achievements in the States was to introduce a carers' allowance. He's also a supporter of reform and was instrumental in amending the structure of question time in the States.
If he wins a Senatorial seat he says he'll argue for a smaller incinerator than the current plans suggest, and would like to see a co-ordinated recycling scheme including island wide doorstop collection.
Mike Vibert spent 12 years in the States, and recently negotiated free nursery places for pre-school children and said he's proud of the exam results Jersey students get.
He would put together a ten-year Education plan if he's re-elected and he believes although reading levels in primary schools have improved there's still more work to be done.
Adrian Walsh is an analyst for a Jersey bank and runs the political online forum Planet Jersey. He would like to see more free child-care to allow mother's to return to work sooner.
Mr Walsh also says he would like to see a change in the law to give more help for small businesses.
Daniel Wimberley set up a local cycle tour company, was chair of Christian Aid in the island and helped launch the Jersey Fairtrade Group.
He believes there needs to be a new relationship between the government and the people and wants islanders to reduce their impact on the environment.
There are two types of audio links available for each candidate - you can either use the Listen to the manifesto now link to hear it streamed with Real Player or the Download link to put it on your computer as an mp3 file.
last updated: 03/10/2008 at 13:29
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