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A Conflicted Local Councillor

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What do you owe a protesting community group for its electoral support?

You are a recently elected local government councillor. During your election campaign you talked to a community group protesting against the proposed redevelopment of a local boating facility. You expressed sympathy for their position and, though you did not ask them to do so, they subsequently chose to campaign for you.

Since your success at the election you have had the benefit of more information and facts provided by Council officers. You now have reservations about the group’s position. They want you to oppose the redevelopment but you can see that it would benefit other groups in the community. The matter is coming to the next Council meeting for a vote.

What should you do?


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