FATHER of five and local property valuer Kerry Harrold is taking his "common sense approach" to life to the Central Highlands Regional Council election.
The fifth-generation Central Highlands resident who was born in Springsure and raised in Rolleston said a good councillor needed to understand how to cut costs, think effectively and get the biggest bang for your buck.
"The council has a bucket of money and it has to get the job done with it," he said.
"I'm one of the vice-presidents of the Emerald Show Society and we have had to make a new, smaller budget work, there's no second option," he said.
"It's time to take the gold trimmings off and be practical."
Kerry is opposed to the proposed levee banks project as he believes the positives do not outweigh the costs.
"It's a burden the whole electorate would have to wear for a very long time and I personally think there are better options," he said.
Kerry said he would work to find efficiencies in order to keep rates down and to ensure smaller communities received their fair share.
"Each community should at least have their top priority addressed each year. It's not fair that one area gets three projects, while others get nothing.
"I'm on the ground every day travelling through these communities, and that's something I would continue - there's nothing like firsthand feedback."
Kerry said having raised five children locally gave him an appreciation for the struggles and triumphs of the community.
"I know what it's like to have a mortgage, I know what it's like to have a property that's worth less than you paid for it, I know what it's like having children saving for their first house and I know what it's like having children trying to hold onto their first house," he said.
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