One of the burning questions Warrnambool residents have had in the city council elections relates to the skill set each candidate brings.
It's a question many readers have asked of The Standard, which prompted us to give the candidates the chance to answer.
Matt Walsh said he had worked for a federal government organisation for over a decade, where good governance - transparency, accountability, equitable decision making and inclusion - was necessary.
"I understand the importance of administering public funds under strict controls; this is something that is considerably lacking in the current council," Mr Walsh said.
Steve Moore said he was passionate about the community's needs.
"I am open and willing to listen to concerns and ideas on how to make our city more liveable and welcoming to everyone," he said.
Angie Paspiliaris said she had been attending council meetings for several years, asking questions about decisions made that she believed did not serve the community's best interests.
Andrew Squires said he had excellent management and leadership skills.
"I take pride in leading by example," he said.
Vicki Jellie said she had excellent negotiation skills, and a proven and strong advocacy background of working in partnership with local communities and organisations.
Lynn Hudson said she had high level skills from working as a lawyer, a role "that demands the highest ethical conduct".
Sue Cassidy said she had been involved in the successful completion of a number of major projects.
"I always do my due diligence before making any decision and I can work with anyone - I am a good listener," she said.
Richard Ziegeler said he had been involved with a number of community organisations for decades in a voluntary capacity.
"I am a communicator and a lateral thinker/problem solver," he said.
Ben Blain said he had an empathy and understanding for the community. "I think I possess a strong business and financial sense to make decisions that should deliver the best value to the community for their dollar," he said.
Michael McCluskey said he offered a unique blend of diverse employment experience combined with the capacity for respectful independent thought.
Debbie Arnott said the personal values she would bring to the council were honesty, open-mindedness, efficiency, dependability, compassion and strong ethics.
Peter Sycopoulis said he had extensive business experience, a strong work ethic and a high moral compass.
Jacinta Anderson said she had a youthful and positive outlook.
"I am trustworthy, forward thinking, compassionate, an excellent listener and proactive."
Jim Burke said he a long record of probity and ethical behaviour.
Bruce Campbell said he had strong leadership skills and was involved in a number of council advisory groups.
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