Candidate’s different approach to hustings
A SENATORIAL election candidate who suffers from a speech and language disorder will not take part in the question and answer sessions of hustings.
Ant Lewis, who suffered a serious stroke ten years ago which left him with aphasia, has decided the format of the hustings is incompatible with the disorder and he will be unable to take part. Instead, Mr Lewis will deliver a pre-prepared speech at the hustings and will hold a minimum of three one-to-one meetings throughout the campaign to talk to voters. He will also be using social media platforms to speak to the electorate.
Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to speak, read or write and comes after a brain injury – most commonly from a stroke. Mr Lewis has previously said that if he is successful in the election he will use ‘personal and technological support’ to assist him in his role as a States Member.
A disability campaigner and former journalist, Mr Lewis is one of 17 candidates seeking one of the eight Senatorial seats available.
The drop-in sessions for voters to meet Mr Lewis will be held at:
* Beresford Street Kitchen – Saturday 28 April between 11 am and 1 pm.
* Holme Grown – Saturday 5 May between 11 am and 1 pm.
* King Street – Saturday 12 May between 11 am and 1 pm.
Voters wishing to speak to Mr Lewis are being invited to do so by searching for Ant Lewis on Facebook, @AlewisjerseyAnt on Twitter or via antlewis.com.