I don't want to start challenging my elders and betters already but I can't fathom what some of these posts have got to do with local candidates.
In local elections I always vote for the candidate and not the party. Councillors do play party politics at the Town Hall but National Policies don't come into it that much.
Last year we had a blank sheet - all new candidates with no incumbent. Any vote in Marple that isn't Conservative or LibDem is going to be wasted, so I figured I'd vote for one of them. I didn't know anything about the conservative candidate, in fact I can't now remember his name - I wrote to him and asked him some stuff (nothing to personal) but he didn't reply. To this day I've never even seen him. Now Councillor Kev, I know him, I'm always seeing him around Marple, he lives in Marple, he's got a business in Marple, a couple of kids, his wife is a very high - ranking local government officer, but we won't hold that against him - so I VOTED FOR HIM.
This year is a bit different but again for me it is between Shan and Carl, I've not made up my mind yet.