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Election Candidates Unite For A 'Better Way'

Better Way candidates Lucy Stephenson, Alex Curtis, Kristina Moore, & David Warr and supporters Toni Roberts, Marisa Warren & Robert Surcouf.

A group of independent candidates standing in this summer's General Election have joined forces and promised to work together to form a 'better way' for Jersey if elected.

The group - which says it does not intend to register as a political party - says its members still support shared principles and will work together to ensure:

  • The States Assembly responds to the needs of the people of Jersey
  • Decisions are sustainable and evidence-based; balancing social, economic and environmental wellbeing
  • Spending is affordable now and for future generations
  • Diversity is valued, recognising the potential of every islander
  • Jersey plays a positive and relevant role internationally
  • Business and entrepreneurial skills are supported to generate financial growth and stability

Members will still vote independently and will not have a party affiliation on official ballot papers.

The group describes itself as 'a broad church', saying The Better Way is 'not defined by political dogma and members are not bound to toe any party lines'.

Senator Kristina Moore - who is the only current States Member to announce they have joined - says the Better Way aims to field candidates in all nine districts.

She will be standing as a Deputy for St Mary, St Ouen and St Peter after States reforms were agreed which will see the role of Senator abolished.

Another member of the group is JEP journalist Lucy Stephenson, who announced last month that she will be standing for election.

"We have a strong set of values and principles that have brought us together. We are stronger together and together we are determined to offer positive politics alongside open and transparent leadership in an uncertain world."

Alex Curtis, a Microsoft data scientist who also founded La Cote Distillery, has revealed his intention to stand as a candidate in his home parish of St Clement.

"We believe that it is important to maintain the island’s traditionally independent, consensus-based politics. However, in a world facing great instability, those who are elected in June must be ready to work together in a positive way and respond to what may become a rapidly changing scenario."

Cooper & Co. owner, who'll stand in St Helier, David Warr says it's important the people of Jersey are listened to:

"In order to represent the people we intend to engage with the people, that starts with listening. We have a series of events planned across the island. We hope that people will be as excited to get involved in these elections as we are.

What is really important is that people register to vote and have their voice heard on June 22nd."

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