Candidate's wife will do anything for love (and votes)
IT'S fair to say the husbands and wives of most local council candidates do a lot to support their partners.
But when Ballina Mayoral candidate Ray Karam told his wife Sarah Karam he was going to run for local council, he would never have guessed what that support was going to look like.
Sarah, one of the owners of the Belle General café in Ballina, was on the coffee machine when a popular 90s hip hop song came on and one of her staff members suggested she make a remix of it to support Ray's campaign.
Much to her staff's surprise she turned up to work the next day with most of the song rewritten and asked them to take part in a hip hop video for YouTube.
She took the idea to Ray and he loved it. From there they developed the lyrics, not only to let people know that Ray was running for Ballina Mayor but also to let people know how to vote.
The video has now been viewed online by more than 600 people.
Ray said the video was about bringing some fun to what can be "a bit of a dry subject for people."
"We also wanted to connect to the younger generation who might not be that interested in politics," he said.
Emphasising the importance of community engagement, Ray said that as well as the video, he was also launching a survey to hear directly about what issues were most important to local people.
"The survey is a good way to learn about what is affecting the people of Ballina and how best I can support the community," he said.
Sarah and Ray said that they hoped both the video and the survey would inspire people to become more involved in local politics and in the community.
Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RK4MAYOR
About Ray Karam
Ray Karam is a Ballina based businessman and father of five school-aged children. He is currently running for Mayor of Ballina and 'A' Ward Councillor.
A former police officer and a board member of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Ray Karam brings a love of people and business to all aspects of his work in the community.
Together, Ray and Sarah have five school-aged children.