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Laois Offaly election candidate Ken Smollen did no canvassing

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois Offaly election candidate Ken Smollen did no canvassing

Cllr Ken Smollen at the Laois Offaly count centre.

Offaly county councillor Ken Smollen said that he did no canvassing door to door at all.

The candidate got 2,611 first preference votes, running for the Irish Democratic Party. He was 10th out of the fifteen Laois Offaly candidates.

“I am more than happy with the amount of vote I received,” he said.

He explained why he didn’t go door to door for votes.

“I am out every single day 52 weeks of the year Christmas day included getting supplies of food to people experiencing food poverty and it’s a crisis that’s very well hidden. Research says that 750,000 people on this island don’t have enough food to eat every day. Almost all of my campaign was carried out on social media.

“Yesterday I couldn’t get here because I visited 24 families with food,” he said.

Asked why he ran for election with , he said that as a newly elected Offaly county councillor for Tullamore, the crisis also has to be dealt with at Government level. 

Cllr Smollen got 1054 votes in that election. “I intend raising this at council level but it most progress to central Government as well. 

He gets the food from people who buy it and donate it, and has distributor volunteers to send it to Offaly and surrounding counties he said.

“I have what I call about 40 family rescue teams who donate to me once a month, with four storage areas last Christmas, one in Laois and three in Offaly,” Cllr Smollen said.

He added that housing, the homeless crisis and health are also of concern to him.