The countdown begins: 50 days until Bristol elects a mayor
In 50 days Bristolians will be taking part in an historical vote for the city's first elected mayor. Here The Post editor Mike Norton launches a campaign to create a people's manifesto - and find out your views on what the mayor's priorities should be.
OUR great city is just 50 days away from one of the most significant political changes in its 850-year history.
On November 15, we will vote for Bristol's first elected mayor and change forever its political landscape.
And today, The Post begins the countdown.
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Because we want as many Bristolians as possible to vote and to have a say in this momentous change.
Not just to help choose our first elected mayor. But to voice the issues that should become the new leader's priorities.
We want to pop the vainglorious political echo chamber and let some new opinions in.
We start today by asking 50 people in Bristol what the mayor's priorities should be. And, over the next seven weeks, our reporters will be in every council ward asking the same question.
We've also teamed up with an apolitical organisation called The Bristol Manifesto.
Together, we'll be collecting Bristolians' wishes to create a people's manifesto as well as holding mayoral debates in every compass point of the city's suburbs.
We won't be backing any of the 13 candidates. We will be challenging and scrutinising them.
Bristol is a wonderful city. But it's also disparate and disconnected. And many of its people feel disenfranchised by its stagnated political system.
We hope that someone can emerge from this process who will be the great mayor that this great city deserves, who can re-ignite and reunite the city by restoring its faith in leadership.
A champion for Bristol. Someone who thumps tables in Whitehall. Someone who can celebrate this city's defiance without allowing it to stunt its growth. Someone every Bristolian can feel is working for them and who can create success from which every Bristolian will benefit.
So let's get started. The next 50 days are vitally important to the future of our city.
The Bristol Manifesto - have your say
Using technology, you can tell the mayor directly what you want to see in our city - and make sure he or she listens.
It's a powerful way we can all work together to create the city we want to see.
The Bristol Manifesto is a volunteer, apolitical organisation that has been set up to make this happen. Backed by the Post, it wants to gather the wishes of all of Bristol - 350,000 people - put them together in a unique manifesto, and give them to the mayoral candidates.
It will be the first time anywhere in the world that this has been done.
How do you join in? Simple. You don't have to be a voter or give your name. Just go to www.bristolmanifesto.org and click on the Three Wishes for Bristol button.