THERAPIST Cliff Le Clercq is standing for Senator.
The 58-year-old therapist and counsellor is the fifth candidate to declare for the Senatorial elections, which will be held in October. Mr Le Clercq has been in private practice as a therapist and counsellor for the last ten years, and worked as a cab driver to pay for his training in the UK and the US.
A former JEP columnist, he said that he had decided to stand because he was concerned about several Island issues. ‘People come to me to sort out their problems and I think it is only a question of multiplying the numbers, really,’ he said. ‘Obviously, we know we need a finance industry but I do not think that it should be given unbridled rein to run away with itself.
‘I’m also concerned that we must not have a “brain drain” of students going to university and not coming back because they cannot afford housing here. I do not think that I have all of the answers for everybody. I’m leaning towards the view that less government is more.’
Jerseyman Mr Le Clercq, a St Ouen resident and surfer who says that he is against the proposed redevelopment at the Watersplash, said that he would like a role dealing with environmental issues if elected. He joins sitting Senator Mike Vibert, Deputy Peter Troy, former Magistrate Ian Le Marquand and Fairtrade campaigner Daniel Wimberley in the running for Senator.