Jonathan Maher and Jeff Berman: two independents running for Liverpool mayor
It is inevitable in the Liverpool mayor race that the high profile candidates will get more coverage than the independents.
However, in response to criticism that I have not given coverage here to some of the lesser known candidates here is a post about two independents who have had little exposure yet.
The first is PhD student Jonathan Maher who lives in is spelling out his ideas on his blog Let's Transform Liverpool.
Mr Maher, 28, has clearly done a lot of research and the sections of his site are peppered with interesting (and shocking) facts about the city.
He pledges to donate half the mayor's salary to charity and said he would adopt "safety net" economics. With a degree in environmental sciences, his campaign has a strong environmental message running through it.
On his website he says: "Let's reclaim our city and move beyond the old stale politics that have dogged its development for decades.
"Embrace a new model of governance that puts the people of Liverpool and reducing the costs of day-to-day living first.
Another independent is inventor and engineer Jeff Berman, 58, who has previously stood in council elections and is the founder of the Liverpool Independent Party.
His campaign is focused on encouraging small businesses. He also wants to introduce free parking on Sundays and pledges to sort out the traffic chaos at the Menlove Avenue and Queens Drive roundabout - the "Allerton Maze".
He said: "I believe the way to economic recovery is through manufacturing. Liverpool has an Industrial Heritage going back centuries. People in Liverpool, especially the over 50's, have a wealth of experience ready to be put to good use.
"I'm encouraged to see the enthusiasm of young people in Liverpool who have started there own enterprises. I like Facebook as a communication medium and find YouTube a wealth of useful information and entertainment.
"I want to encourage smaller businesses. Large businesses obtain millions of pounds of support. Yet viable independent enterprises are often denied the lifeblood of funding."