When I commented that there had been ructions in the local LibDems over their candidate selection, a couple of councillors were swift to rebut my claims and told us that Ernie Hendricks had been selected as
Name recognition is important in elections - there are a surprising number of voters who go into the booth and vote for the name they recognise, hence the view amongst politicians that any publicity is good publicity. So, from fairly early on, candidates will be given equal billing with any serving councillors - usually as a campaigner or something like that. Photo opportunities will ensure that the candidate gets his mug in the leaflet on a regular basis, usually proving the adage that politics is showbiz for ugly people.
Oddly, this hasn't been happening in the leafier parts of Moseley. I've also seen a letter sent to constituents last year which merely asks them to vote Liberal Democrat without naming the candidate (Zaman Khan).
Surely they can't be afraid that petty racism will affect their vote?